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 1: East Coast DADA Superstars Part I | Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 6 PM EDT | Mary Blickley + Amy Bassin, Billy Cancel, Robert Gibbons, Meghan Grupposo, John S. Hall, Karen Hildebrand, Jerry Johnson, Matthew Hupert, Linda Lerner, Ruth Oisteanu, Valery Oisteanu, Puma Perl, Nicca Ray, Bruce Robinson, Angie Sloan, Zev Torres, Ann Firestone Unger, George Wallace, Joanie HF Zosike
LOCATION: Tompkins Square Branch of New York Public Library (331 E. 10th Street (btwn Ave A & Ave B)).
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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.