Hugo Ball reciting the Dadaist poem Karawane

This fine example of ‘oddness in action’ is this photo of a guy named Hugo Ball elaborately reciting a poem called Karawane. Hugo Ball, Hans Arp, Tristan Tzara und Marcel Janco were the founders of the famous Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich (Switzerland) which is known to be “the cradle of dadaism”. Dadaism was a cultural movement that involved visual arts, literature, poetry, theatre and graphic design.

But the basis of Dada is nonsense! As a reaction to the political and social commotions after World War I, Dadaism was a way to express the confusion that was felt by many people as their world was turned upside down. It highly influenced Surrealism and paved the way for many later modern art styles.
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Nini is a self-proclaimed Social Media Whore, living and working in Germany. Her main profession lies in the conventional corporate media world, but she’s certainly come around, having worked for several online music mags, with a number of photographers, and for record labels such as the iconic LA-based Southern Lord Records.