100 Years of Dada or How to Create a Dadaist Poem

It was in a cosmonaut-like costume and it was in July 1916 in the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich when the German poet Hugo Ball introduced his manifesto and spoke out "DADA". This was the magical word, the magic formula against all horrors of the war, against all absurd conflicts ...

The Dada manifesto was signed by many other artists such as the German poetess Emmy Ball-Hennings, American writer and artists Beatrica Wood, French artist Marcel Duchamp, German painter Max Ernst, or the German-French painter, sculptor and poet Hans Art and others. The Dadaists rejected established norms and were strictly against elitism in art. Their main motto was an absolute freedom of creation and art.

Hugo Ball, Kabaret Voltaire, Zurich, 1916 (foto wikimedia.org)
Hugo Ball, Kabaret Voltaire, Zurich, 1916
(foto wikimedia.org)

Cut-out, Collage, Assemblage, Fluxus, Ready-mades and others

were the new creative techniques of Dadaism

You can create now your own poem according to the instructions by Tristan Tzara:

To Make a Dadaist Poem

Take a newspaper.
Take some scissors.
Choose from this paper an article of the length you want to make your poem.
Cut out the article.
Next carefully cut out each of the words that makes up this article and put them all in a bag.
Shake gently.
Next take out each cutting one after the other.
Copy conscientiously in the order in which they left the bag.
The poem will resemble you.
And there you are – an infinitely original author of charming sensibility, even though unappreciated by the vulgar herd.


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