La Casa Dorada – Dada

Posted: January 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

It might be a bit too early to raise the subject of Neo-Dada. But this is in today’s news. A former student now working on a PhD in Chemistry sent me the link.

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  1. Natalie Van Orden says:

    I’m excited that we are going to be discussing Neo-Dada in the future. It’s a movement I’m trying to understand better. Earlier this year I went to an MHC discussion about Neo-Dadaism, and why it makes sense culturally that we’re having a resurgence of the Dada art movement. I had never thought about it before, but some students were showing examples of absurd memes, and we discussed with a professor why our generation would find these memes funny and relevant. One idea thrown out there was that we were young during the 2008 financial crisis, the Iraq War, etc., and experienced losses from these events that communicated to us that things in the “real world” (or our consumerism-filled society) are out of our control.

    I feel like when I was a child, I was told the way the world is by adults, but as I have gotten older, reality has always been falling short of what I was told as a child. I feel like we are in a system (or many, many systems) that appear to be out of our control. Particularly with politics, while we can vote and lobby and live the way we want others to live, it still feels like we are not listened to, and what happens happens, whether we like it or not.
    Whether or not these feelings have a basis in reality is debated, but I definitely know many young people who have a hard time avoiding these feelings about reality (myself included).
    To me, when I looked at the memes in that discussion and saw how illogical and random they were, that randomness felt like a representation of my reality—of how things are always happening in my life that seem absurd and are unexplained.
    What do you think about this?

    • We won’t be hitting Neo-Dada all too soon. But that’s not a bad thing. The intervening materials are highly intriguing, and set the stage for understanding Dada better. As we move forward, I think you’ll discover is that most of what we have been taught about art and lit, especially modern art and lit, is just a lot of empty talk, designed to make it palatable (i.e., marketable) to the masses. I’ll do my best to explain artists, works, and movement in a more precise manner. But, of course, my opinions, however well informed and considered, are still my own. It will interesting to see which of them you ‘buy’ and which you ‘reject’. I certainly appreciate your keen interest in these topics. I didn’t know anybody cared about them anymore, and yet you tell me they have been discussed somewhat recently in Honors. It’s encouraging. Thanks for your input!

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