British Surrealist Group (1938)
We Ask Your Attention
From a pamphlet issued by the British Surrealist Group, designed by Henry Moore, London,1938
(reprinted in Art and Social Change, Will Bradley and Charles Esche, eds., London: Tate, 2007, pp. 110-114)
[From a pamphlet arguing for intervention in the Spanish Civil War, but has larger ramifications I think…]
“If only in self-defense we must END ALL FORMS OF NON-INTERVENTION, INTERVENE IN THE FIELD OF POITICS, INTERVENE IN THE FIELD OF IMAGINATION.
THE REVOLUTION which we can bring about must have as its object the DEVELOPMENT OF CONSCIOUSNESS and the WIDER SATISFACTION OF DESIRE.” [113
[Nice link between the field of politics (material: supply the Republican side with arms and support) and intervening in the “field of imagination.” Also note the bohemian call for “wider satisfaction of desire.” ]