Death Note: Through a Surrealist Eye

D’s Dialectics

“If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation of the dream.”

― René Magritte

It isn’t wrong to say that the art of splitting colours and the reflection of human emotions are still intaglio and are firmly tethered to materialistic convictions and tenets. In contrast, Edification has become a myth as our need to control the intellect is incompatible with race and our extreme objective of acquiring virtue. On my journey of becoming a human, I came across several variables that made me think. I realized that death is what I need to contemplate in my journey to find the deeper meaning of my presence. I don’t know whether I can comprehend anything in my current life, because it isn’t long enough to dismember and unwrap the puzzles related to life. I must determine whether I have ever come to terms with the meaning of my life; I never left any stone unturned that may lead me to a legitimacy about its reason for being. In light of this, I must ask myself whether I have ever come close to discovering the purpose of my life; Consciousness is non-existent for me; it is our subconscious that takes care of our senses and helps us in living as radical beings. Oftentimes, dreams delude, but they never lie; real isn’t what the cognizant intellect envisions, but what our unconscious brain perceives. Curiosity is what we ought to understand because it is the only trust, the pre-eminent truth. Our conscious state makes the majority of our everyday decisions, but our subconscious directs our actions. Our actions always have a reason why we do them, they are driven by the subconscious.

There is a profound connection between surrealism and psychoanalysis. An imperative factor here is the capacity of the unconscious mind to generate concepts and feelings that aren’t obvious to the conscious mind to see and understand. Sigmund Freud considered the unconscious as the coded expressions of everyday life images and representations that ought to be analyzed. This leads to the radical capacity to make choices. In Freud’s view, neurosis was often the result of uncertain clashes and disturbances in early childhood psychosexual improvement.

What is life? I inquired.
Life is nothing but a meaningless entity. D replied.
But why? Don’t you believe in religion? Don’t you have faith in God? Don’t you believe in love?
No, it is a myth.
Why are so many individuals after these?
Because they are normal beings.
Who is normal for you?
Those who can’t think.

This notion informed Surrealist demeanors toward love and sexuality, which were the essential subjects of their imaginative work. Additionally, they were a major site of political expressions and exercises opposing the intrinsic values and imperatives of sexual freedom. However, the Surrealist group’s promotion of free sexuality was restricted and prohibited homosexuality among males. A surrealistic perception of the world isn’t the way we see the world in our regular lives, but it could be a blessing to a group of uncommon humans. The ability to penetrate the subconscious to travel through the codes that lead to the future is a gift for those who are able to do so. Yes, our brain knows it all. The paintings of Salvador Dali and René Magritte weren’t simply an attempt to create reality, but also to find a utopia, an interchangeable reality. Religion, culture, and conviction structures have an intense impact on mankind, but these frameworks do not provide insight into what is truly going on. One must leave this tattered materialistic physical world that has no value on the off chance that you’re to get everything upside down, a world inside a world, or simply the mirror picture. Literary giants like Edgar Alan Poe and Franz Kafka were profoundly subordinate to the fantastic side (for me that’s the real one).

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream”

  • Edgar Alan Poe

In order to truly engage the public and incite thought, surrealism isn’t only about the construction of images that are not directly related to human flawlessness. Instead, the reason was to offer different perspectives to the public in order to encourage them to think. To stir the observer’s awareness of the immediate reality and the side beyond conscious discernment. With surrealism, the public is able to explore their dreams and ponder social doctrines as well as everything around them. No matter what we dream of, we never dare to disassemble or decode it. Surrealism usually does not let us see it, but it was always there, creating a communication element that we do not see in other surrealist artists who normally use psychological justifications that claim the expression of the unconscious is sufficient to justify their work.

All we need is to think, but to think critically. The rodent race will not help us pick up virtue, but by fundamentally assessing and examining it, we may create our conscious and subconscious intellects. Artists, authors, and filmmakers revealed dimensions of the brain we never would have considered. Adapting this to modern times and dealing with all the myths related to the brain and living utopianism are both essential. Our brain is more capable than we realize.

About Abhishek Dixit

Abhishek Dixit is a Film Director, Art and Film Critic, Thinker, Researcher, Artist, Data Scientist, screenwriter, and Author. Currently, obtaining his BFA in Film Direction at the Faculty of Film and Television at the PLC State University of Performing and Visual Arts. He has also been pursuing a Master's degree in Philosophy from Indira Gandhi National Open University. He graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Folklore and Culture Studies, a Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology, and a Diploma in Information Technology. Furthermore, he has completed courses at significant pioneer institutions like courses in Persian Language, Literature, and Art from the National Museum. He has also completed a Certificate in Theatre Appreciation from the National School of Drama. He also did short courses at the Film and Television Institute of India, Australian Film and Television Institute, and Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute. The ArtX Company and the Goethe Institute granted him a fellowship for the Culture Management in the Digital Age project. Among his past work are three acclaimed documentaries, a web series, "The Laachaars” (Under Post Production), and a few short movies. Two of his books are in the works: a critical biography about Ebrahim Alkazi, for which he received a grant from The Raza Foundation; and a historical romance fiction novel called Coast and Shore. Mahindra and Mahindra granted him an all-India scholarship for having a stellar scholastic record. He is committed to Preserving, Protecting, and Promoting human expression, literature, culture, cinema, and heritage.

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