Dadaism Disgust

Dadaism Disgust by Tristran Tzara
Dadaism Disgust by Tristran Tzara

Every product of disgust capable of becoming a negation of the family is Dada; a protest with
the fists of its whole being engaged in destructive action: Dada; knowledge of all the means
rejected up until now by the shamefaced sex of comfortable compromise and good
manners: Dada; abolition of logic, which is the dance of those impotent to create:
Dada; of every social hierarchy and equation set up for the sake of values by our
valets: Dada: every object, all objects, sentiments, obscurities, apparitions and the
precise clash of parallel lines are weapons for the fight: Dada; abolition of memory:
Dada; abolition of archaeology: Dada; abolition of prophets: Dada; abolition of the
future: Dada; absolute and unquestionable faith in every god that is the immediate
product of spontaneity: Dada; elegant and unprejudiced leap from a harmony to the other
sphere; trajectory of a word tossed like a screeching phonograph record; to respect all
individuals in their folly of the moment: whether it be serious, fearful, timid, ardent,
vigorous, determined, enthusiastic; to divest one’s church of every useless cumbersome
accessory; to spit out disagreeable or amorous ideas like a luminous waterfall, or coddle
them – with the extreme satisfaction that it doesn’t matter in the least – with the same
intensity in the thicket of core’s soul pure of insects for blood well-born, and gilded with
bodies of archangels. Freedom: Dada Dada Dada, a roaring of tense colors, and interlacing of
opposites and of all contradictions, grotesques, inconsistencies: LIFE

Tristran Tzara, “Dada Manifesto 1918”

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