Who’s your dada now?

Jag blev nyfiken på dadaismen, den rörelse bland konstnärer och författare som uppstod som en reaktion på moderismen och första världskriget. Dada är barnspråk, på franska och betyder häst. Att rörelsen heter dada sägs vara en slump. Gubbarna som hittade på det satt på ett fick ock slog i en ordbok.

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By Tristan Tzara

From ”Dada Manifesto” [1918] and ”Lecture on Dada” [1922], translated from the French by Robert Motherwell, *Dada Painters and Poets*, by Robert Motherwell, New York, pp. 78- 9, 81, 246-51; reprinted by pernlission of George Wittenborn, Inc., Publishers, 10l8 Madison Avenue, New York 21, N.Y. *There is a literature that does not reach the voracious mass. It is the work of creators, issued from a real necessity in the author, produced for himself. It expresses the knowledge of a supreme egoism, in which laws wither away. Every page must explode, either by profound heavy seriousness, the whirlwind, poetic frenzy, the new, the eternal, the crushing joke, enthusiasm for principles, or by the way in which it is printed. On the one hand a tottering world in flight, betrothed to the glockenspiel of hell, on the other hand: new men. Rough, bouncing, riding on hiccups. Behind them a crippled world and literary quacks with a mania for improvement.

I say unto you: there is no beginning and we do not tremble, we are not sentimental. We are a furious Wind, tearing the dirty linen of clouds and prayers, preparing the great spectacle of disaster, fire, decomposition.* We will put an end to mourning and replace tears by sirens screeching from one continent to another. Pavilions of intense joy and widowers with the sadness of poison. Dada is the signboard of abstraction; advertising and business are also elements of poetry.

I destroy the drawers of the brain and of social organization: spread demoralization wherever I go and cast my hand from heaven to hell, my eyes from hell to heaven, restore the fecund wheel of a universal circus to objective forces and the imagination of every individual.

Philosophy is the question: from which side shall we look at life, God, the idea or other phenomena. Everything one looks at is false. I do not consider the relative result more important than the choice between cake and cherries after dinner. The system of quickly looking at the other side of a thing in order to impose your opinion indirectly is called dialectics, in other words, haggling over the spirit of fried potatoes while dancing method around it. If I cry out:

Ideal, ideal, ideal,


  • Knowledge, knowledge, knowledge,
  • Boomboom, boomboom, boomboom,
  • Språket blir lätt ett instrument för förtryck. Vi talar och skriver som vi blir lärda utan att försöka hitta vårt personliga ”Boomboom”.

    Att alla röster, uttryck skulle ha ett lika värde ryms inte under modernismen. Människan spärras in i ett fängelse där hennes eget förnuft blir fångvaktaren. Rösterna utanför blir obegripliga och det är omöjligt att skilja vän från fiende.

    Så här skrev Jack Kerouac i ett brev till Don Allen, 1958

      List of Essentials


    • Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy
    • Submissive to everything, open, listening
    • Try never get drunk outside yr own house
    • Be in love with yr life
    • Something that you feel will find its own form
    • Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind
    • Blow as deep as you want to blow
    • Write what you want bottomless from bottom of mind
    • The unspeakable visions of the individual
    • No time for poetry but exactly what is
    • Visionary tics shivering in the chest
    • In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you
    • Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition
    • Like Proust be an old teahead of time
    • Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog
    • The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye
    • Write in recollection and amazement for yourself
    • Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea
    • Accept loss forever
    • Believe in the holy contour of life
    • Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind
    • Don’t think of words when you stop but to see picture better
    • Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning
    • No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge
    • Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it
    • Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form
    • In Praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness
    • Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better
    • You’re a Genius all the time
    • Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in HeavenAs ever,

    Vi på Kattkorgen säger Ta leken på största allvar.

    • http://ponor.wordpress.com ponor

      Fun to see this in yr blog – lol – dada och Jack Kerouac one ofter the other: boomboom! ”….Ta leken på största allvar” Ja, absolut

    • http://kattk.org Jonas