FACTOID # 13: New York has America's lowest percentage of residents who are veterans.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
RELATED ARTICLES
People who viewed "Pataphysics" also viewed:
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Pataphysics

Pataphysics, an absurdist concept coined by the French writer Alfred Jarry, is the idea of a philosophy or science dedicated to studying what lies beyond the realm of metaphysics. It is a parody of the theory and methods of modern science and is often expressed in nonsensical language. A practitioner of pataphysics is a pataphysician or a pataphysicist.


In the 1960s pataphysics was used as a conceptual principle within various art forms, especially pop art and popular culture. Works within the pataphysical tradition tend to focus on the processes of their creation, and elements of chance or arbitrary choices are frequently key in those processes. Select pieces from Marcel Duchamp and John Cage characterize this. The most prominent mention of pataphysics from this period is in the Beatles's song "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". At around this time, the Paris based Situationist International referred to pataphysics as a new religion. (see pataphysical situation).


Pataphysics is sometimes defined as "the science of imaginary solutions, which symbolically attributes the properties of objects, described by their virtuality, to their lineaments" (from Alfred Jarry's Book Faustroll).


An example of a pataphysical solution to a problem: A group of people have to walk up and down a steep hill several times a day, in order to get from their place of work to the nearest bus stop. The problem is solved by installing a ski-lift to take them up the hill, and distributing skateboards for coming down. Rube Goldberg and Heath Robinson were artists who invented (pictorial representations of) machines of a pataphysical bent.


See also: Pataphysical situation - a situlogical critique of pataphysics


The London Institute of Pataphysics

The London Institute of Pataphysics was established in September 2000 to promote pataphysics. It organised the Anthony Hancock Paintings and Sculptures: A Retrospective Exhibition.


It has six departments:

  • Bureau for the Investigation of Subliminal Images
  • Committee for Hirsutism and Pogonotrophy
  • Department of Dogma and Theory
  • Department of Potassons
  • Department of Reconstructive Archaeology
  • The Office of Patentry

See also

External links

  • LIP website (http://www.atlaspress.co.uk/theLIP/)
  • Marcel Duchamp and Pataphysics (http://www.toutfait.com/issues/issue_3/Articles/williams/williams.html)

  Results from FactBites:
 
Patafisica = a science of exceptions, of imaginary solutions (212 words)
Two notions were behind Pataphysics: that of equivalences and the clinamen or slight decline of atoms falling.
In 1893, Jarry attributes to Pere Ubu the invention of Pataphysics, 'a science that we have invented and which is generally felt to be needed'.
Pataphysics is the science of imaginary solutions that symbolically attributes to the feature the properties of the objects described according to their virtuality'.
Pataphysics (694 words)
Pataphysics, a term coined by the French writer Alfred Jarry, is a philosophy dedicated to studying what lies beyond the realm of metaphysics.
Raymond Queneau has described 'pataphysics as resting "on the truth of contradictions and exceptions." It is a parody of the theory and methods of modern science and is often expressed in nonsensical language.
Perhaps the most famous mention of 'pataphysics remains The Beatles' 1969 song "Maxwell's Silver Hammer." Actual works within the 'pataphysical tradition tend to focus on the processes of their creation, and elements of chance or arbitrary choices are frequently key in those processes.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m