Hi Steve, Your striking surreal Mick Karn print is a talking point for anyone who sees it. Mick had books on Dada, developing surrealist art. You write of the role of instinct in your music; Mick quotes Pirandello that ‘none of us can estimate what we do when we do it from instinct’. What attracted you both to surrealism? How significant is the role of the unconscious in your work? Do you see still your music and photography as reconciling your dreams with your rational life? Thank you.

I’m not particularly aligned with surrealism, certainly not in so far as imagery is concerned.

Being in a position to follow my instincts creatively is valuable to me personally because its unpredictability keeps me motivated, but in terms of significance, without monitoring such things, I’ve no idea of the proportionality between instinctive and conscious, and to monitor would effectively negate the exercise. I don’t feel it’s important to know. I would point out that I don’t consider instinct to be unconscious, it’s deeply conscious in fact, without being so observable.

I’m not aware of ever stating that creativity reconciles dreams with rational life. I don’t really know what rational life means or why we would need to create a divide between being rational and being inspired.

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