Sunday, 29 November 2015

DADA WEEK/SUNDAY: Dada Excites Everything by Tristan Tzara and others (1921)

"DADA EXCITES EVERYTHING

DADA knows everything. DADA spits everything out.
                       BUT.........
HAS DADA EVER SPOKEN TO YOU:

about Italy
about accordions
about women's pants
about the fatherland
about sardines
about Fiume
about Art (you exaggerate my friend)
about gentleness
about D'Annunzio
what a horror
about heroism
about moustaches
about lewdness
about sleeping with Verlaine
about the ideal (it's nice)
about Massachusetts
about the past
about odours
about salads
about genius, about genius, about genius
abouth the eight-hour day
about the Parma violets

NEVER           NEVER        NEVER 

DADA doesn't speak. DADA has no fixed idea. DADA doesn't catch flies."





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November 23rd – 29th I'll publish 7 recent sound works based on dada manifestos from 1916 to 1921, played by a music box. The manifesto, the text, on one or several A4-pages, is cut into one long strip to fit a music box and then spliced with tape. Some manifestos has been scanned from top to bottom (vertically) and others from left to right (horizontally). The letters D and A in the text are then punctuated, so the absence of D and A (..DADA), is what you hear being played.

The first dada manifesto by Hugo Ball (1916) encourages poets to stop writing with words, but rather write the word itself, and Ball states that:
"I shall be reading poems that are meant to dispense with conventional language, no less, and to have done with it"
In this way this collection of Dada Manifestos acts in accordance with Ball's manifesto, using the word construct as the direct source.

Check out the composition from the very first Dada Manifesto by Hugo Ball (1916) here.

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EARLIER THIS WEEK:

Nov. 23rd:
Dada Manifesto by Tristan Tzara (1918)

Nov. 24th:  
First German Dada Manifesto by Richard Huelsenbeck (1918)

Nov. 25th:  
What is Dadaism and what does it want in Germany? 
 by Richard Huelsenbeck and Raoul Hausmann (1919)

Nov 26th:  
Dada Manifesto by Francis Picabia (1920)

Nov. 27th:  
Dada Cannibalistic Manifesto by Francis Picabia (1920)

Nov 28th:
Twenty-three Manifestos of the Dada Movement by Tristan Tzara and others (1920)

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AND:
The Whole Dada Manifesto (1918-1921) Playlist here.

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