Category Archives: Dada

The Blind Man

100 years since the radical journal by Marcel Duchamp, Beatrice Wood and Henri-Pierre Roché brought Dada to New York

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The Blind Man

100 years since the radical journal by Marcel Duchamp, Beatrice Wood and Henri-Pierre Roché brought Dada to New York

17-plus books for 2017

Dead poets, nude dancers, good bohemians, mystical Symbolists, jaded aristocrats, queer courtiers and blind men at play in a realm of dreams and voodoo

17-plus books for 2017

Dead poets, nude dancers, good bohemians, mystical Symbolists, jaded aristocrats, queer courtiers and blind men at play in a realm of dreams and voodoo

“Suicide must be a vocation”

“You are all poets and I’m on the side of death.” It’s Demotivational Quote of the Day brought to you by everyone’s favourite Dadaist nihilist, Jacques Rigaut.

“Suicide must be a vocation”

“You are all poets and I’m on the side of death.” It’s Demotivational Quote of the Day brought to you by everyone’s favourite Dadaist nihilist, Jacques Rigaut.

The King of Failures

Arthur Cravan returns to Berlin

The King of Failures

Arthur Cravan returns to Berlin

Places: Architektenhaus

A major pre-Dada event, 100 years ago today

Places: Architektenhaus

A major pre-Dada event, 100 years ago today

15 books for 2015

Bricktop, Baron Corvo and Bertolt Brecht join a cast of…oh, about two dozen

15 books for 2015

Bricktop, Baron Corvo and Bertolt Brecht join a cast of…oh, about two dozen

Encounters

Hans Richter and the rise of film art

Encounters

Hans Richter and the rise of film art

14 books for 2014

Books, books, books – dirty and otherwise

14 books for 2014

Books, books, books – dirty and otherwise

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven | poems

The “Dada Baroness” blurs the line between art and poetry

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven | poems

The “Dada Baroness” blurs the line between art and poetry

The Bearded Heart

Dadaists v Surrealists: the final round.

The Bearded Heart

Dadaists v Surrealists: the final round.

Arthur Cravan Memorial Society

A radio tribute to everyone’s favourite boxing poet.

Arthur Cravan Memorial Society

A radio tribute to everyone’s favourite boxing poet.

Pearls: Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

The baroness offers punctuation as unusual as her itinerary

Pearls: Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

The baroness offers punctuation as unusual as her itinerary

I am such miserable thing

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven’s letters make pretty difficult reading in every sense (deciphering the handwriting, parsing her eccentric syntax and then encountering the desolation of her life).

I am such miserable thing

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven’s letters make pretty difficult reading in every sense (deciphering the handwriting, parsing her eccentric syntax and then encountering the desolation of her life).

Catching up

Body Sweats, a collection of writings by Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, is a capital B capital D Big Deal in the shadow world of Strange Flowers. I’ve leafed through 2011’s back pages to see what else I’ve missed (or in some cases, forgotten) of the year’s books.

Catching up

Body Sweats, a collection of writings by Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, is a capital B capital D Big Deal in the shadow world of Strange Flowers. I’ve leafed through 2011’s back pages to see what else I’ve missed (or in some cases, forgotten) of the year’s books.

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 4

Else was shocked when management barred her entry one day, on the grounds that she didn’t consume enough. “Is a poet who consumes a lot even a poet?” she fumed. And so as the First World War approached, Café des Westens fell out of favour with the avant-garde.

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 4

Else was shocked when management barred her entry one day, on the grounds that she didn’t consume enough. “Is a poet who consumes a lot even a poet?” she fumed. And so as the First World War approached, Café des Westens fell out of favour with the avant-garde.

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 2

At the Weisse Maus there’s a fine line between performer and prostitute, but Anita Berber leaves no doubt that she is not on the menu. She acts up and acts out, urinating on stage, breaking a champagne bottle over a punter’s head.

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 2

At the Weisse Maus there’s a fine line between performer and prostitute, but Anita Berber leaves no doubt that she is not on the menu. She acts up and acts out, urinating on stage, breaking a champagne bottle over a punter’s head.

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 1

Germany’s cultural history generally favours the tortured genius over the wayward maverick, but the period between the First World War and the Nazis’ rise to power in 1933 represented a rare temporal oasis of experimentation, extravagance and eccentricity.

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 1

Germany’s cultural history generally favours the tortured genius over the wayward maverick, but the period between the First World War and the Nazis’ rise to power in 1933 represented a rare temporal oasis of experimentation, extravagance and eccentricity.

Witch’s Cradle

A bafflingly unexplored moment in Maya Deren’s early career, one which unites her with the most revolutionary artist of the 20th century as well as its most important patron.

Witch’s Cradle

A bafflingly unexplored moment in Maya Deren’s early career, one which unites her with the most revolutionary artist of the 20th century as well as its most important patron.