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  • n. A cultural movement that began in neutral Zürich, Switzerland, during World War I and peaked from 1916 to 1920, which involved visual arts, literature (poetry, art manifestos, art theory), theatre, and graphic design, which concentrated its anti-war politic through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti-art cultural works.

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  • n. a nihilistic art movement (especially in painting) that flourished in Europe early in the 20th century; based on irrationality and negation of the accepted laws of beauty

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Examples

  • The conceptual photographer is greatly influenced by surrealism, dadaism as well as the new wave era of the '80s, British post punk scene and the avant-garde theater of Robert Wilson.

    Evelyne Politanoff: Who is Madame Peripetie?

  • Tyler has chimed in on tenure with a bizarre dadaism and a serious challenge:

    Two Cowenian Tenure Claims, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • I think that this belief, that calm and calculated technique is an enemy of passion, is one of the few influences that the movements of dadaism and surrealism still have.

    Short Hiatus

  • Tyler has chimed in on tenure with a bizarre dadaism and a serious challenge: Bizarre Dadaism: To put it bluntly, the tenure system works because for many people their "output" doesn't matter in the first place; tenure is however wonderful ...

    EconLog: March 2007 Archives

  • Stoppard's unique genius is to humanize ideas - logical positivism in "Jumpers," dadaism in "Travesties" -- to show how they are part of our flesh and bone, our passion and pathos.

    Mind Over Matter

  • They will seem like experiments in campaign dadaism.

    Bill Katovsky: McCain Tries to Fight Back the Obama Surge as the Cracker Jack Candidate

  • The Pistadex starts to seem less like an exercise in the economics of dadaism when you look at the rest of the marketplace.

    Worst of NYC Craigslist SPECIAL EDITION: Pista Price Is Right!

  • I'm finding the Grant Morrison Doom Patrol run, which is still amazing for its ability to straddle the line between dadaism and sheer terror, and I'm finding the unreprinted late-run Zot! issues, where it suddenly transformed from "a superhero comic" into "a series of character studies on teenagers I feel I know."

    Ferrett's Long Box Haul

  • It took me an hour to go thru it and by the time I had come to the Cologne room the exhibition was arranged by the major metropolitan centers of dadaism, I was already overwhelmed by all I was trying to absorb and started skipping the artworks and yet there was still New York and Paris to visit.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • Hey, if you include Duchamp, you may as well include all of dadaism and surrealism, and by virtue of pictorial resemblance, Hieronymus Bosch.

    The essential paradigm of cyberspace

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