Notes

So Much Dada

Open Culture has all eight issues of Dada (1971-21) and you can download them! “Edited by [Tristan] Tzara and including his manifesto in issue 3, the magazine ‘served to distinguish and define Dada in the many cities it infiltrated,’ writes the Art Institute of Chicago, ‘and allowed its major figures to assert their power and position.’ Dada succeeded a previous attempt by Ball at a journal called Cabaret Voltaire—named for his Zurich theater—which survived for one issue in 1917 before folding, along with the first version of the cabaret. That year, Tzara, ‘an ambitious and skilled promoter… began a relentless campaign to spread the ideas of Dada…. As Dada gained momentum, Tzara took on the role of a prophet by bombarding French and Italian artists and writers with letters about Dada’s activities.’ Whatever Dada was, it wasn’t shy about promoting itself.”

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