- Monday, March 20th, 2017 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
2016 was the 100th anniversary of the founding of Cabaret Voltaire and DaDa. A burst of an idea in 1916, the art movement known as DaDa gave birth to a new 20th Century creativity. It spread through and beyond the arts and reverberated in cities across Europe, the Americas and beyond. DaDa was arguably the first instance of artists from a wide range of disciplines coming together to create art that was wildly imaginative, unapologetically experimental, and noisily provocative. The urgency of DaDa, emerging at the intersection of technological transformation and the violence and destruction of World War I, rendered the process of art making essential to this time of radical change.
Lynn Book, Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Wake Forest University, will focus on parallels between then and now, proposing the art movement’s irrepressible potential remains alive with challenge written into its DaDa DNA. She will also discuss “DADA! 100 Years of Edge Innovation”, the university-wide, campus and community event that took place throughout ZSR Library last November, highlighting the creative research and engagement that brought together a host of experimentalists from Wake Forest and area partners.