The art movement known as “Dada” began in response to the horrors of World War I as a artistic rejection of logic, reason, and aesthetics of capitalist society. The movement has continued since 1915 in various disguises—Beat, Pop, Punk—and it continues today, as evidenced in Three Rooms Press’ ongoing MAINTENANT contemporary dada journal series.
A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art
edited by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges
“Though people expect Dada to be silly, and sometimes it is here, it is also often political and usually poignant…” —Seattle Book Review
Dada was born as an artistic protest. An unfettered reclamation of the trenches flowing blood. Along came influenza which couldn’t choose sides. And now‚ here we sit in isolation—100 years later—still creating. Revolutionaries facing a new form of plague accompanied by demagogic projections.
Today’s war is for the survival of the planet. In Maintenant 14: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, the weapon of choice is Dada. Today, everyone in the world is affected by the growing impact of climate change, pollution, plastics, and lack of sustainability. The 2020 edition of the premiere journal of contemporary dada writing and art confronts the situation with a bold and rebellious collection of work that shows the absurdity of continuing the practices that have taken earth to the precipice of extinction. Using the theme “UN-SUSTAIN-A-BULL-SH*T” Maintenant 14 creators turn poetry and art into weapons that expose, confront, and lambast policies that have taken the planet to tipping points in the climate system, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse. The premiere journal gathering the work of internationally-renowned contemporary Dada artists and writers, Maintenant 14 offers compelling proof that Dada continue to serve as a catalyst to creators more than a century later.
Each page in this journal is a physical conviction. Each spread relates an intimate correspondence. The entire volume is a familial tree of leaves and shapes and buds of thoughts to be.
Our theme might be UN-SUSTAIN-A-BULL-SH*T, but here as one soul, the moment is sustainable.
The annual MAINTENANT series, established in 2008, gathers work of contemporary Dada artists and writers from around the world. The new issue features cover art by neo-pop artist/provocateur Walter Robinson.
MAINTENANT 14: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, edited by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges; ART: Folk & Outsider Art ; ISBN 978-1-941110-91-1 trade paper; 272 pages; $25.00 Publication date: Tuesday, June 29, 2020
Complete list of contributors to Maintenant 14 (in alphabetical order):
Derek Adams, Henrik Aeshna, Ben Aguilar, Mariam Ahmed, Jamika Ajalon, Youssef Alaoui, Linda J. Albertano, Austin Alexis, Joel Allegretti, Sangeetha Alwar, Hala Alyan, Santiago Amaya, Lisa Andreini, Faithfull Baana Enono Arnuad, Wayne Atherton, Liz Axelrod, Mahnaz Badihian, Suzanne Bailie, Amy Barone, Vittore Baroni, Richard Barr, Amy Bassin, Donald Battershall, Brent Bechtel, Regina Bellamy, Martine Bellen, C. Mehrl Bennett, Todd Billeci, Volodymyr Bilyk, Sergey Biryukov, Mark Blickley, Mark Bloch, John Bowman, Jeff Boynton, Gedley Braga, Bob Branaman, philipkevinbrehse , Kathy Bruce, Michael L. Bruner, Imanol Buisan, Fork Burke, Oliver Cable, Irene Caesar, Billy Cancel, Peter Carlaftes, Virginia Carroll, Cooper