Saturday, October 8, 2011

Dali interviewed by Mike Wallace



(Video Link)  I’d have to score Mike Wallace with the win here. Dali tries to be audacious, but ends up sounding incoherent. He came off much better on “What’s My Line.”

11 comments:

Vernon said...

Funny how in 2011, the most surreal thing about that interview to me was that cigarettes could be advertised on television

Michael said...

I don't find him incoherent. For example Mike Wallace says he was lost half way through his painted prophecy of the flexibility of time and space in his "Persistence of Memory" painting. Seems reasonable to me. He understands physics better than most. I think I do as well but have not accomplished the expression of these concepts in paint. Whenever I try to express it words or it's explained through mathematics it does sound incoherent. A visual medium is more appropriate for this subject because so much is happening in parallel.

I think art is synesthesia, the mixing of the senses. Creativity comes from the mixing of ideas. Likely from the distribution of myelin in brain architecture. He's demonstrated these two theories or perhaps now proven discoveries in neuroscience in this interview by jumping from one idea to another.

His pre-birth memories, his talk about himself in the third person or referring to himself as a genius sounds like he's demonstrating, Meta Cognition. Thinking about thinking has become a main idea or thesis in these two sources that focus on neuroscience and physics, How We Decide by Jonah Leher and Athene's 'Theory of Everything' - A new take on neuroscience in relation to quantum physics.

Christianity's emphasis on the triune structure of all things for me makes it the best accurate description of our universe and other dimensions. I can understand why he would move towards it.

Now for some reason I want a smoke.

Moish said...

Not incoherent or audacious, just very Dali.

Cole said...

Mike Wallace: Why are you a wacko?

Salvador Dali: Sophistry, sophistry, sophistry.

Cultivating an image of flamboyant eccentricity sells.

arturoquimico said...

Now I know why US Testing got into Agricultural testing by the 1970's. Dali was nutty, but I have always admired his artwork and laughed at his essays...

jeff jordan said...

DALI LAUGHS LAST

Rich said...

Surrealism cannot be but incoherent;-)
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So it amounts to coherence

craigstephens said...

Whatever we may think about Dali and Wallace, there is one thing we know for sure, "the cigarette is Parliament!"

Mila Miles said...

I completely agree with all these responses. I was about to disagree with you on your comment about Dali James, and now I am stumped by how well your readers replied. Dali was brilliant beyond his art even, as most of the art masters are. Ultimately art is not enough for these geniuses, only eternity defined will do. They do not rest, until they at least get a glimpse. But how would I know?
How's that for incoherent speak...lol?

David Apatoff said...

I'd say Dali was a third rate painter but a first rate showman. My favorite line from him: "The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad."

James Gurney said...

In fairness to Dali, some of the troubles with the interview must have come from the language barrier. He might have been an Oscar Wilde type wit in Spanish, I don't know. But I think this could have been better theater: a rational and buttoned-down mind meets a wild, irrational mind, or at least someone posing as one.