Martin Creed defines dadaism

Vic Reeves: “You got anything that’s Dadaesque in here?”

Martin Creed: “Er, I don’t, well, I don’t know about, I don’t know, maybe a lot of it is because I think it’s sort of a bit stupid.”

Vic Reeves: “Yeah.”

Martin Creed: “You know? I think that’s what Dada is. Aye, like being stupid.”

Vic Reeves: “But there’s political meaning and then you’ve got to balance that with the daftness or the stupidness.”

Martin Creed: “Right, aye.”

Vic Reeves: “Cos I’d probably fall on the daft side.”

Martin Creed: “I would go…I think I would definitely fall on the stupid side.”

Vic Reeves: “You’d be even further, right the other end!”

Martin Creed: “Yeah. Cos I think it’s like more, you know, it’s more like life, cos life’s stupid.”

Gaga for Dada: The Original Art Rebels (2016) 

Wisdom(?) from the 1918 Dadaist manifesto by Tristan Tzara

The 1st and 2nd DADA Art Manifestos are online over there.

  • “Psychoanalysis is a dangerous disease, it deadens man’s anti-real inclinations and systematises the bourgeoisie.”
  • “Dialectics is an amusing machine that leads us (in banal fashion) to the opinions which we would have held in any case.”
  • “People observe, they look at things from one or several points of view, they choose them from amongst the millions that exist. Experience too is the result of chance and of individual abilities.”
  • “Logic is a complication. Logic is always false. It draws the superficial threads of concepts and words towards illusory conclusions and centres.”
  • “What we need are strong straightforward, precise works which will be forever misunderstood.”