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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DADA — this is a word that throws up ideas so that they can be shot down; every
bourgeois is a little playwright, who invents different subjects and who, instead of
situating suitable characters on the level of his own intelligence, like chrysalises ...
Words which have a different meaning for every individual. Words which claim to
make everybody agree, which is why they're usually written with capital letters.
Words which do not have the moral value and the objective force that people are
Words have a weight, too, and are used for an abstract construction. The absurd
doesn't frighten me because, from a more elevated point of view, I consider
everything in life to be absurd. It is only the elasticity of our conventions that
makes a ...
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