Total pandemonium. The people around us are shouting, laughing, and gesticulating. Our replies are sighs of love, volleys of hiccups, poems, moos, and miaowing of medieval Bruitists. Tzara is wiggling his behind like the belly of an Oriental dancer. Janco is playing an invisible violin and bowing and scraping. Madam Hennings, with a Madonna face, is doing the splits. Huelsenbeck is banging away nonstop on the great drum, with Ball accompanying him on the piano pale as a chalky ghost. We were given the honorary title of Nihilists.
Hans Arp on the first period of Dadaïsm
Raoul Hausmann, der kunstreporter (the art critic)
Raoul Hausmann, Tatlin zu hause (Tatlin’s house)
Hannah Höch, Da Dandy
Hannah was the only woman in the Dadaïst movement and even though her colleagues claimed to be emancipated they didn’t think of her as a serious artist. However, she took revenge when she had the most impressing artwork at the first international dada convention.
Hannah Höch, Cut with the Dada Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany
John Heartfield, cover of ‘Dada 3’ (magazine)
Kurt Schwitters, i-zeichnung
This is only one piece out of the ‘i-zeichung’ series. The i stands for dotting the i in art. Kurt searched through the garbage of a printing company and selected what he liked. With this he is trying to tell us that an artist’s job is to recognise rhythm and expression in a part of nature.