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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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Hans Arp: Resistance and the Philosophy of Virtual Creation

Hans Arp: Resistance and the Philosophy of Virtual Creation

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Dada 1916 in Theory

Dafydd W. Jones

Liverpool University Press

As an artistic movement, Zurich Dada offers very little visual residue. What remains is uneven and inconsistent but is wholly redeemed by the remarkable works that Hans Arp, and then Sophie Taeuber, produced during this phase. In this chapter, Arp’s so-called ‘chance’ collages are documented in terms of visual strategies of cultural resistance, read through Deleuzian schizoanalysis as correlates for creation itself, and detouring to Herman Melville’s short story ‘Bartleby’, along with Deleuze’s readings of a passive yet destructive resistance thoroughly revised in their historical context.

Keywords:   Hans Arp, Sophie Taeuber, virtual and actual, chance, passive resistance, Peter Hallward, Henri Bergson

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