Marcel Duchamp, Box in a Valise (Boîte-en-Valise), 1935-41, 1963-65 (contents); Series F, 1966 edition

Red leather valise containing various media on various supports: collotype, relief halftone, screenprint, offset lithograph, photograph with surface coating, printed color and hand coloring on paper, cardboard, clear acetate, vinyl, glass, and ceramic
Valise (closed): 16 ¼ x 15 1/8 x 3 ¾ inches (41.3 x 38.4 x 9.5 cm)

© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp

Philadelphia Museum of Art.

How to Make a Dadaist Poem (method of Tristan Tzara)

To make a Dadaist poem:

  • Take a newspaper.
  • Take a pair of scissors.
  • Choose an article as long as you are planning to make your poem.
  • Cut out the article.
  • Then cut out each of the words that make up this article and put them in a bag.
  • Shake it gently.
  • Then take out the scraps one after the other in the order in which they left the bag.
  • Copy conscientiously.
  • The poem will be like you.
  • And here are you a writer, infinitely original and endowed with a sensibility that is charming though beyond the understanding of the vulgar.

–Tristan Tzara


By the way, occasionally I try my hand at drawing a bird while making these faces. Those have a long way to go, but hey, I’m not easily embarrassed, so I commandeered an old blog to present them: 

And since I’m really utterly shameless, I’m adding a nonsense poem to each bird picture. I know next to nothing about poetry, so I’m learning that from scratch, too.

The sum of my knowledge about poetry stems from the Dadaists: Anything goes.

mercy-misrule asked:

how do you feel about captain beefheart and his magic band? my dad is a massive fan, so I grew up listening to it. it was only when I was a little older when I thought, you know this is bizarre Dadaist noise, and I still really like it

ahh I’m listening rn and it’s great, love guitar slides. my dad listened to Frank Zappa and Look People so i too grew up on absurd experimental music.

knock knock [tab]

Sometimes just jamming two concepts together can produce a completely new and potentially hilarious result. Consider @autocompletejok: a twitter bot created by the enigmatic @deathmtn. It takes a Google autocomplete result and turns it into a knock-knock joke. 

Obviously, this was never the intended purpose of autocomplete, but the bot manages to actually be funny on occasion, or at least dadaists. It becomes a kind of free-association, with the occasional horrifying glimpses into what happens when you merge the searches of our collective unconsciousness with an AI that is trying to understand what we’re looking for. A bit reminiscent of deepdream, really.

it’s like somewhere along the line, homestuck proper hit that stage in every homestuck rp where shit becomes not worth taking seriously anymore

and now it’s descending into this dadaist maelstrom of utter bullshit

although, to be fair, this is the logical progression of things. i mean, problem sleuth started out as a choose-your-own-adventure detective comic, and it ended with killing an omnipotent mob boss with the power of diabetes

I can objectively see Dadaism as a sort of panic reaction to the Great War, but it’s not a very healthy or constructive reaction.

In fact, Dadaism itself represents one of the reasons I am anti-war. War creates a climate where true things cannot easily flourish, and we get Dadaist dribblings instead of, you know, art.