Tuesday, 24 November 2015

DADA WEEK/TUESDAY: First German Dada Manifesto by Richard Huelsenbeck (1918)



"The word Dada instantly signals the internationalism of the movement, which is bound to no frontiers, religions, or professions. Dada is the international expression of the times, the great rebellion of artistic movements, the artistic reflex of all these offensives, peace congresses, riots in the vegetable market, suppers at the Esplanade, etc., etc
(..)
Down with the aesthetic-ethical attitudes! Down with the bloodless abstraction of expressionism! Down with the world-bettering theories of empty-headed literati. Up with Dadaism in word and image, with all the Dada things that happen in the world! To be against this manifesto is to be a Dadaist!"
 


The Manifesto in text.
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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.

UPCOMING:

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 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)

EARLIER THIS WEEK:

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


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