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Inspiration of the Day: Dada

The Dada Movement is a progressive artistic subgenre that demonstrated the arbitrary means at which we look at normal things (see the above from Marcel Duchamp).  It was born shortly after the end of World War I, spawned a bohemian means through which the artist created but did not defend.  It was incendiary voice in a time where all social norms from before were starting to melt away.  Its iconoclastic bent focused on the destruction of present ideology and rejected reason and logic as the sole means to existence.

Dadaism was short lived, lasting from 1917 through approximately 1925.  It is often viewed negatively and sometimes altogether ignored.  However, it was the first truly designed Avant-Garde movement, that developed into the later surrealist, pop-art, and social realist movements in other countries.  Its challenges, though immature and often a bit foolish at times, offered whimsy in the face of stunning and haunting destruction. I have referred to the “Cette n’est pas une pipe” painting from the early surrealist movement (Warhol’s famous Monroe and Campbell Soup prints too) are derived from Dadaism.

In the end, Dadaism was creation for creation’s sake, even though it was anti-art.  It stretched however the cultural imagination in time at which this had been nearly and ultimately destroyed by war.  Images typically change slowly; the War caused them to explode rapidly.  Even in Eliot, Christ was a hypocrite teacher.  In Yeats, the best of all (nobles) were indifferent and the worst of all (dissidents without cause) were filled with virulent and violent tendencies.  Dada provided a visual means through which to understand this change. A toilet was not just a toilet; a pipe was more than a pipe; and Dali began melting clocks and creating stilted legged elephants.


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Nocturnal Ruminations: Opeth’s “I Feel the Dark” and Dali’s “Destino.”

Opeth’s foray into classical prog rock was an amazing explication on the style and a wonderfully met update to the genre.  Dali’s “Destino” was a project on which he was collaborating with Walt Disney.  A fan took this film and wed the footage to the song and found that the two properly and beautifully sync.  It is a great multimedia approach to the surreal.

For additional surrealist pleasure, refer to Daniil Kharms for a great read, especially the short prose: “The Optical Illusion.”

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Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Art, Inspiration, Music, Philosophy


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Inspiration of the Day: This Is Not a Blog Post.


from The Treachery of Images, Rene Margitte, 1928.

Surrealism started as a response to the rigorous training and analysis of Academic arts.  It espoused that Reason and Logic were meaningless.  It is also espoused a means of viewing objects and images as free from function customarily ascribed to them.  Hence, the above image, that very simply states that this pipe is not a pipe.

Surrealist thought influenced far into the 20th century with adherents such as Dali, Magitte, Duchamp, and into philosophers such as Foucault, Sartre, Gramsci, writers (most specifically in Russia and the American South) such as Faulkner, Kharms, Zoshenko, &c.  Above all else, its themes run countercultural to Western organized thought in which existence is rigidly ordered.  Often Surrealism served as the only means to criticize political and cultural institutions and in the case of Warhol (though he was more postmodern, pop art) to insult the American Capitalist Iconography.


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