By Elizabeth Benjamin
new serious methods to Dada as essential a part of the
Avant-Garde, Dada and Existentialism: the Authenticity of Ambiguity reassesses
the move as a sort of (proto-) Existentialist philosophy. Dada is
often brushed off as an anti-art circulate with a in basic terms harmful theoretical
impetus. French Existentialism is frequently condemned for its perceived quietist
implications. even if, nearer research finds a preoccupation with philosophy
in the previous and with artwork within the latter. in addition, neither was once nonsensical or
meaningless; either show a wealthy individualist ethics geared toward the amelioration
of the person and society.
The first significant comparative learn of Dada and
Existentialism, this article contributes new views on Dada as movement,
historical legacy, and box of research. Analysing Dada works through
Existentialist literature around the issues of selection, alienation,
responsibility, freedom and fact, the textual content posits that Dada and Existentialism
both suggest the construction of a self that goals for authenticity through
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