The Penny Dream

Thoughts from the deep dark


November 2016


Art's a difficult thing to make a living out of. Difficult to get noticed, difficult to get a name in, difficult to stand out - especially if you're living in some garage with barely enough money to eat. It appears... Continue Reading →


Simple complexity: 5 artists to listen to as a surrealist

There's a piece of music for everything, whatever emotion, whatever situation - there'll be a track to compliment it. It's an art form that can take all forms, all sounds - it can be as experimental or as familiar as... Continue Reading →


It was when looking at the game 'Back to Bed' for my previous article that I came across this little gem, 'Year Walk' (Simogo, 2013) and I just had to write about it. True, it may be more in line with horror as a... Continue Reading →

A hunted poet

Poetry, novels, politics, resistance in the war effort, surrealism. Robert Desnos was certainly someone who had a broad range of talents. But his role is surrealism during the 1920s was arguably his most influential act in literature - described by... Continue Reading →


I've spent a while deciding whether or not to write this one. It's a potentially challenging subject matter and one that I have no personal experience with. On the other hand the form which it takes, the 2012 graphic novel 'The... Continue Reading →

The informal artist

You might think that calling yourself a surrealist automatically enters you into some secret covenant to which you must dedicate 40 hours a week into being - 'surreal'. It always seems like that to contribute to a genre you have... Continue Reading →

The art of sleepwalking

This is going to be another short one, for small title. But that title manages to pack in the breadth of influence Dali can provide in his artwork, into a short video game puzzler. It's very premise lies on the... Continue Reading →

Dance of Darkness

The title is what many refer to 'Butoh' as. It's considered a largely experimental or avant-garde style of dance and performance theatre composed of "crude gestures" originating from Japan. While it's content is based on the pain, suffering and inner... Continue Reading →

Welcome to jam

"This sick saddo is beyond a jerk" - just one of the many way Chris Morris, dubbed the most hated man in Britain, has been described by the UK press. Usually it was for vicious satire and a dealing with... Continue Reading →

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