Prepare for an evening of incredibly provocative, eclectic art and performance on as Three Rooms Press presents the Sixth Annual ¡LA DI DADA! Dada Salon: a wild ride of contemporary Dada performance and poetry by leading maverick artists.
The event includes the West Coast launch of the internationally-renowned MAINTENANT 12: Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art (2018, Three Rooms Press), which features more than 190 visual and literary works by artists and writers worldwide in Full Color Throughout!!!
The event takes place Saturday, June 9, 8-11 pm at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice. Admission is $10; $6 for students & seniors. And Beyond Baroque members are free!!!
Costumes encouraged. Come as you aren’t!!!
Featured performers include Beyond Baroque director and poet Richard Modiano, Poet/Performer extraordinaire S.A. Griffin, artist Bob Branaman, famed playwright-poet Doug Knott, poet-actor Harry E. Northup, performance poet non-pareil Linda J. Albertano, renowned LA poet Michael C. Ford, LA Dada Maestros Mike M. Mollett and Neal Skooter Taylor, Fluxus artist Bibiana Padilla Maltos, poet-performer Christian Georgescu, poet-musician-playwright Jan Michael Alejandro, Circuitry & Poetry with Mona Jean Cedar & Jeff Boynton, visual artist Mark Hoefer, poet/photographer Kip Duff, and artist Silvia Wagensberg
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center is at 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, phone: 310-822-3006. For additional information and reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAINTENANT 12: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art serves up the controversial theme, “WE ARE ALL A ‘LIKE’.” With the rise in social media use―and abuse―the concept of “like” has reached whole new levels. There’s the idea of an individual’s reaction to events, people, images, etc. as a reduction to “Like” or “Dislike” without need for deeper consideration. Then there is the status factor: that something which is “Liked” by the largest number of people is of value. In fact, in the social media orbit, it is seemingly beneficial to offer strong, sharp, simplistic opinions―instead of nuanced, deeper, shaded considerations―simply because they provoke the greatest likelihood of widespread attention. How will this reduction of thought shape the future of interpersonal relations, intellectual advancement, and politics? As we teeter on the brink of nuclear war, the concepts of Dada brilliantly encompass the urgency of present times with both clarity and purposeful confusion.
The MAINTENANT series, established in 2005, gathers the work of renowned and emerging dada artists and writers from around the world. The series has been archived in leading international institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art–New York, the BelVUE Museum–Brussels, and more. Renowned contributors have included artists Mark Kostabi, Raymond Pettibon, Giovanni Fontana, Jean-Jacques Lebel, and Kazunori Murakami. Writers have included Allen Ginsberg, Gerard Malanga, Charles Plymell, Jerome Rothenberg, and more, with a strong contingent of punk musician-artist-writers including Grant Hart, Mike Watt, and Exene Cervenka.