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“Surrealism, I am your Dada.”
~ Dada on Surrealism
“Dada, I am your Surrealism.”
~ Surrealism on Dada
“Your, Dada am Surrealism I.”
~ Your on I
“ Am, Surrealism Dada I you- oh this is just nonsense! I wish I was funnier. *sniff*”
~ Me on Not being funny enough to make a Dada joke

Dada was, officially, not a movement, its artists not artists and its art not art. That sounds easy enough, doesn't it? Of course, there is a bit more to the story of Dadaism than this simplistic explanation.

Dada was a literary and artistic movement born in Europe at a time when the horror of World War I was being played out in what amounted to citizens' front yards. Due to the war, a number of artists, writers and intellectuals - notably of French and German nationality - found themselves congregating in the refuge that Zurich (in neutral Switzerland) offered. Far from merely feeling relief at their respective escapes, this bunch was pretty ticked off that modern European society would allow the war to have happened. They were so angry, in fact, that they undertook the time-honored artistic tradition of protesting.

Banding together in a loosely-knit group, these writers and artists used any public forum they could find to (metaphorically) spit on nationalism, rationalism, materialism and any other -ism which they felt had contributed to a senseless war. In other words, the Dadaists were fed up. If society is going in this direction, they said, we'll have no part of it or its traditions., wait!...especially artistic traditions. We, who are non-artists, will create non-art - since art (and everything else in the world) has no meaning, anyway.

About the only thing these non-artists all had in common were their ideals. They even had a hard time agreeing on a name for their project. "Dada" - which some say means "hobby horse" in French and others feel is just baby talk - was the catch-phrase that made the least amount of sense, so "Dada" it was.

Using an early form of Shock Art, the Dadaists thrust mild obscenities, scatological humor, visual puns and everyday objects (renamed as "art") into the public eye. Marcel Duchamp performed the most notable outrages by painting a mustache on a copy of the Mona Lisa (and scribbling an obscenity beneath) and proudly displaying his sculpture entitled Fountain (which was actually a urinal, sans plumbing, to which he added a fake signature).

The public, of course, was revulsed - which the Dadaists found wildly encouraging. Enthusiasm being contagious, the (non)movement spread from Zurich to other parts of Europe and New York City. And just as mainstream artists were giving it serious consideration, in the early 1920s, Dada (true to form) dissolved itself.

In an interesting twist, this art of protest - based on a serious underlying principle - is delightful. The nonsense factor rings true. Dada art is whimsical, colorful, wittily sarcastic and, at times, downright silly. If one wasn't aware that there was, indeed, a rationale behind Dadaism, it would be fun to speculate as to just what these gentlemen were "on" when they created these pieces.

What are the key characteristics of Dada art?

• Dada began in Zurich and became an international movement. Or non-movement, as it were. • Dada had only one rule: Never follow any known rules. • Dada was intended to provoke an emotional reaction from the viewer (typically shock or outrage). If its art failed to offend traditionalists, Dada writing - particularly Tristan Tzara's manifestoes - proved a fine, nose-thumbing Plan B. • Dada art is nonsensical to the point of whimsy. Almost all of the people who created it were ferociously serious, though. • Abstraction and Expressionism were the main influences on Dada, followed by Cubism and, to a lesser extent, Futurism. • There was no predominant medium in Dadaist art. All things from geometric tapestries to glass to plaster and wooden reliefs were fair game. It's worth noting, though, that assemblage, collage, photomontage and the use of ready made objects all gained wide acceptance due to their use in Dada art. • For something that supposedly meant nothing, Dada certainly created a lot of offshoots. In addition to spawning numerous literary journals, Dada influenced many concurrent trends in the visual arts (especially in the case of Constructivism). The best-known movement Dada was directly responsible for is Surrealism

Dadas In India

In India Dada refers to underground criminal masterminds mostly residing in Mumbai and in one exclusive case Kolkata. Dadaism means the gangfights between Dadas as in GTA: Mumbai City, the game slated for release in 2010 by Rockstar Games.

The Dada

The term Dada is most often used to refer an Indian cricket team dropout named "Gang"uly , the leader of the Gang Uly which is based at Kolkata. He is the big boss in GTA: Mumbai City . He was thrown out after having issues with his Guru on how to spell DADA. His Australian Guru wanted it to be spelt as Dhada due to some numeroligical belief. The issue raised serious protests in Kolkata as the Uly gang members who wanted to increase their loyalty level decided to side with the Dada. Later Dadalink title went to England to live a reformed life as a county cricketer but was thrown out after having a ground-rage with Internationally stepped-aside umpire Darrel Hair who was officiating that match, when he fined the Dada for tampering the ball by accidentally Vomiting in it. Dada fought against this alongside Mr.Potato of Pakistan. Judges awarded the verdict in favour of them and declared vomiting and ball tampering a fundamental right. Later he had contracts with Carl Johnson and became a character in GTA: London. Recently Dada has announced his plans not to retire from what he is doing and that he will be a member of GTA: Vatican City where he was storylined to kill the pope for condoning the use of condoms in Vatican which was the cause for the Dada to get Super AIDS when he had homo relationships with his clone. He alos had such relations with some famous Bengal politicians and J Dalmiya. A documentary and film is gonna be taken about him with George Bush playing the lead role.

Special Attacks

Reverse Blade of chaos, CJ punch, Dada Rage, Shwirling Shirt attack, Bat attack(uses this against Bruce Wayne), Willow rifle attack, Confusion attack(uses this on Bengalis to support him), Orthodox Right Arm Medium grenade throw, Nude posture attack, runout attack.

People who fell victims to the Dada

  1. Your mom
  2. You
  3. This guy
  4. That Guy
  5. God
  6. Sachin
  7. Greg Chappell
  8. Vince Mcmahon
  9. Dona
  10. Thierry Henry
  11. George Dubya Bush
  12. Sam Fisher

Dada Vomiting

Dada Using his newly learnt punch techniques from CJ on the person who said Dada's a bitch

Dada Planning to kill the Zaibatsu gang leader

Dada in Old Age

Dada throwing a grenade on the White House.(Orthodox Right Arm Medium grenade throw)

Dada in traditional cricket bat attack position

Dada winning the Underground Mastermind cup

Dada in Tense moments after he was informed of his Super AIDS disease

Dada trying to attack Sachin from behind

Dada going to beat the Hell out of a traitor homie

Dada before he was expected to announce his retirement from GTA

Dada and Mr.potato appealing together

Dada having baseball practice with CJ on how to kill with a bat

dada after seeing CJ nude

Dada having dance practice with his Guru

Dada looking for a role in SC: Double Agent

Dada avoiding a grenade thrown by the pope in the final scenes of GTA: Vatican City

Dada emulating a Christian Horner after his team unexpectadly finished in the top three. Closely resembles the shwirling shirt attack

Dada forgetting that he was left handed

A drunken Dada being taken off the field by a wallie

Dada using a reverse "Blade of Chaos"

Dada breaking his bat after getting frustrated

A former Dada gang member turning against him

Dada and his boyfriend

Some Famous Dadas

  1. Sourav Ganguly
  2. Salman Khan
  3. Kofi Annan
  4. Carl Johnson
  5. Sam Fisher
  6. Al Gore
  7. osama Bin Laden
  8. Saddam Hussein
  9. Roman Abrahimovich

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