Nonsense and Experimentation: Dada Film Shorts

Ellen Philips Katz and Howard C. Katz Gallery

nonsenseFilm still from Anemic Cinema, directed by Rrose Sélavy (Marcel Duchamp), 1926, France. © 2007 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

Dada was born out of World War I — its rejection of reason and logic a deliberate reaction against authority. Dada films embraced nonsense, irrationality, and spontaneity while experimenting with time and movement. A diverse selection of films by artists such as Viking Eggeling, Man Ray, Hans Richter, and Marcel Duchamp ranges from formal experiments to rejections of reason and narrative.

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