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Dada-Manifeste, durch eine Spieldose gedreht

2 short movements based Dada Manifesto by Hugo Ball from 1916.
The manifesto, the text, on an A4-page, is cut into one long strip to fit a music box and then spliced with tape.
Two versions are made: the first copy of the manifesto is cut horizontally into a strip of paper, and the second copy is cut vertically, so the manifesto is basically scanned from top to bottom (Track: Dada Manifesto Vertically) and from left to right (Track: Dada Manifesto Horizontally). The letters D and A in the text are then punctuated, so the absence of D and A (..DADA), is what you hear being played.

The Dada Manifesto encourages poets to stop writing with words, but rather write the word itself, and Ball states that:
“I shall be reading poems that are meant to dispense with conventional language, no less, and to have done with it”
In this way Dada Manifesto Vertically/Dada Manifesto Horizontally acts in accordance with Ball’s manifesto, using the word construct as the direct source.

(via Christian Bok)