Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dada and chance

Untitled (Collage with Squares Arranged according to the Laws of Chance)

Dada was a cultural movement during the early 20th century and was started in Zurich, Switzerland in response to WWI. The movement challenged the way art was fashioned and challenged these notions of what art is by creating non-traditional and experimental ways of artistic creation. Dada artists were known to use chance for their works of art and this shows an example of a piece done by John (Hans) Arp, with the title of the piece beside the work, which he tore rectangular pieces of paper onto a sheet and let them fall onto the gray paper, then pasting them to where they fell. The idea of using chance in art work gets rid of the process control and order over the artist. This idea correlates to the response in how colonialism and the social class that controls the economy and political world, as root causes of WWI.

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