Maintenant Dada Journal Through the Years: Highlights
by Kat Georges
Many years ago, while working on a book by Corsican poet Patrizia Gattaceca, Three Rooms Press co-founder Peter Carlaftes and I came across this graffiti in the unlikeliest of places: the tourist resort town of Cavi. “Tout est Dada.” “Everything is Dada.” We couldn’t agree more.
As editors of the internationally-acclaimed annual Dada journal MAINTENANT, we see Dada around every corner, in every form of social media, in every political system, and every news headline. Dada may have started as an art movement in 1916, but it has extended, expanded, and exposed itself in the many decades since then, rising up in the beat movement, Fluxus, punk, hip-hop and beyond.
The MAINTENANT series has grown exponentially from its initial 16-page hand-stapled format. But we’ve kept our submission policy the same: We accept dada art and writing from anywhere around the world, related in some aspect to a broad theme. We’re currently accepting submissions for MAINTENANT 17 through March 15 (publication will be in July). Details and submission form here: https://threeroomspress.submittable.com/submit
For fun we asked our interns and staff, including Ashlyn Petro, Emily Smith, Arden Paterson, and Avery Grove, to identify some of their favorite pieces published in the series. Check out the work they selected below, and get your own set of fantastic dada journals here: https://threeroomspress.com/product-category/dada/