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Turn on, tune in, drop out

Timothy Leary, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, 1967.

The meaning of the phrase has been endlessly debated [indeed changed by Leary himself in later years?] but it leapt into my head after the Brazil post on Monday, [as arguably Sam has permanently ‘tuned out’] which was concerned somehow with trying to escape the contemporary ‘Rat-Race’ [artistically at least, totally at best] which is nothing less than a Capitalist Behemoth eager to swallow everything up. For some reason into my head popped the Krollsnork.

The Escape of the Krollsnork – Witold Generowicz, 1987

Everyone knows Maurice Sendak’s 1963 Where The Wild Things Are or the works of Dr. Seuss [some might even know the works of Edward Gorey] but sometimes it seems that ‘classic’ illustrated [ostensibly children’s] pieces can slip through the net? I picked up this fantastic fantastical book by Witold Generowicz many years ago from a bargain bin of all places and could never understand how/why it hadn’t become a hit? I am amazed that there is no flip through on YouTube, as the book consists of conjoined pages [like a concertina] rather than usual single book pages, which completely complements the story being told [you can chose to read so you can only see a part of the story or unfold the nearly 5 metres length to see the whole story in one frieze].

Though of course I mis-remembered the story, only remembering the ‘beastiness’, so completely forgetting how the tale ended [literally with the escape of the Krollsnork]. Fanciful and Romantic a thought, but perhaps Capitalism is a machine desperately trying to self-destruct itself like so many of Jean Tinguely’s sculptures, or like an Ouroboros perpetually attempting to swallow itself out of existence.

Fragment from Homage to New York, Jean Tinguely, 1960.


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