Les Chants de Chance 

‘Les Chants de Chance’ builds on the famout few words of Comte de Lautreamont - the ’chance meeting of a sewing machine and an umbrella on a dissection table...’ which became enshrined as surrealist process and myth. Max Ernst defined the idea as ‘a linking of two realities that by all appearances have nothing to link them, in a setting that by all appearances does not fit them’ . This book creates chance meetings between sewing machines and umbrellas through date of manufacture, historical events and excerpts in ‘Les Chants de Maldoror’, written by Lautréamont in 1874,  here translated from French-English by BabelFish, as contemporary surrealist poet. 

148mm x 210mm. b/w. 32pp.
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