"I find the Amnesis concepts of Nicomedes Suárez-Araúz regarding amnesia serving inductively to inspire artists' imaginative creation to be valid and exciting."R. Buckminster Fuller, 16 February 1982
"Amnesis, un nuevo planteo, nacido en América, tiene como adalid a Nicomedes Suárez Araúz, poeta boliviano, va más allá de la escuela nacida entre ambas guerras y deriva en reflexiones lúcidas poniendo además en juego conciencia y racionalidad para pasar de la poesía al campo de las artes visuals, música, opera, ballet, cinemafotografía y plástica"Manuel Serrano Pérez, PROA, [revista fundada por Jorge Luis Borges], Enero-Febrero, 1990
[SA] formulates the concepts of Amnesis aesthetics in an essay. These concepts,
SA notes, are derived from his living experience in his homeland in the
Amazon basin, a land beset by myriad lacunae in its collective memory.
Those were first expressed in SA's poetry since 1965.
publishes the prose and poetry volume Los escribanos de Loén [1974,
1982] embodying Amnesis concepts.
The America Poem (Lascaux Publishers), a book-length poem by Suárez-Araúz published with the pseudonym of El Poeta Movima in a translation into English by Willis Barnstone and the author. This poem exemplifies aspects of Amnesis poetics .
|1976||In Tampa, Florida, Suárez-Araúz
creates paintings of emblematic "Lost Objects".
|1980||The author was key-note speaker
on Amnesis at an International Symposium at Frostburg State University,
|1981||José Manuel Rodeiro
begins his series of Amnesis works of art.
|1982||Architect and philosopher
R. Buckminster Fuller supports Amnesis theories.
|1983|| Lascaux Publishers
publishes a poster promoting Amnesis and requesting submissions for anthologies
of related works of art from all fields.
|1983||Poetry reading by Suárez-Araúz
of Amnesis poetry at the Lennox Center for the Arts, Lennox, Mass., a theater
owned and directed by Ms. Lynnn Austin.
|1983||José Rodeiro guest
lectures on the relationship of Amnesis and painting at Simon's Rock of
Bard College, Great Barrington, Mass. The same year Rodeiro was awarded
a CINTAS Fellowship from New York's Institute of International Education
to create Amnesis paintings.
teaches a course at Simon's Rock of Bard College on Amnesis aesthetics.
Course title: "Memory and Amnesia in Literature and Art."
publishes his Amnesis Manifesto in Barcelona, Spain.
|1984||Several exhibits by Amnesis
artists SA, José Rodeiro, Mirta Tocci, Jim Klein, Ann Webb.
|1985||SA writes an essay on Amnesis
for a special 10th Anniversary issue of Diario 16 (Madrid, Spain), also
for Presencia Literaria and Signo (both from La Paz, Bolivia).
|1985||José Rodeiro wins
a National Endowment of the Arts award for his Amnesis Paintings, the funds
to be used to travel for one year to Barcelona, Spain, to collaborate with
SA "and to resolve [his] attempts at Amnesis art." (from J. Rodeiro's NEA
grant proposal). The Baltimore Sun publishes an article on "Amnesia
Art" on the ocassion of his NEA award. January 1984-Februray,
1986. Shows of Amnesis art by Rodeiro.
Cristina Peri Rossi publishes a story dedicated to Suárez-Araúz:
"El club de los amnésicos" in Destino magazine (Barcelona).
lectures at Carnegie Mellon University (Pennsylvania) and at Smith College
(Massachusetts) on the subject of Amnesis in literature and the other arts.
|1986||Amnesis Manifesto republished
in The Exquisite Corpse (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), a journal edited by Andrei
Codrescu. Codrescu nominates the manifesto for the CCLM/General Electric
|1987||The Baltimore Sun
publishes an article on José Rodeiro and his involvement with Suárez-Araúz
|1988||L.A. Weekly publishes
an article on Jim Klein noting his relationship to Amnesis.
lectures on Amnesis at the Boston City Council Art Commission.
is interviewed by Time Magazine and The New York Times for
background material on Amnesis.
|1988||Amnesis: The Art of the
Lost Object is published. A book by Suárez-Araúz on Amnesis
philosophy and including representative works (drawings, an architectural
design, paintings, lithographs, collages, sculptures, poetry)
|1988||October 20-November 3, an
art exhibiton, "Amnesis: The Art of the Object," is presented at the International
Club of Washington, curated by Suárez-Araúz.
|1989||Andrei Codrescu edits and
publishes The Stiffest of the Corpse (City Lights, San Francisco),
selected works from The Exquisite Corpse journal, including
The Amnesis Manifesto.
writes many articles, gives interviews and holds several events in the
United States, South America and in Europe.
|2001||May 23-24, Suárez-Araúz
reads a paper on Amnesis at the SUNY at
Binghamton University's conference "Time, Memory, Text."
|2000-02||Professor Anna Botta of Smith
College adopts the Amnesis Manifesto for her Comparative
|2002||Critic Sunka Simon in her book Mail Orders: The Fiction of Letters in Postmodern Culture (SUNY Press) analyzes and comments on Suárez Araúz's Amnesis concepts.|