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¡DADA! NYC 2021 Festival with 3RP and NYPL, Session 2 @ Tompkins Square Branch of New York Public Library
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm
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Three Rooms Press and New York Public Library present ¡DADA! NYC 2021 Festival: A 2-part festival of LIVE dada performance by contemporary dada artists from around the New York region. Hosts: 3RP co-directors Peter Carlaftes & Kat Georges

Session 2: East Coast DADA Superstars Part II | Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 6 PM EDT | Jeff Farr, Robert C. Ford, Thomas Fucaloro, Joanna Fuhrman, Bibbe Hansen, Heide Hatry, Ron Kolm, Eleni Kourti, David Lawton, Jane LeCroy, Eliette Markhbein, Charles Mingus III, Lois Kagan Mingus, Jane Ormerod, Yuko Otomo, Martina Salisbury, Christine Sloan Stoddard, John J. Trause, Thomas Walker

LOCATION: Virtual event only!! Advance registration required. Please register here:

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This festival will highlight the art and writing of contributors to MAINTENANT 15: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, published annually by Three Rooms Press since 2008. Events will include performance, art, and poetry, inspired by the theme of this year’s journal “HUMANITY: THE REBOOT” Prepare for the provocative, eclectic, and unpredictable collage of performances by more than 40 artists at two live events at the Tompkins Square Branch of New York Public Library (331 E. 10th Street (btwn Ave A & Ave B)). Admission to both events is free. MAINTENANT 15 will be available for purchase during both events.

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.

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 art scene. 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.