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Transmission: Tuesday, 29th May 2007

Imagine... It's the Surreal Thing

Imagine... takes a personal and dream-like journey from Sigmund’s Freud couch (where the story of Surrealism began) to the exhibition of ‘Surreal Things’ at the V&A. Alan Yentob explores the history of Surrealism and its legacies, making the case for the Surrealist conviction that the world is ‘an immense museum of strangeness’.

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Imagine... It's the Surreal Thing 

Tracks: It's The Surreal Thing

Tracks: It's The Surreal Thing

Posted: Wednesday, 6th June 2007

Listen to samples from tracks featured in It's The Surreal Thing...

Listen to:
Bumble Boogie by Maurice Horhut (aka Juke Joint Gentlemen)

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Phoenix Riddim by Kid 606 

Listen to:
L'Enfant et les sortileges; VI by Ravel


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Use of Bumble Boogie courtesy of Maurice Horhut.

Imagine… it's the surreal thing was on BBC One on 29th May 2007.

Imagine... It's the Surreal Thing 

Gallery: "isms" and "wasms"

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Posted: Wednesday, 30th May 2007

"I feel that every night, when I dream, I have this kind of film cine club that I visit," director Michel Gondry confesses to us, "and I can dig anything I want for free, and use it for my work."

View the gallery and read thoughts on Surrealism by contributors to Imagine... it's the surreal thing including Grayson Perry, Philippe Starck and George Melly.

Image: Zoe Walker with Portable Paradise.

Imagine… it's the surreal thing was on BBC One on 29th May 2007.

Imagine... It's the Surreal Thing 

Video: A New Way Of Juggling

Video: A New Way Of Juggling Play Video

Posted: Wednesday, 30th May 2007

"The mind of the dreaming man is fully satisfied with whatever happens to it," stated Andrew Breton in the first Surrealist Manifesto. In the spirit of Surrealism, watch Alan Yentob's New Way Of Juggling.

Imagine… it's the surreal thing was on BBC One on 29th May 2007.

Imagine... It's the Surreal Thing 

Gallery: Inside Surrealism

Gallery: Inside Surrealism

Posted: 30th May 2007

See "marvellous and beautiful" images of the Surrealist Group Inside the Central Office of Surrealist Research and images by Marcel Duchamp, Rene Magritte and others.

Imagine... It's the Surreal Thing 

Video: Limbo-Land

Video: Limbo-Land

Posted: 30th May 2007

Watch artist Zoe Walker's tragicomic and surreal attempt to launch a handmade moon into the night sky.

Imagine... It's the Surreal Thing 

Gallery: A Dream-Like Journey

Gallery: A Dream-Like Journey

Posted: 30th May 2007

See images from the making of Alan Yentob's dream-like journey, Imagine... it's the surreal thing, into the world of the Surreal.

Imagine... It's the Surreal Thing 

Gallery: Exquisite Corpse

Gallery: Exquisite Corpse

Posted: 29th May 2007

We asked artists including Grayson Perry, George Melly and Philippe Starck to create an Exquisite Corpse exclusively for Imagine... See the art work.

Imagine... It's the Surreal Thing 

Video: Proverbs For Today

Video: Proverbs For Today

Posted: 29th May 2007

Watch Alan Yentob offer a surreal twist on Proverbs For Today.

Imagine... It's the Surreal Thing 

Video: A Succinct Lexicon of Eroticism

Video: A Succinct Lexicon of Eroticism

Posted: 29th May 2007

"Kink, lesbianise, masturbate." In their quest to subvert all things the Surrealists even managed to make sign language dirty. Watch as Alan Yentob delivers a Succinct Lexicon of Eroticism.

Imagine... It's the Surreal Thing 

Video: How To Be A Surrealist

Video: How To Be A Surrealist

Posted: 29th May 2007

"The mad beast of custom must be hunted down!" the Surrealists declared of the conventions of art and life. Watch our guide on How To Be A Surrealist.

Imagine... It's the Surreal Thing 

Gallery: Map of an Englishman

Gallery: Map of an Englishman

Posted: 24th May 2007

Anger, Sex, Dementia, Cheerleader... Take a look at artist Grayson Perry's extraordinary map of his own mind, Map of an Englishman.

Imagine... It's the Surreal Thing 

Video: C'etait Un Rendezvous

Video: C'etait Un Rendezvous

Posted: 24th May 2007

Watch an extended clip of the cult French driving film C'etait un Rendezvous, as used in Imagine…it's the surreal thing.

Imagine... It's the Surreal Thing 

Episode Guide: It's The Surreal Thing

Episode Guide: It's The Surreal Thing

Posted: 3rd May 2007

Grayson Perry, Marcel Dzama and Michel Gondry, amongst others, join Imagine… on a dreamlike journey into today’s surreal unknown.



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