Alec Nevala-Lee

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Ionesco’s amusing experiment

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Eugene Ionesco

It would be amusing to try an experiment, which I have no room for here but which I hope to carry out one day. I could take almost any work of art, any play, and guarantee to give it in turn a Marxist, a Buddhist, a Christian, an Existentialist, psychoanalytical interpretation and “prove” that the work subjected to each interpretation is a perfect and exclusive illustration of each creed, that it confirms this or that ideology beyond all doubt. For me this proves another thing: that every work of art…is outside ideology, is not reducible to ideology. Ideology circumscribes without penetrating it. The absence of ideology in a work does not mean an absence of ideas; on the contrary it fertilizes them. In other words, it was not Sophocles who was inspired by Freud but, obviously, the other way round. Ideology is not the source of art. A work of art is the source and the raw material of ideologies to come.

Eugène Ionesco

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September 5, 2014 at 7:30 am

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