Good Morning Nihilists,
“I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.”
Duchamp was one of the leaders of the Dadaism movement (mostly European) that lashed out over the atrocities of World War I. According to its proponents, Dada was not art, it was anti-art. Anti-art? Everything that art stands for, Dada represented the opposite. Of course one must ask what DOES art stand for? You’ll have to discover that for yourselves. Where art is typically concerned with design and aesthetics, Dada ignored them. If art was to have at least an implied message, Dada strived to have zero meaning. Where art can appeal to our sensibilities, Dada offends. Perhaps it’s a bit ironic that the Dada movement was indeed influential to Modern art as it became commentary unto itself.
These artists many of which were veterans of WWI grew completely disillusioned and cynical after seeing what men are capable of on the battlefield. Does this sound like anyone we know? This movement no doubt produced the first serious shared nihilistic view of the world.
“Nihilists! Fuck me. I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.”
Simply put, the basis of Dada was “bullshit.”
The management would like to express our deepest gratitude to the WWI veterans (any left?) for valor beyond all comprehension. While impossible to truly empathize with the unspeakable horrors witnessed, but to contradict one to avoid one’s preferred taste seems extreme to me. That said though, and after thinking about this, I now believe this sort of thing happens all the time!
Taken from the Dada Manifesto written by Hugo Ball a German Poet says, “Dada is a new tendency in art. One can tell this from the fact that until now nobody knew anything about it, and tomorrow everyone in Zurich will be talking about it. Dada comes from the dictionary. It is terribly simple. In French it means “hobby horse”. In German it means “good-bye”, “Get off my back”, “Be seeing you sometime”. In Romanian: “Yes, indeed, you are right, that’s it. But of course, yes, definitely, right”. And so forth…” I can hear the two or three of you still reading this cathect from here! “Zuki what the hell does this have to do with anything…? I’m hip.
In a rare visit to Blondie’s Firehouse Grill I became engaged in what I ultimately considered a stupid if not futile conversation. It happens so often it’s almost become the new normal! Blondie’s is unique in that it’s located only a few feet from the Littlewood Light Rail platform. Consequently we get visitors from all walks of life and ethnic origins mixed with the regular patrons on their way to or from somewhere. It’s easy to identify them as most are wearing backpacks or other gear. To emphasize this bizzarro world, last Sunday a homely looking woman came in and stood next to me and ordered a soda water to go. She was told they didn’t have bottles of soda water but offered to fill her water bottle free of charge. She left momentarily then returned to her spot next to me. I became agitated at this point. This troll now wanted our lovely bartender to put ice in her ‘comped’ soda bottle. The cubed ice wouldn’t fit so our well intentioned bartender gave the woman a glass filled with ice! Shit. After a minute or two of trying to cram and force the cubes in, she stood there and bit each cube in half then spit them into the bottle piece by piece! My head exploded! But this is one example of the dozens of stupefying incidents witnessed from ‘Curmudgeon Corner’ every week!
This too is ‘bullshit!’
The Dada movement lasted approximately ten years. I suspect the wounds healed and over time the War’s heinous images began to fade as life returned to normal. Don’t be sad though, the Dada movement is alive and well here at Blondie’s where ‘bullshit’ is found in abundance.