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Dada 1916 in TheoryPractices of Critical Resistance$
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Dafydd Jones

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380208

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380208.001.0001

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A Disintegrating Culture: Dada Violence and Degradation

A Disintegrating Culture: Dada Violence and Degradation

(p.73) 3 A Disintegrating Culture: Dada Violence and Degradation
Dada 1916 in Theory

Dafydd W. Jones

Liverpool University Press

Added to the performative dimension of the preceding chapter is Dada’s all-inclusive aggression, embodied for many in 1916 by the confrontational pose of Richard Huelsenbeck. This chapter assesses the nature of the violence that erupted initially in the cabaret performances, validated as it was under Dada’s red flag, and moderated for the present reading by Walter Benjamin’s 1921 essay ‘Critique of Violence’, to deliberate the Dada complex whereby it could happily destroy but could not pass judgement on culture.

Keywords:   violence, Richard Huelsenbeck, judgement, Walter Benjamin, ‘Critique of Violence’, Ernst Bloch

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