DADA is a virgin microbe
DADA is against the high cost of living
limited company for the exploitation of ideas
DADA has 391 different attitudes and colors according to the sex of the president
It changes—affirms—says the opposite at the same time—no importance—shouts—goes fishing.
Dada is the chameleon of rapid and self-interested change.
Dada is against the future. Dada is dead. Dada is absurd. Long live Dada.
Dada is not a literary school, howl.

Tristan Tzara

Dada is essential content for any art education curriculum that claims to give students access to understanding the art and culture of the last 100 years, of contemporary times, or of the future. Enough Van Gogh and Cezanne. Dada!

Dada was a profoundly nihilistic and influential artistic and literary movement. In their efforts to express the negation of all current aesthetic and social values, the Dadaists frequently used artistic and literary methods that were deliberately incomprehensible. Their theatrical performances and manifestos were often designed to shock or bewilder, with the aim of startling the public into a reconsideration of accepted aesthetic and political values.

To this end, the Dadaists used novel materials, including discarded objects found in the streets, and new methods, such as allowing chance to determine the elements of their works. The German painter and writer Kurt Schwitters was noted for his collages composed of waste paper and similar materials. French painter Marcel Duchamp exhibited as works of art ordinary commercial products—such as a store-bought bottle rack and a urinal—which he called ready-mades. Although the Dadaists employed revolutionary techniques, their revolt against standards was based on a profound belief, stemming from the romantic tradition, in the essential goodness of humanity when uncorrupted by society.

For more information on dada:

This site is living Dada:

This essay on DADA POETRY is an excellent background for a teacher planning to introduce the Headline Poetry project:

To Make a Dadaist Poem:

Take a newspaper.
Take a pair of scissors.
Choose an article as long as you are planning to make your poem.
Then cut out each of the words that make up this article and put them in a bag.
Shake it gently.
Then take out the scraps one after the other in the order in which they left the bag.
Copy conscientiously.
The poem will be like you.
And here you are a writer, infinitely original and endowed with a sensibility that is charming though beyond the understanding of the vulgar.

Tristan Tzara

Dada Women
Dada is stimulating, but tends to be far too male for the tastes of many contemporary women and men. For a respite, read this Gertrude Stein poem, Patriarchal Poetry.

For a sustained examination of the role of such women as Hannah Hoch, Juliet Roche, Suzanne Duchamp, Sophie Taeuber, and Emmy Hennings in Dada, see the book:
Women in Dada: Essays in Sex, Gender, and Identity,
edited by Naomi Sawelson-Gorse, MIT Press, 2001.