By Maria Stavrinaki
Dada is usually celebrated for its ideas of outrage and competition, yet in Dada Presentism, Maria Stavrinaki offers a brand new photo of Dada paintings and writings as a lucid mirrored image on heritage and the function of artwork inside of it. the unique (Berlin-based) Dadaists' acute old awareness and their smooth adventure of time, she contends, expected the formulations of significant historians akin to Reinhart Koselleck and, extra lately, François Hartog. The booklet explores Dada temporalities and ideas of background in artworks, inventive discourse, and within the photos of the Berlin Dada circulation. those photographs—including the well-known one of many First overseas Dada Fair—are provided now not as easy, obvious files, yet as formal deployments conforming to a really concrete conception of historical past. This process permits Stavrinaki to hyperlink Dada to extra modern creative activities and practices drawn to background and the archive. even as, she investigates what appears a true oxymoron of the flow: its simultaneous declare to the ephemeral and its compulsive writing of its personal background. during this method, Dada Presentism additionally interrogates the boundaries among heritage and fiction.
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