Seven Dada Manifestos and Lampisteries
Tristan Tzara—poet, literary iconoclast, and catalyst—was the founder of the Dada movement that began in Zürich during World War I. His ideas were inspired by his contempt for the bourgeois values and traditional attitudes towards art that existed at the time. This volume contains the famous manifestos that first appeared between 1916 and 1921 that would become the basic texts upon which Dada was based. For Tzara, art was both deadly serious and a game. The playfulness of Dada is evident in the manifestos, both in Tzara's polemic—which often uses dadaist typography—as well as in the delightful doodles and drawings contributed by Francis Picabia. Also included are Tzara's Lampisteries, a series of articles that throw light on the various art forms contemporary to his own work. Post-war art had grown weary of the old certainties and the carnage they caused. Tzara was on the cutting edge at a time when art was becoming more subjective and abstract, and beginning to reject the reality of the mind for that of the senses.
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I destroy the drawers of the brain, and those of social organisation: to sow
demoralisation everywhere, and throw heaven's hand into hell, hell's eyes into
heaven, to reinstate the fertile wheel of a universal circus in the Powers of reality,
and the ...
Nature is organised in its totality, the rigging of the fabulous ship up to the focal
point in the principles that regulate crystals and insects in hierarchies like trees.
Every natural thing keeps its clarity of organisation, hidden, pulled by
Intelligence is an organisation like any other, social organisation, the
organisation of a bank, or the organisation of a gossip-session. A society tea-
party. Its purpose is to create order and introduce clarity where there is none. Its
purpose is to ...
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