Key Neoist practice plagiarised from French academics shock!

In recent months much has been made of the fact that the term Neoism can be traced back to a 1914  occasional poem by American satirist Franklin P. Adams. Okay, so most of the world seems to have ignored the excitement this discovery generated among half-a-dozen fools and jesters, but it is nonetheless referenced on the relevant Wikipedia page.  That said, when Blaster Al Ackerman coined the term  in 1978, he did so initially as No Ism. The following year this mutated into Neoism, and no one active within the group using this name from the late 1970s onwards appears to have been aware of Adam’s fleeting use of the term until a year or so ago.

With about the same level of ‘authenticity’, an anonymous source revealed today that when Al Ackerman’s Neoist co-founder David ‘Oz’ Zack proposed the name Monty Cantsin as the identity of an ‘open pop star’ in 1977, he was drawing on his knowledge of the earlier Nicolas Bourbaki project. Nicolas Bourbaki is a collective pseudonym dating back to 1935, which a pool of predominantly French academics adopted when presenting expositions of advanced modern mathematics.  The Bourbaki team aimed at rigour, created new terminology and concepts, and emphasised the importance of set theory.

The influence of ‘Nicolas Bourbaki’ peaked between 1950 and 1960, when few other graduate-level books in contemporary pure mathematics were available. Their emphasis on rigour was in part a reaction to the work of Henri Poincaré, who stressed the importance of free-flowing mathematical intuition at a cost of completeness in presentation. By way of contrast, Neoism’s influence is set to peak in forty years time, once most of those active within it during the 1980s are dead. BTW: 24 March is International Neoist Day!

And while you’re at it don’t forget to check – www.stewarthomesociety.org – you know it makes (no) sense!

About mistertrippy

Stewart Home was born in south London in 1962. His mother Julia Callan-Thompson was a showgirl and club hostess. He has never held down a regular job for more than a few months at a time. On those rare occasions when he's been forced to work, Home has taken employment as a factory labourer, agricultural labourer, shop assistant, office clerk and art class model. Deciding he didn't like working in factories as a teenager, Home pursued cultural and political interests, writing many books and participating in even more gallery exhibitions.
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25 thoughts on “Key Neoist practice plagiarised from French academics shock!

  1. K Mail says:

    Franklin P. Adams is my great grandfather! Neoism Now!

  2. Tessie says:

    If Franklin P. Adams is your great grandfather, then I’m your great grandmother! Death is not true! I want to die in the TV!

  3. All true Neoists repeat the following mantra 20 times when they wake up in the morning, and 20 times before they fall asleep at night: “I am a turd, a lowly abject turd”. Repeat after me: I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd; I am a turd, a lowly abject turd.

  4. Doris Stokes says:

    Neoism is the invention of its enemies!

  5. Istvan Wanker has joined the Men’s Auxiluary, you really can teach a tired old dog new tricks! And Valerie Solanas still rocks! Michael K didn’t shoot her!

  6. fi says:

    ludicrous
    happy day x

  7. The lies about Neoism spead in the last decade are nothing when compared to the falsification of Neoism in seen over the past 10 years.

  8. I blew Istvan Kantor at the 2nd International Apartment Festival!

  9. uw says:

    uh uh uh art strike
    uh uh uh art stroke

  10. sw says:

    …and tonight is International Neoist Night!!! See you in dreams on the street in the toilet on the beach at the bus top later…!!!

  11. Happy birthday Mr Trippy. Got ur photos….

  12. Harry Bates says:

    If you keep boiling your underpants in pans on the stove the landlady will through you onto the street. I should know, it happened to me.

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  14. The Golden Palomino
    His now more or less constant headaches, insomnia and constipation had, by the spring of that year, thoroughly demoralized the Young Neoist and begun to dominate every aspect of his life.

    He was, as his sister Olga remarked in a note to her future husband, in really bad shape, and “one sometimes has to wonder about the wiseness of his self-imposed dietary regimen.” This last in reference to the increasingly ascetic discipline the Young Neoist inflicted on himself in which he progressed from the avoidance of certain foods to the point where he would eat nothing but carry-out fried chicken.

    Thus did late May find the Young Neoist bedridden at the Pego Berndt Center, a very laxly run Baltimore nursing home. The Young Neoist was often delirious, picked at himself incessantly and spoke of his belief in something called “rectal brightness.”

    On Monday, June 2, the Young Neoist seemed somewhat improved. He was able to spend much of the day working on his massive “Neoist Reading List & Bibliography” and even made several additions. However, on closer inspection these were found to be unintelligible. Around four o’clock the next morning, Dora noticed his labored breathing. She alerted Klaptrap, the attending physician, who administered a camphor injection.

    The Young Neoist became extremely agitated and began to rage at Klaptrap, demanding the long-promised bucket of fried chicken. “You’ve always promised it to me. For four years you’ve been promising it, you’re torturing me, you’ve always tortured me. I am not going to talk to you anymore. So be it, I’ll die without any fried chicken.” He was given a wing and a thigh, but he still persisted: “Don’t try to fool me. You’re giving me Roy Rogers’ Roast Beef!”

