dadabloge is thirty-day blog soliciting, collecting and showcasing dada work on the internet for the entire month of June 2018. The blog is inspired by Tristan Tzaras ambitious anthology project Dadaglobe, which was fated to be published at the peak of Dada in 1921 but was unfortunately abandoned at the time. While the history of Dadaglobe is fascinating, published along with most of the original material by MoMA in 2016, dadabloge is a vehicle for exploring how artists today interpret dada in not only translating but transforming similar ideas to see what they might yield in todays time.

Unlike the mail art exhibitions during Fluxus, as well as the circulation of work in Dada, dadabloge is born after the internet facilitated dispersion of geographical borders. While it seems like we are all a click away from each other, there is a perceptible distance (perhaps greater than before) in artistspractices. In its complicated relationship with capitalist structures of operation, contemporary art seems to have resisted collectivism of the kind that made movements like Dada and Fluxus possible Hence, one of the first humble purposes of dadabloge might be a bringing together of artists/creators with similar ideas without any omissions. dadabloge is in this way, auto-curated by its willing participants; it is a collective and not a clique.

The letter of solicitation for dadabloge payed homage to Tzaras original letter in its design and  included submissions in the categories of original writing, photo documentation of art works, and links to video or sound work. A peculiar call in Tzaras letter for “a clear photo of your head (not body), which you can alter freely, although it should retain clarity” has been retained, to continue explorations in self-representation that was perhaps one of the most fruitful discourses started by Dadaglobe and Dada at large. The structure (or lack thereof) of the blog also remains true to Tristan Tzara’s original design to remove ‘the editor’ and any other categorical distinctions between the works. Encouraging free association as a form of reading, the blog invites you to interpret the sequence of its contents.

Accompanying dadabloge will be dadamobile - a month-long series of guerrilla performances at Farmers Markets in Boston and Somerville, Massachusetts. Kicking off the first week, the Day de Dada Art Nurses, Mary Campbell, Viv Vassar and Barbara Lubliner, performing a set of scores along with free “Art Health” check-ups for the public (not exclusively an art audience) will tie together techniques from the historic fluxus and dada movements and bring the project into real (and fun) encounters with the ‘praxisof everyday life. The subsequent two weeks will feature dada actions both - new and not so new, international and local, performed by guests and Mobius artists.  The fourth and final week of dadamobile will see a collaboration between sculptor (and Cabaret Voltaire enthusiast) Edward Monovich and choreographer Nathan Andary entitled “Dadabex: consequences of overconsumption and other modern tragedies” using masks of the alpine ibex created by Monovich and scores created by Andary, performed by Monovich, Andary and collaborators Kat Minnehan and Thomas Mackie.

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Notes by Anisha Baid