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When and Where:
Friday, November 6, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
at Glendale Branch Library

6101 N. Keystone Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana 46220


Event Description:

Kick-off the Spirit & Place Festival and DREAM theme by joining us for a surrealist party you won’t forget! Costumes, head wear, and other wackiness are encouraged!

Question: How many surrealists does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Answer: A fish.

In celebration of its 20th Anniversary and DREAM theme, Spirit & Place and the Indianapolis Public Library invite you to get creatively weird! Dreams will become reality as you step into a surrealist-themed environment where your unconscious mind is allowed total creative freedom. The surrealists themselves often played automatic writing and drawing games to unlock the creative potential of the unconscious mind and our partners at Big Car and Indy Reads will re-create these experiences for you. Themed refreshments, including green apples to peculiar finger foods, music, art, film, and a few surprises will round out the evening. Surrealist-themed attire is encouraged! You might meet Dali in the crowd and want to be dressed to impress . . .

Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs requested by Nov. 6.

Presented by Spirit & Place and the Indianapolis Public Library with programming support from Big Car and Indy Reads. Special thanks to Sun King Brewing and Writing Futures at Marian University

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Surrealism, a 20th-century avant-garde movement in art and literature, sought to unleash imagination by tapping into the unconscious mind and juxtaposing incongruent objects and ideas. Influenced by Sigmund Freud, surrealists believed societal expectations and taboos weigh down our ability to be truly creative. Artists such as Salvador Dali, Frieda Kahlo, René Magritte, Joan Miró, and writer André Breton instead looked to the subconscious to find inspiration. These artists and writers often turned the vivid and bizarre aspects of their dreams and subconscious thoughts into works that have influenced generations.