The ‘Tunnel Under the Venn Diagram’ features in an international exhibition of surrealist art curated by poet David Greenslade at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s B Block Gallery, Cyncoed Campus. ‘Gogoneddus Ych-a-Fi / Glorious Disgust’ includes work by 30 artists including Hervé Constant, anthropologist Desmond Morris, Sarah Rhys, David Rees Davies and John Welson.
Parry and Glynn’s model of the tunnel had been installed at Newport Cathedral in 2017 as part of ‘In Their Footsteps’, a celebration of the Chartists’ legacy. The under-drawing led to the discovery of a large network of conversational pathways and the founding of a university between all the others. A pamphlet about the University of Wednesdays was made available at the Private View on 23 March, along with Disappointment Form D37.
Readings and presentations led by David Greenslade etched the event in memory and ritual. John Richardson made an excellent rallying speech celebrating surrealism as a collective movement against miserablism, declaring ‘Mad Love’ to be at the disruptive heart of the surrealist endeavour, amplifying André Breton’s defiant insistence on love’s transcendence over despair. Rhea Seren Philips read two of her poems exploring internal rhythm and resonance, David Rees Davies played a Nelson Eddy recording, Sarah Rhys presented fabric from Dagmar Štěpánková, and Richard Parry sang an extract from Thomas Arne’s setting of Comus by John Milton, accompanied on invisible piano. David presented participants each with a cardboard tube of assorted reading material and toothpaste. Hervé Constant recited an intoxicating poem by Baudelaire:
Il faut être toujours ivre.
Tout est là:
c’est l’unique question.
Pour ne pas sentir
l’horrible fardeau du Temps
qui brise vos épaules
et vous penche vers la terre,
il faut vous enivrer sans trêve.
Mais de quoi?
De vin, de poésie, ou de vertu, à votre guise,
English translation here: https://allpoetry.com/Get-Drunk
The exhibition continues until 19 Apr 2018 in college hours.