David Stanley Aponte & the Sub-real Manifesto (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)

David Stanley - 6.27.2014 - 1

Mail-art by IUOMA member David Stanley Aponte aka Sub-Real Alchemy (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)

June 28, 2014 - I received a second correspondence from the prolific David Stanley Aponte. Recently he has been doing some transitioning between Indianapolis and Philadelphia, and I am not sure exactly where he has settled at this point in time. I will make sure to keep in touch. This is another abstract work on postcard-size, heavy cardboard.

David Stanley - 6.27.2014 - 2

Intrigued by the "sub-real" concept, I put on my investigative poetry glasses. Thanks to some help from David Stanley Aponte, I located the “Sub-real Manifesto” and I am sharing commentary and links to this most remarkable document. Here is some explanatory material by DSA from his blog:

“Many people who where living in Philadelphia in 2005 remember this draft of the Sub-real Manifesto that was written by one Dr. Malcolm K. (which sounds much like someone else I happen to know) and Dr. N. O. Pibbles (who somehow comes from the depths of the Chicago ‘Idiot Movement’ in the late 1990′s and holds a doctorate in Pataphysics from Centralia College of Pataphysics in Centralia Pennsylvania). In any even[t] through some loose inspiration from Capitalism and Schizophrenia and a rise in response to counter the flash flood of 19th century conservative art mindset (that Philadelphia is often infamous for) this piece was written in two drafts, (this being the 2nd of these two). Since there is an importance of ‘sub-’ thinking in works by me ‘David Stanley Aponte’ I thought it would be nice to include this somewhat forgotten and aged writing that has in part been an influence on calling the realms I tend to work in ‘sub-real’. I suppose sometimes there is also a shadow of Situationist International that also influences my work but that seems to be something of a slightly different time and place. There was three ‘official’ sub-real meetings that took place after this 2nd version of the Manifesto from the Sub- was written that took place in some ‘common’ surface level of the city of Philadelphia and then there was hundreds perhaps thousands of ‘non-official’ Sub-real meetings that took place in the ‘sub-real realms’ after this manifesto was released and then realized. These unofficial meetings often may have been seen to happen by the general public (and sometimes the general private) in the cities of Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Chicago Illinois, Dallas Texas, Baltimore Maryland, Brooklyn New York and Berlin Germany, just to name a handful but these sub-real meetings where not limited to just these six cities. To humor the folk who are here in the present tense without further delay, here is the ‘Manifest from the sub-’ as you can see below the babble that I have just written [.]“

The full texts of the sub-real can be found here:


I excerpt one defining section:

“What is the sub-real? The sub-real is before nature and beyond nature, just as it is beneath any reality that can claim to have a nature, or, for that matter, an artifice, a re-presentation. The sub-real is beneath the real, below the real, under the real. The sub-real, while secondary to the real, is what makes the real primordially possible. The sub-real is less than completely real, but, in falling short, exposes the limits of any real, the less than complete nature of all realities. The sub-real is not a part of the real, but a part of the real that is exposed as being absent, less a subdivision than a subtraction from reality. The sub-real is the very part of the real that is always missing, always lost, and without which any real cannot be founded. The sub-real is apart from the real, a part of the real, and, at the same time, what threatens to make the real fall apart. The sub-real is what remains hidden by the real, the very foundations of the real. The sub-real is a realm hidden from view by the ‘real’ constructed through the structures and screens that serve as our primary defensive intermediaries with the real.”

I am thrilled to have discovered the sub-real and recognize it as yet another fascinating aspect of the Eternal Network.

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