Thursday, 26 November 2015

DADA WEEK/THURSDAY: Dada Manifesto by Francis Picabia (1920)

"Comedy, comedy, comedy, comedy, comedy, my dear friends.
Dealers don't like art, they know the mystery of the spirit...
Buy reproductions of signed works.
Don't be a snob, you are no less intelligent because your neighbour has the same as you
As for Dada, it means nothing, nothing, nothing. It makes the public say
'We understand nothing, nothing, nothing.'
The Dadaists are nothing, nothing, nothing and they will certainly succed in nothing, nothing, nothing."

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.


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

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

Nov. 29th:  
Dada Excites Everything by Tristan Tzara and others (1921)


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)

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