28 April 2006

Dada in Kansas

Via Jed Hartman, I learned that in late December the mayor of Lawrence, Kansas proclaimed "International Dadaism Month":
WHEREAS: Dadaism is an international tendency in art that seeks to change conventional attitudes and practices in aesthetics, society, and morality; and

WHEREAS: Dadaism may or may not have come into being in the summer of 1916 at the Cabaret Voltaire at 1 Spiegelgasse in Zürich, Switzerland, with the participation of Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, Emmy Hennings, Marcel and Georges Janco, Jean Arp, and Richard Heulsenbeck; and

WHEREAS: The central message of Dada is the realization that reason and anti-reason, sense and nonsense, design and chance, consciousness and unconsciousness, belong together as necessary parts of a whole; and

WHEREAS: Dada is a virgin microbe which penetrates with the insistence of air into all those spaces that reason has failed to fill with words and conventions; and

WHEREAS: zimzim urallala zimzim urallala zimzim zanzibar zimzalla zam;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Dennis “Boog” Highberger, Mayor of the City of Lawrence, Kansas, do hereby proclaim the days of February 4, April 1, March 28, July 15, August 2, August 7, August 16, August 26, September 18, September 22, October 1, October 17, and October 26, 2006 as

"INTERNATIONAL DADAISM MONTH"
I'm very happy to see my birthday listed among the days of International Dadaism Month. Perhaps I shall move to Lawrence and work on my tone poems.

2 comments:

  1. That's wonderful.

    It looks like we were both born in Dadaism Month. How random! Or how well planned!

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  2. Lawrence, Kansas is a far cooler place than I thought it was . . .

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