Tag Archives: Raoul Hausmann

confusion as intent

Dada. They brought to a sharp focus the dilemma in which making choices between so-called alternatives was a lost cause. Tristan Tzara ( of chess with Lenin fame ) saw opposites as essentially equivalent. Order=disroder. affirmation=negation. The efforts to incite … Continue reading

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fantastic realism

She represented the opposite of the one dimensional society that was being constructed around her. Contrary to the nazi idea of purity, the well-managed in-bred society in the quest for the authentic human being and with the help of eugenics, … Continue reading

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pledging alleigance to the hollow man

It was to address the decline of individuality. In the new technological world, the individual had meaning and value only to the extent it was in the service of this new instrumentality. Artistically, though artists generally targeted their work into … Continue reading

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cabaret voltaire: an arcade project

Dada as just another shop, another boutique in the arcade? Dada put into question the myths surrounding originality, and the relationship of the artist to the category of “genius”. Dada suggested instead, or implied that everyone could be an artist, … Continue reading

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ART AS HELL IN A HAND-CART: The New Objectivity?

“The logical result of Fascism is the introduction of aesthetics into political life.” …”All efforts to render politics aesthetic culminate in one thing: war.” (Walter Benjamin )…”A work of art carries its defence within itself.” ( Jean Cocteau). Entartete Kunst … Continue reading

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Aesthetics of Nihilism: Death as a ''Ready Made''

The general chaos was captured in the driving art movement in Germany in the years between the World Wars by German Expressionism. But once Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party began their ascent into power, culminating in 1933 with the … Continue reading

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Photomontage, Berlin Dada & Adolf Scissorhands

Dada did not have homogenous and formal characteristics as other art styles. Dada cannot be considered an art style per se, but in general, an anti-art movement ┬áthat began as a response to the mercantilism and colonialism that gave rise … Continue reading

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