Hugo Ball Reciting the Sound Poem, “Karawane,” at the Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, 1916.

From Art History Vol. 2 by Marilyn Stokstad:

Ball’s performance while reciting one of his sound poems, “Karawane,” reflects the iconoclastic spirit of the Cabaret Voltaire. His legs and body encased in blue cardboard tubes, his head surmounted by a white-and-blue “witch doctor’s hat,” as he called it, and his shoulders covered with a huge, gold-painted cardboard collar that flapped when he moved his arms, he slowly and solemnly recited the poem, which consisted of nonsensical sounds. As was typical of Dada, this performance involved two both critical and playful aims. One goal was to retreat into sounds alone and thus renounce “the language devastated and made impossible by journalism.” Another end was simply to amuse his audience by introducing the healthy play of children back into what he considered overly restrained adult lives.

Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History. 3rd ed. 2. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education Inc., 2008. 1088. Print.

 

Posted on May 27 2011, with 108 Notes

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