    As his mental confabulation became more pronounced, the Young Neoist confused Klaptrap with Rudolf Steiner, his idol and lifelong role-model, and apparently worried about Steiner’s hair-style. He also sang songs that made no sense and wasted everybody’s time in a big way, referring to himself in these as:

    The Fifteen Bath Towels
    The fifteen bath towels are like some terrible nightmare.
    The fifteen bath towels have only about fifteen hairs per sq. inch,
    Fifteen hairs, and refer to you as pig-dogs,
    Having greasy hands most of the time.
    The fifteen bath towels aren’t offering much consolation,
    And are like some terrible nightmare.
    That is one dream; another
    is like some terrible nightmare. What is “Jugs magazine”?
    The fifteen bath towels live about 4 1/2 blocks from the train station.
    Your black running shoes that are cut open all along the sides allow
    The fifteen bath towels to flop out (“for the good times”).
    The fifteen bath towels are not about real life
    –The fifteen bath towels have become like some terrible nightmare
    Of spilling over into real life: the fifteen bath towels
    Can not be counted on, not counted or even…
    Even with the readership entirely addled (which
    Porn was yours? Whose copy of “Jugs”
    Requires fifteen bath towels to flop it out of for? What
    is porn?) the fifteen bath towels
    Have other things to do, thinks the TV in the taverns; —
    The fifteen bath towels may be not in the habit of reading very much
    Or make a real income.
    The fifteen bath towels are living about two blocks from the train station:
    They’re getting closer, closer than
    There are kidney conditions in the universe that
    In working on a car
    Which gives you greasy hands most all of the time
    Which wear black running shoes
    Which “for the good times” swell to an enormous size
    Mean you pig-dogs are perhaps
    Often stopped by the police or seized
    As porn-mongers, because a fifteen-bath-towel-habit
    Leaves much to be desired — not enough
    To have feet the size of footballs,
    When it spills over into real life. So when
    Customers enter the store they see you
    Pig-dogs in black running shoes, with the sides cut open
    And fifteen bath towels flopping out;
    Weel, so what? Turn
    The page.

    — Sang the young Neoist as he picked at himself…

  15. Not too many people drank in those days. Everyone was on LSD. You can imagine, with all the hippies. The chicks and go-go gals were gorgeous…you wouldn’t get home until 5 or 6 o’clock in the morning.

  16. Michael Roth says:

    I celebrated International Neoist Day by impersonating Mr Trippy. Good Times!

  17. sw says:

    Nicolas Bourbaki reconciles Leibniz and Poincare in Situationism! nEOISM RECONCILES SUFISM AND SATANISM IN MONTY CANTSIN

  18. Jock Graham says:

    Revolting prose, ridiculous subject matter, annoying as hell–THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN YEARS! Or the worst.

  19. I am a turd, a lowly abject turd

  20. Hugo Ball says:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1873176309/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

    I have been reading around , and studying the post Futurist/Dada avant garde scene for nearly 25 years, and Home’s work is as good as it gets.

    Ignore the other reviewers who read Home’s work as “fun and hip” — but shallow and flawed. Such judgments prove just how little the American audience understand European art movements of the 20th century — Home’s work is far far deeper, and along with the source texts from Debord, Vaneigem etc — his book will set the benchmark for awhile yet.

    Home’s work is no idle commentary on Debord’s work, neither is it a book of adulation, or simplistic analysis — Home has a sharp, perceptive mind, that ADDS SIGNIFICANTLY to an understanding of Dada, Futurism, Situationists, the Lettrists, and even to an understanding of medieval mystic heretics and their ascetic subversion of accepted reality,as well as touching on Rimbaud and Baudelaire’s place in the lineage,commenting on their concept of the flaneur.

    And Home is no fawning “fan boy” either, in awe of art’s “heroes”. His work is not a hagiography, and he is, at points, scathingly , perceptively critical of those involved — see his pertinent dismissal of certain aspects of Tzara, Adorno and Debord’s contradictory dialetic,theory and intellectual snobbery.

    Along with SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE, DADA DRUMMER, FLIGHT OUT OF TIME,REVOLUTION OF EVERY DAY LIFE, Richter’s DADA ART AND ANTI ART,Flynt’s BLUEPRINT FOR A HIGHER CIVILIZATION and MARINETTI’S FUTURIST MANIFESTOES — Home’s work is *THE* definitive analytic, critical text of the moment.

    Home’s work is essential reading for anyone at all interested in 20th Century art, and by association, the field of knowledge the key Post Modernists (Foucault, Derrida, Lyotard, Baudrillard) went on to exploit.If you enjoyed “The Spectre of Marx”,”Discipline and Punish,” For a “Political Economy of the Sign” — then “Assault on Culture” is for you.

    As far as art critique and total subversion of political dialectic goes –Home is where it’s at — most of the others are fakers.

    Home is the real thing — Ask Peter Ackroyd, Iain Sinclair, and Henry Flynt.

    The other reviews here show so very little understanding of the entire field Home investigates so critically, and so very well.

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  22. ;j;fj;sl says:

    shut up hugo u idiot – what else are your socalled american audiences if not european art movements?

  23. Michael K says:

    I’ve still got a pair of Hugo Ball socks I ordered from the insert that came with ‘Welcome to the Pleasuredome’. Actually, no I haven’t.

  24. I’ve just got a pair of Hugo balls.

    Oh, and a monster cock, too.