Cinesthetic feasts


In the Czech Surrealist tradition, “morphologie mentale” is applied to the meshing of subjective experience with an external topography, so that particular external landmarks (such as houses, staircases, or trees) are integrated into one’s psyche, and affect its formation in the same way that certain vital experiences can.

“…human consciousness is not so much determined by various childhood deprivations and traumas, but rather by the landscape in which a person has lived and the objects that they might have touched. Many years ago, the Surrealists even tried, with the help of questionnaires, to prove that the way a landscape is formed, the number of corners a house has and how crookedly a tree grows outside the window, have as much effect on the psyche as the upbringing. The Surrealists called this imprint of the external (a collection of measurable quantity, dimensions, tone and colour) onto the spiritual microcosm of a…

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2 thoughts on “On mental morphology

  1. Strange enough, not only a child’s mind gets imprinted with the landscape it grows to know, but as they age – old people often regress into those landscapes looking for meaning (when dementia is involved), for security.
    I’m intrigued by Cilek’s words, but I think the concepts of space transforms into basic routines of the consciousness and the thinking process. Nevertheless, the traumas poison the consciousness. As a CPTSD surviver, in my experience, the traumas and deprivation fragment and break that inside landscape, that mind, that thinking – leaving a puzzle behind with not quite fitting pieces.


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