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Automatism in art refers to the spontaneous and uncontrolled creation of art, without the conscious intervention of the artist’s will. The technique was developed in the early 20th century by Surrealist artists such as André Breton and Max Ernst, and was used as a way to tap into the unconscious mind and create works of art that were free from rational thought or intention. Automatism often involves the use of chance and accident, and is characterized by a sense of spontaneity and improvisation. The technique has had a significant impact on contemporary art, and has influenced a wide range of artistic movements, from Abstract Expressionism to Performance Art.