Presentation on theme: "DADA AVI 4M1. World War 1; “The Great War”; 1914 - 1918 an entire generation was being slaughtered in a war that need not have been fought. over 13 million."— Presentation transcript:
World War 1; “The Great War”; 1914 - 1918 an entire generation was being slaughtered in a war that need not have been fought. over 13 million killed; 60 million casualties in total European civilization, with all its polite surface refinements, proved to be brutal, cruel and suicidal underneath.
Not everyone supported the war: Conscientious objectors and pacifists refused to fight. Many served in non-violent roles in the army. others fled to avoid the draft to neutral states...
Young avant garde poets, writers, actors, dancers, musicians and visual artists began to congregate in Zurich. Emmy Hennings, Hugo Ball and Tristan Tzara
They were Nihilists: they thought the only hope for society was the destruction of old institutions and systems and the creation of new ones. They wanted to reinvent culture from the ground up.
They wanted to be in harmony with nature: “Nature is neither beautiful nor ugly, neither good nor bad. It is fantastic, monstrous, and infinitely unrestrained. Nature wants to exist and develop, that is all. Being in harmony with nature is the same as being in harmony with madness.” - Hugo Ball Jean Arp, Configuration, 1916
They would recite nonsense sound poetry in nonsensical costumes: How natural! Nature makes sounds without literal meaning... Hugo Ball reciting poetry, 1916
They would make nonsensical artworks using chance: Jean Arp, Collage Arranged According to the Laws of Chance, 1916–17 How natural! Nature makes designs by chance...
Why ‘DADA’? It’s one of first words we utter as children? It’s slang for rocking horse in Switzerland? It’s a nonsense word? You decide.
Meanwhile in New York City … Very similar things were going on.
Meanwhile in New York City … a smart, irreverent group of artists were redefining what art could be. Marcel DuchampMan RayFrancis Picabia
Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, 1917 Duchamp coined the term, “readymade”: an object not created by an artist, but one that becomes an artwork because of its context and because the artist labels it as such. It’s an artwork because I’m an artist and I say it’s an artwork.
Marcel Duchamp, In Advance of a Broken Arm, 1915
First International Dada Fair, Berlin, 1920; the last hurrah.
Dadaism had no common philosophy. Consequently, it was short-lived, lasting only 4 or 5 years Kurt Schwitters, Merz, 1920 Dadaists were individualists, anarchists, nihilists and libertarians.
Dada ‘art’ is not really Art. They thought all Art should be destroyed. Kurt Schwitters, Merz, 1920 Dadaists hated Art.
Why bother to study DADA then? Because of Dadaism’s influence on later art movements: -their use of found objects /readymades; Anything could now be considered art given its context. Robert Rauschenberg, Odalisk, 1955-58
Why bother to study DADA then? Because of Dadaism’s influence on later art movements: - their emphasis on ideas instead of visual qualities; Gary Kosuth, One and Three Chairs, 1965
Why bother to study DADA then? Because of Dadaism’s influence on later art movements: - their use of chance as a legitimate method of art production; Joan Miro, Hand Catching a Bird
Why bother to study DADA then? Because of Dadaism’s influence on later art movements: - they paved the way for Surrealism: Rene Magritte, Ceci n’est pas une pipe, 1926