Dreams of Desire 34 (Emilie Comes To Me In A Dream)

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Emilie Comes To Me In A Dream-Jindrich Styrsky-1933

The sixth and final volume of Edition 69, a series of erotic publications combining art and literature that showcased the talents of Jindrich Styrsky, Toyen and others of the Czech avant-garde, saw the publication of Jindrich Styrsky’s  Emilie Comes To Me In A Dream, an Surrealist erotic text with accompanying explicit collages, that featured images culled from French and British pornographic publications of the period. Because of censorship, the magazine was strictly limited to subscribers, in the case of Emilie Comes To Me In A Dream the number of copies issued was, appropriately enough, 69, of which only 20 now survive.

Here is a brief excerpt from the text, which is as disturbing, dreamlike, erotic and Surreal as the accompanying image above:

Later I placed an aquarium in the window. In it I cultivated a golden-haired vulva and a magnificent specimen of a penis with a blue eye and delicate veins on its temples. In time, however, I threw in everything I had ever loved: shards of broken teacups, hairpins, Barbara’s slipper, light bulbs, shadows, cigarette butts, sardine tins, my entire correspondence, and used condoms. Many strange creatures were born in this world; I considered myself a creator, and with justification. When I later had the box sealed shut, I gazed with satisfaction at the putrefaction of my dreams, until the walls became so covered in mould it was no longer possible to see anything. Yet I was certain that everything I loved in the world existed therein.

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21 thoughts on “Dreams of Desire 34 (Emilie Comes To Me In A Dream)

    1. I was a bit wary of posting this as it is more explicit than my usual dreams of desire posts, but it has dreams in the title, obviously desire is involved and it is very surreal so I had to post it, in a way. There is nothing new under the sun, as soon as the camera was invented, people discovered want use it could be put to. Every technological invention advances that particular industry.

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      1. Yeah, I was a bit surprised when I scrolled down to the whole image. I don’t think it’s too much though. There’s lots of sex and nudity in art so I think it’s fine. And yes, I suppose porn has always been around.

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      2. I do know. And I know you are wary of being to provocative but I think we all know what we’re getting into with you. 😉

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    1. I am not sure about the lemur, apart from the fact that it certainly adds to the strangeness and dreamlike, surreal atmosphere of the composition. I think the eyes refer to the fact that in a dream you are the audience as well as the star, you are watching yourself as you do all the strange things you do in dreams.

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      1. Very interesting. I think I mentioned that I’m often the observer and not the participant in many of my dreams. It leads to a dreadfully helpless feeling when you’re unable to prevent that which unfolds. As for this particular image, the wall of eyes almost seems to foreshadow 60’s psychedelia. It is a bizarre and provocative image. But an edgy addition to Dreams of Desire. Well done!

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  1. Mr. Cake this is a fantastic post. The image is most intriguing, and after reading the text, my mind was spinning, as I think that was the intent. Like Meg, quite interested in the lemur and all the eyes. Perhaps it’s some commentary on our evolution, or lack of it.

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    1. Thank you Miss Cranes, I like to vary it up a bit so that it doesn’t become too predictable, though it always does stay within the overall theme. I am really not sure what, if anything the lemur signifies, though it does certainly add a disconcerting and mysterious element to this very surreal composition. The eyes I think refer to the fact that in dreams you are the audience to the movie that the mind projects of yourself, for yourself. Glad you enjoyed

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  2. First, I think it’s an amazing picture. The eyes can portray many different things, not the least of which the dream state of the subject, but also the exposure of the couple and the lack of concern about being watched, in that voyeur/exhibitionist sense. The lemur is the only link to the “real” world aside from their entwined bodies. It gives me that half-conscious feeling of part way between dream and reality, as one might be in the arms of a lover. As for the text, I think it’s brilliant and revealing and a wonderful microcosm of how we can collect the things we love, sometimes to the point of molding stagnancy if we cling on too hard, refuse to air things out, let go, etc. And as the writer admits, he was satisfied with this, but on the other hand, it gives the image of a barren life/room outside of the molding dreams he has caged. Lots to ponder with that one… Thanks, C.

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    1. Thank you Em, I was a bit wary about posting this, but it is a striking image so i went ahead. Certainly lots to ponder on, the text is brilliant and I like your reading of it. Also good point about the lack of concern about the voyeurism, glad it got you thinking.

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      1. I’ve seen my share of pornographic images, so not much will shock me. I struggle to see anything offensive really, it is a beautiful expression of intimacy, as I see it. And a reminder that humans are humans no matter the decade. I think it’s fun to see their hairstyles and her stockings told down.

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