Casale, Mona Jean Cedar, Robert Cenedella, Mutes César, Alexander Chernavskiy, Lynette Clennell, Andrei Codrescu, Terese Coe, Giuseppe Colarusso, Chuck Connelly, Roger Conover, Anthony Cox, Lars Crosby, Malik Crumpler, Rafael Cruz, Tchello d’Barros, Steve Dalachinsky, Allison Davis, Holly Day, Laurent de Mézerac, Như Quỳnh de Prelle, Bart Dewolf, Bruce Dodson, Sam Dodson, Gabriel Don, Carol Dorf, Lala Drona, Eric Drooker, Robert Duncan, John Dutterer, Semeli Economou, Nicole Eisenman, Ruby Ellam, Alice Espinosa-Cincotta, Jeff Farr, Becky Fawcett, Federico Federici, Rich Ferguson, Cheryl J. Fish, Giovanni Fontana, Robert Ford, Thomas Fucaloro, Ignacio Galilea, Rosalie Gancie, Sandra Gea, Kat Georges, Christian Georgescu, Robert Gibbons, Gordon Gilbert, Jon Andoni Goikoetea, Benjamin Goluboff, S. A. Griffin, Fausto Grossi, Meghan Grupposo, Egon Guenther, Elancharan Gunasekaran, Janet Hamill, Al Hansen, Bibbe Hansen, Alamgir Hashmi, Heide Hatry, Aimee Herman, Karen Hildebrand, Jack Hirschman, Mark Hoefer, Bob Holman, Lawrence Holzworth, Joël Hubaut, Matthew Hupert, Alfonso Iandiorio, Tracey Jackson, Marta Janik, Mathias Jansson, Lisa Marie Jarlborn, Boni Joi, Milana Juventa, Dobrica Kamperelic, David Katz, Allan Kausch, Paul Kavanaugh, Marina Kazakova, Craig Kite, J. I. Kleinberg, Antonia Alexandra Klimenko, Doug Knott, Ron Kolm, Mark Kostabi, Ksenija Kovačević, Paweł Kuczyński, Anatoly Kudryavitsky, Béné Kusendila, David Lawton, Pascale Le Bihan, Ronna Lebo, Jane LeCroy, Josh Lefkowitz, Ray Legans, Laura Lehew, Patricia Leonard, Linda Lerner, Alexander Limarev, David R. Lincoln, Jon Longhi, Richard Loranger, Giovanni Magiante, Sara Maino, Gerard Malanga, Sophie Malleret, Bibiana Padilla Maltos, Fred Marchant, Eliette Markhbein, Malak Mattar, Bronwyn Mauldin, John Mazzei, Jesse McCloskey, Joan Mcnerney, R. S. Mengert, Emoczo Mijashi, Iulia Militaru, Ashley Miller, Paul “Poez” Mills, Lois Kagan Mingus, Charles Mingus III, Siavash Minoukadeh, Richard Modiano, Mike M. Mollett, Thurston Moore, J. D. Nelson, Gerald Nicosia, Harry E. Northup, Anna O’Meara, Valery Oisteanu, Ruth Oisteanu, Suzi Kaplan Olmsted, Marc Olmsted, Jane Ormerod, Thomas Osatchoff, Yuko Otomo, Csaba Pál, Lisa Panepinto, Pamela Papino-Wood, Gay Pasley, Kurt Patterson, John S. Paul, Puma Perl, Rebecca Peters, Raymond Pettibon, Charles Plymell, Anaïs Pourrouquet, Lauren Purje, Michael Puzzo, Renaat Ramon, Kathleen Reichelt, C. R. Resetarits, Mado Reznik, Travis Richardson, Wes Rickert, Bruce Robinson, Benjamin Robinson, Radoslav Rochallyi, Aliah Rosenthal, Bradley Rubenstein, Martina Salisbury, Aram Saroyan, Ronald Sauer, Phil Scalia, William Seaton, Silvio Severino, Craig Shannon, Susan Shup, Bertholdus Sibum, Elly Simmons, Zoltan Simon, Valerie Sofranko, Paul Sohar, Orchid Spangiafora, Dd. Spungin, J. J. Steinfeld, Christine Sloan Stoddard, Thomas Stolmar, Richard Stone, W. K. Stratton, Lucien Suel, Anita Sullivan, Neal Skooter Taylor, Michael Thompson, Fred Tomaselli, John J. Trause, Mark Tucker, Ann Firestone Ungar, Yrik Max Valentonis, Anoek Van Praag, Duška Vrhovac, Lynnea Villanova, Voxx Voltair, Barbara Vos, Silvia Wagensberg, George Wallace, Scott Wannberg, Mike Watt, Jennifer Weigel, Ingrid Wendt, Syporca Whandal, Akim A.J. Willems, A. D. Winans, Francine Witte, Charles Yuen, Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis, Andrena Zawinski, Larry Zdeb, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Nina Zivancevic, Joanie HF Zosike.