[spectre] CONF: Dada Techniques in East-Central Europe (Budapest, 13-15 Oct 16)

Andreas Broeckmann ab at mikro.in-berlin.de
Thu Sep 29 22:42:47 CEST 2016

From: Merse Pál Szeredi <szeredimp at pim.hu>
Date: Sep 29, 2016
Subject: CONF: Dada Techniques in East-Central Europe (Budapest, 13-15 
Oct 16)

Kassák Museum, Budapest, October 13 - 15, 2016
Registration deadline: Oct 10, 2016


International Conference organized by the Petőfi Literary Museum – 
Kassák Museum and the Institute for Literary Studies of the Hungarian 
Academy of Sciences

The conference of the Petőfi Literary Museum – Kassák Museum and the 
Institute for Literary Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences 
marks the centenary of the beginning of Dada in Zurich. The conference 
concentrates on Dada phenomena in East-Central Europe, especially the 
Dada techniques that appeared in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and its 
successor states. The avant-garde artists of the East-Central European 
region felt the impact of Dada at the end of the First World War, when 
established economic, political and identity strategies were going 
through crisis and rearrangement. In these years, many borders became 
blurred: between centre and periphery, between politics and 
anti-politics, and among genders, artists’ roles and forms of artistic 
A distinctive attitude of Dada was the crossing of borders, and this had 
a uniquely emancipating role: by suspending traditional social norms, it 
opened the way to artistic self-realization without borders. Dada 
dispensed with the questions of origin, religious background, women’s 
role stereotypes or even formal artistic training. It removed the moral 
barriers to asking previously inconceivable and provocative questions 
concerning artistic creation and reception, institutions, society and 
public taste in general. Dada was a symptom of the decomposition of the 
old world. Its radical language had an impact even on artists who never 
called themselves ‘Dadaists’.
What did avant-garde artists use Dada for in East-Central Europe during 
the 1910s and 1920s? Certainly to commit systematic border incursions. 
The borders were those between languages, majority and minority 
identities, politics and anti-politics. The sections of the conference 
discuss these artistic border incursions.



Introductory remarks
Gábor Dobó and Merse Pál Szeredi (Kassák Museum, Budapest)

17.10-18.00 Keynotes

Krisztina Passuth (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
Networks of Avant-Garde Movements Yesterday and Today
(In French with English summary)

András Kappanyos (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest)
Hungarian Dada – The missing link (via Skype)

18.00-19.00 Panel 1: Aspects of Dada
6’ position papers by the avant-garde research group of the Kassák Museum

Gábor Dobó (Kassák Museum – Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
Writing Dada – Correspondence between Tristan Tzara and Lajos Kassák

Magdolna Gucsa (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
Learning by wandering – Crossing borders as a way of life of Emil 
Szittya in the 1910s

Boglárka Kőrösi (Moholy-Nagy University, Budapest)
Merz – Container of trash, Dada and design

Krisztina Zsófia Csaba (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
The appearance of Dada in the Book of new artists edited by Lajos Kassák 
and László Moholy-Nagy, 1922

Judit Galácz (Gizi Bajor Actors' Museum – Eötvös Loránd University, 
Green Donkey Theatre – An experiment for making a new theatrical 
language in Hungary with the adaptation of Dada

Merse Pál Szeredi (Kassák Museum – Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
The New Adam (according to Sándor Bortnyik)

Sára Bagdi (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
The first chapter of Dada in Hungary: Iván Hevesy’s writings on Dada 
(via Skype)

Irina Denischenko (Columbia University, New York)
Much ado about nothing – Da,da and the Russian naysayers (via Skype)


10.00-10.10 Introductory remarks
Edit Sasvári (Kassák Museum, Budapest)


Günter Berghaus (University of Bristol)
The Genesis of Dada: Futurist Influences in Romania, Germany and at the 
Cabaret Voltaire

11.00-11.30 Coffee

Panel 2: Dada in national and transnational discourses

Jindřich Toman (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Dada in Prague – and beyond
     Jakub Kornhauser (Jagiellonian Univeristy, Krakow)
Dada Poems – Towards a new materiality

