By Elizabeth Benjamin

Offering
new serious ways to Dada as integral a part of the
Avant-Garde, Dada and Existentialism: the Authenticity of Ambiguity reassesses
the stream as a kind of (proto-) Existentialist philosophy. Dada is
often brushed aside as an anti-art circulate with a in basic terms harmful theoretical
impetus. French Existentialism is usually condemned for its perceived quietist
implications. despite the fact that, nearer research finds a preoccupation with philosophy
in the previous and with paintings within the latter. additionally, neither was once nonsensical or
meaningless; either demonstrate a wealthy individualist ethics geared toward the amelioration
of the person and society. 

The first significant comparative learn of Dada and
Existentialism, this article contributes new views on Dada as movement,
historical legacy, and box of analysis. Analysing Dada works through
Existentialist literature around the subject matters of selection, alienation,
responsibility, freedom and fact, the textual content posits that Dada and Existentialism
both suggest the construction of a self that goals for authenticity through
ambiguity.

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