Without ‘Pataphysics – No Art, No Science

By Klaus Ferentschik.

Published by The Arts Collection

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“‘Pataphysics is the science of imaginary solutions, which lies as far beyond metaphysics as metaphysics lies beyond physics- in one direction or another.”* With these words Alfred Jarry defined ‘Pataphysics about a 100 years ago. He was the first one, who realized the science of imagination, founded it and described its characteristics. In his eyes imagination is a universe, which complements the existing in an equal way, constantly interchanging, so that between the assumed real world and the imaginary one there is no difference. Ultimately everything in this world developed from imagination, which has been used by humans since the dawn of existence. Imagination is prior to all creation and all innovation, it is the foundation of everything. Without imagination there would be no ideas, no curiosity, no illusions, no research, no experiments, and no inventions. Therefore ‘Pataphysics forms the offspring of everything, it is the science of all sciences, it is the only science. It is exercised by all people, although not all are aware that they do so.

Keywords: Pataphysics, Imaginary, Science, Metaphysics

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.43-46. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 894.377KB).

Klaus Ferentschik

Germany


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