Carolin Binder (University of Regensburg)
Czech Avant-garde – Devětsil and the influence of Dada

Piotr Juszkiewicz (Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna?)
Philosophy of buffoonery – Dadaist impulses in Polish art of the first 
half of the 20th century

13.30-15.00 Lunch

15.00-17.00 Panel 3: The identity of the Dada artist

Olga Zaslavskaya (Central European University, Budapest)
Transbordeur Dada: Serge Charchoune’s ‘volatile leaflets’ and 
transnational communities in Europe between the World Wars

Jasna Jovanov (The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection, Novi Sad –
EDUCONS University, Sremska Kamenica)
Dada art critic Dragan Aleksić

Alexandru Bar (University of Leeds)
The double identity of Tristan Tzara and Marcel Janco – The archives of 
an identity issue

Adrian Sudhalter (Independent researcher)
‘Trouble with his passport’ – Tristan Tzara, legal restrictions, and 
Dada principles

17.00-17.30 Coffee

Guided tours in the permanent and temporary exhibitions of the Kassák 
Museum by Edit Sasvári, Gábor Dobó and Merse Pál Szeredi

Performance by Spiritus Noister
Katalin Ladik, Endre Szkárosi, Zsolt Sőrés



Hubert van den Berg (Palácky University, Olomouc)
Problems of East-Central European Dada

11.00-12.30 Panel 4: The Dada Dandy

Luca Guido (IUAV-University, Iuav di Venezia)
Adolf Loos – dandy, Dada, dancer

Dan Gulea (Colegiul Naţional Mihai Viteazul Ploieşti)
Dada, a monocle Wor(l)d

Györgyi Földes (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest)
Cyborg, Android, Dandy, and Women in Decadent and Dada imagination

12.30-13.00 Coffee

13.00-14.00 Panel 5: Dada Journals

Livia Plehwe (Sorbonne University, Paris – European University Viadrina, 
Frankfurt an der Oder) The avant-garde magazine G-Material zur 
elementaren Gestaltung (1923-1926) – Crossing borders in Central and 
East Europe

Imre József Balázs (Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj)
Words, sounds, images, theories: the authors of the magazine IS in the 
context of Dadaism

14.00-15.00 Lunch

15.00-16.30 Panel 6: The dissemination of Dada

Károly Kókai (University of Vienna)
Dada as an avant-garde movement and as invective

Ana Simona Zelenović (University of Belgrade)
Zenitism and Dada

György Kálmán C. (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest)
Continuation, resemblance or structural affinity? ‘Dada’ in the 1970s in 

16.30-17.00 Coffee

17.00-18.00 Panel 7: East-Central European Dada?
(In French with English summaries)

Nicole Manucu (Independent researcher)
Luca Dada – The Romanian case

Jenő Farkas (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
The last dadaist action of Tristan Tzara

Closing Remarks

ABSTRACTS Abstracts are available at the website of the conference: 

Due to the limited seating capacity of the conference venue in the 
Kassák Museum we would like to ask everyone who is interested in 
participating to register by 10 October 2016 at kassakmuzeum at pim.hu. 
When you register, please state which days of the conference you would 
like to attend.

Kassák Museum (1033 Budapest, Fő tér 1, Zichy castle, Hungary)

The conference continues the project initiated by the Kassák Museum for 
regional discourse on the avant-gardes. Our first conference, entitled 
'Local Contexts / International Networks – Avant-Garde Magazines in 
Central Europe', was organized in September 2015 [see: 
http://www.kassakmuzeum.hu/index.php?p=avant-garde_magazine]. The 
conference is accompanied by the temporary exhibition of the Kassák 
Museum on the avant-garde strategies of Lajos Kassák's 'Ma' [Today] 
between 1916 and 1919 entitled 'Imagining a Movement' [see: 
http://kassakmuzeum.hu/en/index.php?p=kiallitas&id=204]. The conference 
is supported by the First World War Centenary Memorial Committee.

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CONF: Dada Techniques in East-Central Europe (Budapest, 13-15 Oct 16). 
In: H-ArtHist, Sep 29, 2016. <http://arthist.net/archive/13825>.


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