Gallery of Saints & Sinners from our Daily Bleed...
1886-- Dada cabaret founder & poet Hugo Ball lives, Pirmasens, Germany.A staunch pacifist, leaves Germany during World War I for neutral Switzerlandin 1916.
Dada: "hobbyhorse" in French, "father"in English, "yes,yes"in Romania, a"cube" & a wet-nurse" in Italian, ornothing: aphonetic babble on the threshold of meaning. "DADADOES NOT MEAN ANYTHING" --- Tristan Tzara "Dadalends itself easily to puns. That is why we selected it." ---Andre Breton.
DaDais beautiful like
thenight, who cradles
theyoung day in herarms"--- Hans Arp"DADA speaks with you, it is everything,it envelopes everything, it belongs to every religion, can be neither victorynor defeat, it lives in space and not in time."
DaDais the sun, Dada is the egg, Dada is the Police of the Police."
Dadasiegt! For a brief seven years, among the artists and social criticsof Europe and America, Dada was the movement on the cutting edge. FromZurich, Tzara carried the seeds of artistic revolution to Paris, whereAndre Breton, Paul Eluard, and Phillippe Soupault joined the group. SeeDaily Bleed, February 18.
Dadaactivities flurished in New York, Berlin, Cologne, and Hannover, and ineach city the movement had a distinctive local spirit. In Cologne, MaxErnst and Theodore Baargeld (an adopted name meaning "ready money") provokedtheir fellow residents, organizing an art show in a local brewery thatwas 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 Ernstproduced highly original work by combining divergent types of collage.
"1Kupferblech 1 Zinkblech 1 Gummituch 2 Tastzirkel . . ."
The Dadagroup in Cologne broke up when Arp left for the even more exciting scenein Paris in 1920. His lifelong friend Max Ernst followed him there in 1922.
For moreon Arp, see DailyBleed, June 7. For more on Ernst, see April2.
Emmy Hennings (1885-1948), wife of Hugo Ball.Made his acquaintance in 1913 & went to Zurich with him in 1915, whereshe helped to found the "Cabaret Voltaire" & took part in its performances.
1927-- In St. Abbondio, Switzerland, birthplace of Dada.
HugoBall, a founder of the Dada movement, also known foran early critical biography of German novelist Hermann Hesse."Aline of poetry is a chance to get rid of all the filth that clings to
thisaccursed language," Ball exclaimed.
"Iwant the word where it ends
andbegins," he cried. "Dada is the heart of words." (That was "The First
DadaManifesto," July 14, 1916). The Cabaret Voltaire. Zurich.
Everywhere,the ethical predicament of our time imposesitself with an urgency which suggests that even the question "Havewe anything to eat?" willbe answered not in material but in ethical terms.
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