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By Elizabeth Benjamin

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ISBN-13: 9781137563675

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Offering new severe methods to Dada as imperative a part of the Avant-Garde, Dada and Existentialism: the Authenticity of Ambiguity reassesses the circulation as a kind of (proto-) Existentialist philosophy. Dada is usually pushed aside as an anti-art stream with a in simple terms damaging theoretical impetus. French Existentialism is frequently condemned for its perceived quietist implications. even if, nearer research finds a preoccupation with philosophy within the former and with artwork within the latter. additionally, neither was once nonsensical or meaningless; either exhibit a wealthy individualist ethics geared toward the amelioration of the person and society.

The first significant comparative research of Dada and Existentialism, this article contributes new views on Dada as circulation, ancient legacy, and box of analysis. Analysing Dada works via Existentialist literature around the issues of selection, alienation, accountability, freedom and fact, the textual content posits that Dada and Existentialism either recommend the production of a self that goals for authenticity via ambiguity.

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Structure and organisation are two fundamental principles across Taeuber’s work as well as within her own personality, so we may presume that this juxtaposition of excitement and structure was one on which Janco chose to capitalise. Again we can note that the cohabitation of the structured and the structureless, as seen in the heads, suggests a mirroring of reactions to Dada’s wartime environment. It is also possible that Janco’s own desire to hold back is showing through this comment: coming after Taeuber’s premature death in 1943, we can note elements of restraint and even memorialisation through his omission of any words of madness or randomness, and specifically the ‘dignified sadness’ that he foregrounds.

437). While this may be indicative of bad faith in the case of Garcin, Inès and Estelle, the Dada performers’ dressing, through costumes and masks, displays attributes of Sartre’s definitions of choice, and the authenticity of forwarding characteristics that one has chosen without the pressure of external fetters.  30). The notion of the look is an intrinsic part of being-for-others, by which we create our relationships around how others make us feel.  64): through this competition the dancers were able to feed off and build upon each other’s creativity.

There was nothing stiff or rigid about her. But even her almost playfully confident control of her limbs was surpassed by her control of her spiritual being, which had no trace of anything exaggerated or overdone.  85) While we might again wonder whether this description takes into account feelings of loss and nostalgia following the artist’s death, it is also possible to assume that the aggression of the dances required great input and control on the dancer’s part.  64)—and elements of these masks are visible in the rare photographs of Taeuber’s dancing.

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