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Hugo Ball, Flight

"Everybody their own Football."
Founder of Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. Dada genius.


1886 -- Dada cabaret founder & poet Hugo Ball lives, Pirmasens, Germany. A staunch pacifist, leaves Germany during World War I for neutral Switzerland in 1916.

"hobby horse" in French,
"father" in English,
"yes,yes" in Romania,
a "cube" & a wet-nurse" in Italian,
or nothing:
a phonetic babble on the threshold of meaning.
"Dada lends itself easily to puns. That is why we selected it." --- Andre Breton.



1916 -- First & only edition of the magazine Cabaret Voltaire is published, containing work by Hugo Ball, Kandinsky, Arp, Modigliani, & the first printing of the word Dada. 

DaDa is beautiful like
the night, who cradles
the young day in her
arms" --- Hans Arp
"DADA speaks with you, it is everything, it envelopes everything, it belongs to every religion, can be neither victory nor defeat, it lives in space and not in time."
--- Francis Picabia

DaDa is the sun, Dada is the egg, Dada is the Police of the Police."
-- Richard Huelsenbeck
Dada siegt! For a brief seven years, among the artists and social critics of Europe and America, Dada was the movement on the cutting edge. From Zurich, Tzara carried the seeds of artistic revolution to Paris, where Andre Breton, Paul Eluard, and Phillippe Soupault joined the group. See Daily Bleed, February 18.

Dada activities flurished in New York, Berlin, Cologne, and Hannover, and in each city the movement had a distinctive local spirit. In Cologne, Max Ernst and Theodore Baargeld (an adopted name meaning "ready money") provoked their fellow residents, organizing an art show in a local brewery that was closed by the police. When Hans Arp joined the Colgne group in 1919, he and Ernst made a series of provocative collages together.


"Switzerland, Birthplace of Dada"

Max Ernst produced highly original work by combining divergent types of collage.

 "1 Kupferblech 1 Zinkblech 1 Gummituch 2 Tastzirkel . . ."


The Dada group in Cologne broke up when Arp left for the even more exciting scene in Paris in 1920. His lifelong friend Max Ernst followed him there in 1922.

For more on Arp, see Daily Bleed, June 7. For more on Ernst, see April 2.


Emmy Hennings (1885-1948), wife of Hugo Ball. Made his acquaintance in 1913 & went to Zurich with him in 1915, where she helped to found the "Cabaret Voltaire" & took part in its performances.

1927 -- In St. Abbondio, Switzerland, birthplace of Dada.

Hugo Ball, a founder of the Dada movement, also known for an early critical biography of German novelist Hermann Hesse.
"A line of poetry is a chance to get rid of all the filth that clings to
this accursed language," Ball exclaimed.

"I want the word where it ends
and begins," he cried. "Dada is the heart of words." (That was "The First
Dada Manifesto," July 14, 1916). The Cabaret Voltaire. Zurich.

  Everywhere, the ethical predicament of our time
imposes itself with an urgency which suggests that even the question
"Have we anything to eat?"
will be answered not in material but in ethical terms.

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