It was interesting to me, during our discussion of Dadaism, to  think of other art that was burgeoning at the time, particularly surrealism. Dada was a movement very much inspired by the time and political climate, not unlike surrealism. It got me thinking, what exactly is the difference between the works and the movements? Firstly, Dada was an “anti-art” movement. it was anti-aesthetic, anti-rational and anti-idealistic. The point of Dada was to invert everything  everyone thought they knew about art, or to create a new category altogether. After the war, many Dadaists began to work in surrealism. However the main aim of surrealism was quite different. Where Dada made a conscious effort to be subversive and different, surrealism dealt more with the unconscious realms of the human brain often using freud as a reference. Therefore, some cues to identify a Dadaist work form a Surrealist one: Chance, absurdity, humor, and “anti-art,” = Dada. Freud, Dreams, the Unconscious = Surrealism


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  1. sonyajendoubi says:

    I found it really interesting that you pointed out the ambiguity between the works within a movement and the movement itself. I find myself thinking that the works are the movement and that the movement comes as a response to the works themselves. These labels we assign them are in hindsight, once all the works have been completed and fit neatly into a box. To me, there is no discernible difference because they become one in the same. The works of art create the movement, and without the movement the art would be lost amongst a vast field of works. So perhaps the question is, how does the name of a movement positively or negatively impact the interpretation of the work?

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