Of all the French cultural exports over the last years or so, ‘pataphysics–the science of imaginary solutions and the laws governing exceptions–has proven. 10 Jun ‘Pataphysics A Useless Guide by Andrew Hugill, Evolution of Consciousness ARJ2 Review by Bobby Matherne. 13 Nov Frenchman Alfred Jarry (–), a diminutive queer alcoholic raised on Rabelais and steeped in Symbolism, could be called the John the.

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But we are still entitled to ask whether the pataphysicist makes a distinction between the fictionalism of the things represented and the props used in the fiction. No, you don’t think so? Since these ideas stand in counterpoint to science, rather than art, pataphysics has managed to sustain itself most effectively, finding fertile ground in any mind that thinks the objective truths of empiricism at least demand a little playful tweaking, if not wholesale reevaluation.

Here the antinomy was erotic, formally arranged as a hinge which was the symbol of the opposition. On the other hand, a much less visible and generally us acknowledged pataphysics made its presence felt both in the artistic world and, to a certain extent, in the wider society.

‘Pataphysics – Andrew Hugill

The content surely speaks for itself, it is so fascinating. I am glad to see Fort uselesd, though, as there are many objective similarities between his work and ‘Pataphysics. But this hardly seems radical.


Hugill rightly albeit briefly discusses the slippery realities of Philip K. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. He gives the geography of the movement and maps out the exhilaration of uselessness. Both Paris and the idea of Paris were the hubs of pataphysics during this period. First published in 3: This book is a missed opportunity, and it is surprising that it saw print in this state. From a contradiction, everything follows.

It is generally agreed that it lies around the roots of many of the key artistic and cultural developments of the twentieth century, including absurdism, Dada, futurism, surrealism, situationism, and others.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Drawing on more than twenty-five years’ research, Hugill maps the ‘pataphysical kseless partly conscious and acknowledged but largely aptaphysics and unacknowledged in literature, theater, music, the visual arts, and the culture at large, and even detects ‘pataphysical influence in the social sciences and the sciences.

There are Bayesian arguments for miracles. My career began as a physicist, evolved into a computer scientist, massage therapist, psychotherapist, philosopher, writer, photographer, cartoonist, poet, novelist, editor, and publisher and it continues to evolve 1. It was a pataphysical object which he repeated as the conceptual understanding of the endgame position of games of chess, described in the seminal book Opposition and Sister Squares Useleas Reconciled which Duchamp co-authored with Vitaly Halberstadt in To view it, click here.

To uweless what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. There have been many accounts of the life of Jarry, beginning with those of his contemporaries, however embarking on the various facts and anecdotes that have made Jarry’s life so famous, it is worth recollecting that the great majority of his time was spent reading, writing, and making art.


A list of those he influenced would be terrifyingly imposing; suffice to say that a major web-archive of the avant-garde is called Ubuweb.

Comments are open to registered bookforum. Covering the subject from a variety of angles, the author’s love for all things ‘pataphysical is obvious. Jarry sees second stage religion as too end-orientated.

The imaginary Paris was particularly important for those artists, thinkers, pataphysixs pataphysicians who were displaced by the war, an idea summed up in Marchel Duchamp’s ready-made, Air de Paris. Apr 24, Clinton rated it really liked it.


Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on oataphysics go. Jarry’s legacy was interpreted in various ways by different groups and individuals, each claiming him as a precursor.

Tzara and Lenin Play Chess. In the face of these perils one may well wonder why this book exists at all. Those of you who take exception to anything the author or I have written in this review should follow that rule.