In 1916, Hugo Ball
would fulfill his own dadaist manifesto
by reciting his own nonsense poetry at the Cabaret Voltaire
(not that Cabaret Voltaire
), while wearing a Cubist costume
or a cylinder with the number 13 covering his face
. Ball's poem, Gadji Beri Bimba
, inspired the Talking Heads song, I Zimbra
, but his most famous poem is Karawane
, a pioneering example of sound poetry
. Karawane has more conventional avant-garde versions
on YouTube, but none is more surreal than the recitation from memory
by Marie Osmond (yes, that Marie Osmond
) from a 1980s broadcast
of Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
posted by jonp72
on Mar 9, 2009 -
DADA Hits the MOMA. DaDaism
was an art movement that arose prior to the rubble of WW1 where the artists
led a creative revolution that shaped the course of modern art by combining different mediums to create a message of protest and hope. The MOMA exhibit
tells one story (scroll to data and select full program - req flash 7)
and the New Yorker reaffirms
the influence on art today. However, the real story is with Richard Huelsenbeck
, the ring leader and founder of the DaDa movement An interview with him from December 1960 (45 mins mp3)
explains the start - as one of the few German artists in protest to the war. My favourite part is where he tells of picking out the name DaDa from an encyclopedia at a cabaret.
posted by Funmonkey1
on Jul 19, 2006 -
Dada is a virgin microbe which penetrates with the insistence of air into all those spaces that reason has failed to fill with words and conventions. .
The mayor of Lawrence, Kansas proclaims February 4, April 1, March 28, July 15, August 2, August 7, August 16, August 26, September 18, September 22, October 1, October 17, and October 26, 2006 as International Dadaism Month.
posted by billysumday
on Feb 28, 2006 -
I was wandering around the internets looking for early twentieth century ephemera and look what I found.
Digital Dada Library
“This page provides links to some of the major Dada-era publications in the International Dada Archive. These books, pamphlets, and periodicals are housed in the Special Collections Department of the University of Iowa Libraries. …Each document has been scanned in its entirety.”
“is a family-friendly Web site dedicated to the commercial art of mid-century America.”
The Ephemera Society
“is a non-profit body concerned with the collection, preservation, study and educational uses of printed and handwritten ephemera.”
For those of you who have complained that this place is getting too “US politics-filter” I give you Glasgow Digital Library Collections
which has all sorts of stuff including a great history of the labour movement in Glasgow 1910-1932
posted by Grod
on Oct 26, 2004 -