The idea of Simultanism is expressed in painting by the simultaneous representation of the different figures of a form seen from different points of view, as Picasso and Braque did some time ago; or by simultaneous representation of the figure of several forms as the futurists are doing.
In literature the idea is expressed by the polyphony of simultaneous voices which say different things. Off course, printing is not an adequate medium, for succession in this medium is unavoidable and a phonograph is more suitable.
That the idea of Simultanism is essentially naturalistic is obvious; that the polyphony of interwoven sounds and meanings have a decided effect upon our senses is unquestionable; and that we can get at the spirit of things through this system is demonstrable.
AT THE ARDEN GALLERY, 599, FIFTH AVENUE
‘Oh, come on, let’s go to the Maillards.’
’I sat next Rev.‒‒ at Gladys’ luncheon.’
‘Nobody could look human in these full skirts.’
’Do you think her husband knows it.’
‘She says she’s a neutral but‒‒’
’Why don’t they serve tea here?’
(All these phrases must be uttered simultaneously.)
Marius de Zayas
Bron: 291, No. 1, New York, Maart 1915. Online beschikbaar.