Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

"Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds" is a text by Scottish writer Alexander Trocchi first published in the Scottish journal New Saltire Review in 1962 and subsequently as "Technique du coup du monde" in Internationale Situationniste issue # 8 and in English in City Lights Journal No.2, 1963, and as SP2 in the Sigma Portfolio, 1964.

It proposed an international "spontaneous university" as a cultural force and marked the beginning of his movement towards his sigma project, which played a formative part in the UK Underground.

The text starts by quoting Antonin Artaud from The Theatre and Its Double, 1958:

"And if there is still one hellish, truly accursed thing in our time, it is our artistic dallying with forms, instead of being like victims burnt at the stake, signalling through the flames."

The first paragraph:

"REVOLT IS understandably unpopular. As soon as it is defined, it has provoked the measures for its confinement. The prudent man will avoid his definition which is in effect his death-sentence. Besides, it is a limit."

The final paragraph:

"The cultural possibilities of this movement are immense and the time is ripe for it. The world is awfully near the brink of disaster. Scientists, artists, teachers, creative men of goodwill everywhere are in suspense. Waiting. Remembering that it is our kind even now who operate, if they don't control, the grids of expression, we should have no difficulty in recognizing the spontaneous university as the possible detonator of the invisible insurrection."

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