Were it appropriate to define Dada, one might describe it as diametrically opposed to conceptions of purity, or any other structures seemingly pertaining to virtue or morality. If one shifts the connotation of purity to its alternate context, however — purity in the sense of sterility, as the product of some aggressive corrosion — it then appears fitting to Dada’s stated purposes, or lack thereof.

In the 13th issue of the Dadaist magazine Littérature, published in May of 1920 and entitled “The Twenty-Three Manifestos of the Dada Movement,” Dada’s obsessive preoccupation with graphic physical and sexual violence becomes evident. Particularly…


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