KUSF In Exile 01.08.12 6-8 PM Spotlight Dada DJ Nikolai Sadikogli

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Dada was founded in 1916 in Zurich at the Cabaret Voltaire by Hugo
Ball and an international group of avant-garde artists that included
Emmy Hennings, Raoul Hausmann, Richard Huelsenbeck, Jean Arp, Sophie
Tauber, Tristan Tzara, and Marcel Janco. Together, they published
small magazines and conducted raucous evenings that involved wearing
home-made costumes, reciting nonsensical sound poetry, singing and
performing. Their art was intended to provoke, challenge, and ridicule
the European culture that caused World War I.

The spirit of Dada extended beyond the group in Zurich. The artists
eventually dispersed back to Paris, Berlin, Cologne, etc., where they
continued to pursue absurd and antagonistic activities in
collaboration with other artists, such as Francis Picabia, Hans
Richter, Erik Satie, John Heartfield, and George Grosz. The Spotlight
will also feature precursors Raymond Roussel and Alfred Jarry, who
were appropriated by Dada, as well as the related avant-garde
activities of Marcel Duchamp and Kurt Schwitters’ Merz poetry. For
more information, see http://www.dada-companion.com.

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