Three Rooms Press presents
2020 International Virtual ¡DADA! Festival
A 7-Part series of livestreamed dada events by contemporary dada artists from around the world
September 3-23, 2020
Featuring DADA Performance! Art! Poetry!
Three Rooms Press is proud to sponsor the 2020 International Virtual ¡DADA! Festival: A series of livestreamed dada actions by contemporary dada artists from around the world. The festival will include close to 100 artists and writers from 14 countries, performing over a series of seven events live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook. The series will highlight the art and writing of contributors to MAINTENANT 14: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, published annually by Three Rooms Press since 2008, and will be hosted by MAINTENANT 14 editors Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges.
Events will include performance, art, and poetry inspired by the theme of this year’s journal “UN-SUSTAIN-A-BULL-SH*T!” Prepare for the provocative, eclectic, and unpredictable collage of performances by more than 100 artists in a series of lively sessions tracking European, South American, Canadian and US performers. Admission to all events is free. All events will be livestreamed to both Facebook and Youtube. Copies of MAINTENANT 14 will be available to order during all events.
Session 1: East Coast DADA Superstars Part I
Thursday, September 3, 2020 | 7 PM EDT
Featured performers: Joel Allegretti (New Jersey) | Martine Bellen (New York) | Robert C. Ford (New York) | Benjamin Goluboff (Illinois) | Ron Kolm (New York) | Jane LeCroy (New York) | Patricia Leonard (New York) | Linda Lerner (New York) | Fred Marchant (Massachusetts) | Anna O’Meara (New York) | John S. Paul (New York) | Bruce Robinson (New York) | Paul Sohar (New Jersey) | Yrik Valentonis (Florida)
Session 2: West Coast DADA Superstars Part I
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 | 7 PM PDT (10PM EDT)
Featured performers: Liz Axelrod (New Mexico) | Mahnaz Badihian (California) | Mona Jean Cedar + Jeff Boynton: Circuitry + Poetry (California) | Allison Davis (California) | Christian Georgescu (New York) | Richard Loranger (California) | Richard Modiano (California) | Bronwyn Mauldin (California) | Marc Olmsted (Oregon) | Suzi Kaplan Olmsted (Oregon) | Ingrid Wendt (Oregon)
Session 3: European DADA Superstars Part I
Tuesday, September 15 | 19h CEST (1 PM EDT)
Featured performers: Volodymyr Bilyk (Ukraine) | Imanol Buisan (Spain) | Sam Dodson (UK) | Becky Fawcett (UK) | Federico Federici (Italy) | Jon Andoni Goikoetxea (Spain) | Fausto Grossi (Spain) | Lisa Marie Jarlborn (France/Sweden) | Boni Joi (Switzerland) | Béné Kusendila (Belgium) | Syporca Whandal (Hungary)
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Session 4: East Coast DADA Superstars Part 2
Tuesday, September 15 | 7PM EDT
Featured performers: C. Mehrl Bennett (Ohio) | Mark Blickley (New York) | Cooper Casale (Georgia) | Andrei Codrescu (New York) | Terese Coe (New York) | Jeff Farr (New York) | Cheryl J. Fish (New York) | Thomas Fucaloro (New York) | Gordon Gilbert (New York) | Ronna Lebo (New Jersey) | Valery Oisteanu (New York) | Mado Reznik (Argentina) | Anoek van Praag (New York) | Ann Firestone Ungar (New York)
Session 5: West Coast DADA Superstars Part 2
Tuesday, September 15 | 7PM PDT (10PM EDT)
Youssef Alaoui (California) | Linda J Albertano (California) | Mike Bruner (Nevada) | Carol Dorf (California) | Rich Ferguson (California) | SA Griffin (California) | Mark Hoefer (California) | Doug Knott (California) | David R. Lincoln (New York) | Bibiana Padilla Maltos (California) | Mike Mollett (California) | Harry E Northup (California) | Travis Richardson (California) | Richard Stone (California) | Neal Skooter Taylor (California)
Session 6: European DADA Superstars Part 2
Wednesday, September 23 | 19h CEST (1 PM EDT)
Featured performers: Jamika Ajalon (France) | Malik Crumpler (France) | Rafael Cruz (Portugal) | Ignacio Galilea (Belgium) | Marina Kazakova (Belgium) | Mark Kostabi (Italy / US) | Sara Maino (Italy) | Sophie Malleret (France) | Iulia Militaru (Romania) | Akim AJ Willems (Belgium) | Nina Zivancevic (France)
Session 7: East Coast DADA Superstars Part 3
Wednesday, September 23 | 7PM EDT
Featured performers: Amy Barone (New York) | Robert Gibbons (New York) | Meghan Grupposo (New York) | Janet Hamill (New York) | Karen Hildebrand (New York) | Matthew Hupert (New York) | Gay Pasley (Oklahoma) | Puma Perl (New York) | Michael Puzzo (New York) | Kathleen Reichelt (Canada) | Wesley Rickert (Canada) | Martina Salisbury (New York) | Christine Sloan Stoddard (New York) | John J. Trause (New Jersey)
What is Dada?
The original Dada movement started in Zurich, New York and Paris in 1916 as a artistic reaction to World War I. Many Dadaists believed that the ‘reason’ and ‘logic’ of a bourgeois capitalist society had led people into war—and would continue to do so. They expressed their rejection of that ideology through artistic expression that appeared to reject logic and embrace chaos and irrationality. In addition to being anti-war, Dada was also anti-bourgeois and anarchist in nature. Tenants of the movement continue through today, and are paraticularly relevant in the current global political spectrum.
Three Rooms Press and Dada
The fierce New York-based independent publisher Three Rooms Press draws much of its inspiration from Dada and its legacy, including the beat movement, punk rock, pop art and the underground poetry and artscene. Three Rooms Press is particularly inspired by the life and work of Arthur Cravan.
About Arthur Cravan
Arthur Cravan was a pugilist, poet, larger-than-life character, and idol of the Dada and Surrealism movements (as well as the nephew of Oscar Wilde). In 1913, he published the original Maintenant, widely-recognized as the first “zine” ever. The current Maintenant series by Three Rooms Press was developed in homage to his original creation. During the course of a short and spectacular life, Cravan wreaked havoc on himself and three continents in an escalating frenzy of artistic mania. He arrived in New York in 1914 where he met the poet Mina Loy, then moved with her to Mexico three years later when the United States entered the war. In 1918, he set out on a sailboat from Mexico to Argentina and never arrived. His disappearance has been the source of broad speculation.