Jump start your new year with surrealism

Maya Deren surrealist shorts, Meshes of the Afternoon; At Land; Ritual in Transfigured Time, et al. David Lynch had his moments, and most of those he lifted from Deren’s short films from the 1940s. Her project was to create art that injected a heavy dose of feminine sensibility into the largely male aesthetic of surrealism and in this she succeeded largely through technical achievements that were jaw-dropping at the time but have since become commonplace. Images that Deren created 80 years ago can be seen in everything from films by supposedly serious people like Lynch to sci-pop spectaculars like the Matrix movies to music videos for schlock-pop performers like Lady Gaga. Go to the source and chuck all these poseurs in the dustbin.

It looks like most of the short films are available on youtube. Here’s some good ones:

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