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Dada is a term with several definitions Dada has been defined as a not-quite-naked prank a jape clothed in the barest g-string of aesthetic authority a Bronx cheer in three-part harmony Greil 198 Dada has also been called a traffic accident it was a cult Dada was a mask eyes without a face Dada was a religion spawn of ancient heresies Dada was a war but over souls not bodies Greil 238 Dada was the roar of contorted pains the interweaving of contraries and of all contradictions freaks and irrelevancies LIFE Turner 434 Dada uses such abstract concepts to define what it was but what does it all mean why was it formed and what did it set out to accomplish It is through these preliminary definitions which I gained my inspiration to spend an entire semester addressing this topic what is Dada and how this movement is similar to and how it influenced the punk rock movement sixty years later Dada was basically an anti-art movement established as stated by its founding members by means of immaculate conception In 1915 Dada grew out of a place called the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich with contributors such as Hugo Ball Emmy Hennings Tristan Tzara Marcel Janco Richard Huelsenbeck and Hans Arp the list goes on being the active players The fundamentals of Dada were that it formed as a response to World War I it was a radical cultural revolution it was based on the common ethic of anti-artthrough which new individual forms of expression arose This movement of Dada spread to New York with a concentration at Alfred Stieglitzs gallery at 291 In Berlin the movement was called Club Dada 1918-1923 while in Hannover the prime influence on Dada was one man Kurt Schwitters This movement also spread to Koln with mainly Max Ernst Johannes Baargeld and Hans Arp and to Paris as Sub-Dada The movement spread in the confusion of a world that would
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