That Breton should eventually have been disappointed in the techniques of automatism does not affect his initial excitement over them, or their ongoing importance in the worlds of literature and art.
It is close to the automatism of surrealism with its rapid drawing and loose brushwork that encouraged the spilling and dripping of the liquid paint.
His esthetic interests ran to European Surrealism, and with William Baziotes and Jackson Pollock he began to experiment with nontraditional ways of making art, including automatism .
The Manifesto made it clear that Surrealism did not seek to advance a new definition of literature, but sought to deploy automatism to undermine the very basis of reality itself.
The barrister added another issue the defence could well raise was that of non-insane automatism , a condition brought about ‘as a result of the combination of drink and drugs he consumed.’
In any case, automatism itself, though perhaps a kind of bypassing of the will, does not seem to me to represent necessarily an impairment of the agent's volitional capacities.
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Like many midcentury abstractionists, he was influenced by the Surrealist idea of automatism , which he incorporated into his early works.
The musician's defence relies partly on being a victim of mistaken identity after becoming confused with his tour manager, and partly on a condition called non-insane automatism brought on by a sleeping tablet and alcohol.
Despite these developments, the decline of automatism as a Surrealist technique can be perceived as early as 1930, the date of the Second Surrealist Manifesto.