Anti-War and Anti-Bourgeois Art in the Dada Movement Introduction Opening Statement The art movement that would be called Dada started in 1916 in Zurich, Switzerland with a night of performances at the Cabaret Voltaire, including the spoken poetry of the poet Hugo Ball (The Saylor Foundation 2010, p.2). That night, Ball recited a sound poem made of nonsense syllables that he called “ Karawane ” ( Stokstad and Cothren 2011, p.1037). At the same time, he wore a self-made costume made up of a paper suit, a cardboard cape, a cardboard tube hat, and odd cardboard “claws” (Figure 1; Stokstad and Cothren 2011, p.1037). As art historians Stokstad and Cothren (2011) argue, “Ball’s poetry renounced the language devastated and made impossible by...The end:
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