russell higgs

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ARMISTICE DAY

"our generation was formed through the absurdity of war" ...said Andre Malraux

dada is an art movement that grew largely out of a disgust for the Great War and for the societies and values that allowed it to happen.

"dadaism has more to do with the battle of the Somme, with uprisings and putsches, than with what we usually consider art." ...said ilya ehrenburg

In the aftermath of a war that introduced the horrors of chemical and industrialized warfare for the first time, the world was numbed by its own brutality.

"The beginnings of Dada," Tristan Tzara remarked, "were not the beginnings of art, but of disgust."

dada, in essence, was revolt against war. none of those artists and thinkers could bring themselves to work for the rebuilding of a society that had proven itself so morally bankrupt. as Marcel Janco recalled: "We had lost confidence in our culture."

dada rejected all accepted values because those values had all succumbed to rabid militarism.

dada is without meaning, as nature is.

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ARMISTICE DAY

"our generation was formed through the absurdity of war" ...said Andre Malraux

dada is an art movement that grew largely out of a disgust for the Great War and for the societies and values that allowed it to happen.

"dadaism has more to do with the battle of the Somme, with uprisings and putsches, than with what we usually consider art." ...said ilya ehrenburg

In the aftermath of a war that introduced the horrors of chemical and industrialized warfare for the first time, the world was numbed by its own brutality.

"The beginnings of Dada," Tristan Tzara remarked, "were not the beginnings of art, but of disgust."

dada, in essence, was revolt against war. none of those artists and thinkers could bring themselves to work for the rebuilding of a society that had proven itself so morally bankrupt. as Marcel Janco recalled: "We had lost confidence in our culture."

dada rejected all accepted values because those values had all succumbed to rabid militarism.

dada is without meaning, as nature is.

comments (4)

  • nev
  • Australia
  • 11 Nov 2006, 14:11
Russell i like your remembrance day shot. i am not going to talk of the dada movement as it is something i recognise but have not studied in any great depth. The other day you talked about patriotism and not understanding about the feelings of superiority.

The battle of the somme and other ww1 battles were one of those defining moments for australia. a lot of the the australian ideals of mateship and having a go were formed because of battles like the somme. I believe in the somme the australians were blazing forward in battle only to be unsupported from behind by the british and other allied forces and were left cut off from support. We were a small colonial outpost on the other side of the world having a large impact in the battles of the british.
That said, I'm sure TESCO will be extremely glad of the plug.... Keep it up Russ, you're one of the pathfinders we choose to follow to another place, a place we've never seen or heard of before. Much love, bruv. Have a good weekend.
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Nov 2006, 15:37
Having seen some of the images on tv today regarding Armistice day and now reading your comments has reminded me of a conversation I had with my father some time ago. My father now in his eighties left home at age 17 to serve in the merchant navi as a radio officer. He still has his service log book which shows that he served aboard 17 ships 4 of which were sunk. During our conversation he spoke of the futility of war and his disgust at the hidious and unecessary loss of lives but more importantly to him was the tragic loss of inocent life. After all, wars are created by so called leaders who rarely lose their lives but are responsible for the loss of so many people. This is so in tune with your sentiments regarding patriotism and blind Allegiance. Why not have the country leaders fight it out in a ring and let the rest of the world rest in peace?

You have been boxed today Russell! How much are the mini Russell's at Tesco's?
I like the slight muzziness- and the watery effect

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