20.9.2016 Dada movement

In today lesson, we are learning about the Dada movement which I think it is really important issue in modern art as it has influenced the pop art and surrealism.

“DADA movement is happening in the early 20th century, Zürich,Switzerland which began in 1916 at Cabaret Voltaire and then spreading to the Europe.

This movement has no meaning, it just mean nothing. It is not ART,with no EMOTION, no about CRAFT or the TRADITIONAL BEAUTY. It is like think outside the boxes,to live a life with no reason, no sense, no control.

This movement is influenced by WORLD WAR 1. WW1 was affect millions people’  life with blood and killing. Dadaist believed that because of the war the social structure has broken which cause violence, limited the social value, policy corruption ,unified the thought and  culture conformity .”(Tate and school powerpoint info.)

Karawane ,Hugo Ball ,1916

“One of the famous piece is ‘Karawane’ created by Hugo Ball in 1916 at a nightclub which is called Cabaret Voltaire. It is located at Zürich,Switzerland which is the stared place dada movement. This is a preferment art work of dada movement which is Hugo Ball reading the poem he has written by using meaningless words and sound.”(movingpoems.com) I think this is really amazing way to show what is dada. It is because poem is thing with rule such as rhyme. However Ball is just using the meaning word and unknown sound to create which just like breaking the rule and strong show the meaning of Dada as it is no meaning inside the poem, it just created with no meaning ,no thinking. Also by using poem it has created contrast and tension with it as it is so different between these two thing. One is full of rule, one is freely. I really love this expression way!

“About Hugo Ball , his is one of the founder of dada movement. He is born in 1886. He studied german literature, philosophy and history at the university of Munich and Heidelberg. He founded ‘Cabaret Voltaire’  where he meet Marcel junco, Tristan Tzara, and Richard Huelsenbeck who were the famous dadaist too.”(dada-companion.com)

Fountain,Marcel Duchamp,1917

“Also, about the other famous piece which call fountain , it is created in 1917 by Marcel Duchamp. It is just a urinal with signature. But he even signed in a fake name.”(Tate) It is really a special one . As the artist just bought a usual urinal to placed inside-down in an art exhibition. There was nobody had done this work before. Duchamp has have let the artist think about their role and the definition of art. Also this work has influence modern art in all kind of action and create a new context as it is challenging the audience to question and think more about it.In addition, it has given great influence to the modern art too.

“About Marcel Duchamp(28 July 1887 – 2 Oct 1968), he is a famous artist associated with cubism ,conceptual art and dada. He is famous on using readymade produce to create art!  He is born in Blainville, Normandy”(Tate)

In class, we are inspired by Hugo Ball and we try to make a dada poem by cutting words on newspaper and place randomly.This is our group outcome. I love outcome! As I think it is so dadaism as it is nonsense with no meaning inside. We have also add the portrait in side as to be the part of the poem . These have made the poem become more interesting . Also these have made the poem has different type element . The size of the poem have create a tension and made the poem become eyes-catching.


Moving Poems. (2016). Karawane by Hugo Ball. [online] Available at: http://movingpoems.com/2014/02/karawane-by-hugo-ball/ [Accessed 20 Sep. 2016].

Seegers, C. (2016). DADA Companion — Hugo Ball. [online] Dada-companion.com. Available at: http://www.dada-companion.com/ball/ [Accessed 20 Sep. 2016].

Tate. (2016). Marcel Duchamp, ‘Fountain’ 1917, replica 1964. [online] Available at: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/duchamp-fountain-t07573 [Accessed 20 Sep. 2016].

Tate. (2016). Marcel Duchamp, ‘Fountain’ 1917, replica 1964. [online] Available at: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/marcel-duchamp-1036 [Accessed 20 Sep. 2016].

Tate.org.uk. (2016). Dada. [online] Available at: http://www.tate.org.uk/learn/online-resources/glossary/d/dada [Accessed 20 Sep. 2016].


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