An evening of provocative, exuberant, eclectic performance and poetry is slated to hit the stage as Three Rooms Press and Beyond Baroque present the Ninth Annual ¡LA DI DADA! Salon: a wild ride of contemporary DADA performance and poetry by leading LA-area maverick artists.
The event includes the West Coast launch of the internationally-renowned MAINTENANT 17: Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, which features more than 250 visual and literary works by artists and writers from seven continents.
The event takes place Thursday, September 7, 8 pm at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice. Admission is $10; $6 for students & seniors. Tickets available via eventbrite here. Beyond Baroque members are free. Costumes encouraged. Come as you aren’t.
The line-up features: Mahnaz Badihian, Mona Jean Cedar & Jeff Boynton (Circuitry & Poetry), Allison Davis, Rich Ferguson, Christian Georgescu, S.A. Griffin, Mark Hoefer, Bibiana Padilla Maltos, Bronwyn Mauldin, Richard Modiano, Mike M. Mollett, Harry E. Northup, Travis Richardson, Neal Skooter Taylor, Silvia Wagensberg, and Daniel Yaryan. Three Rooms Press co-founders and MAINTENANT editors Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges host.
MAINTENANT 17: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art is the latest of the ongoing annual MAINTENANT DADA journal series, established in 2008. This year’s issue features 250 contributors from 34 countries and 6 continents, offering work on the them of PEACEFIRE. When a war ends provisionally, the agreement is called a ceasefire. But when peace ends, there is only war. War and peace are co-dependent. What might be best would be a “Peacefire.” With searing cover art by renowned Georgian artist, Uta Kaxniashvili, MAINTENANT 17 elaborates on dada’s original premise as an antiwar movement.
The MAINTENANT series is archived in leading international institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art–New York, the BelVUE Museum–Brussels, and more. Contributors have included such artists Mark Kostabi, Raymond Pettibon, Fred Tomaselli, Nicole Eisenman, Jean-Jacques Lebel, and Kazunori Murakami, along with writers William S. Burroughs, Gerard Malanga, Charles Plymell, Jack Hirschman, and Jerome Rothenberg, with a strong contingent of punk musician-artist-writers including Grant Hart, Mike Watt, Exene Cervenka, Thurston Moore, and Alice Bag.