(To quote Dona Budd’s The Language of Art Knowledge)
‘Dada was born out of negative reaction to the horrors of the First World War. This international movement was begun by a group of artists and poets associated with the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. Dada rejected reason and logic, prizing nonsense, irrationality and intuition. The origin of the name Dada is unclear; some believe that it is a nonsensical word. Others maintain that it originates from the Romanian artists Tristan Tzara’s and Marcel Janco’s frequent use of the words “da, da,” meaning “yes, yes” in the Romanian language. Another theory says that the name “Dada” came during a meeting of the group when a paper knife stuck into a French-German dictionary happened to point to ‘dada’, a French word for ‘hobbyhorse’.’
C’est mon Dada:
A collection of small handmade artists’ books dedicated to experimental, concrete and visual poetry, or any work combining text and image in the spirit of Dada or fluxus.
The collection is published by Red Fox Press in Dugort, Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland. Each issue comes in A6 format with 40 pages.
(more information on each book can be found on the Library catalogue).