Who Influenced Whom Can No Longer Be Detected, Eventually: A Third Dada Manifesto Manifestation

By H. Michael Sanders

Man is nothing else but what he is, essentially an accident. Woman is his essential and equal partner in this illustrious crime. Together, the two sexes of our kind are the timorous result of projected illusions. Human beings form the gasoline poured over the smoking head of the planet.
– Howard “Burnt” Nortonn

Manifesto Preface

The Dada artists of the Dada movement understood Dada not as an ideology of Dada, and the Dadaists insisted that Dada (Dadaism) was not defined. As Dadaism began to consolidate (solidly congeal), the Dadaists called on Dada to destroy this sense of order again, since Dada was just what they wanted to destroy (or what they could easily get their hands on).

The intention is to give up a language that abused the Dadaists, and that firmly believes (or wishes to believe) in the unsubstantiated opposition of the present and the past, and is perverted. Dada is impregnated with harmful and undesirable writings, depicting a sleazy milieu in sexually offensive language, which is displayed in trashy and dirty fonts that are only sold privately by mail.

 

Manifesto Manifestation – Part 1

Dadaism seemed (finally) in the 1920s to die a natural death of
disinterest and was left embedded in the drying concrete.

But Dada and Dadaism, despite the destruction of stereotypes and
ugly hats, created a niche in which they survive to this very day.

Dadaism turned the entirety of existing into inane, silly questions,
preferably parochial topics and pre-designed compositions.

Thinking and action willy nilly is the Dadaist program par excellence,
pure nonsense accumulations made of mindless sound poems.

 

This is the context in which Dada destroyed itself, exploded itself,
in excesses of amazement, astonishment, laughter and disbelief.

Dada ways are supposedly also committed in the direction of sexually
disreputable audience as idiots (called) and as scum (treated).

Dadaism actively and fervently embraces coincidence as a central
creative principle, but rarely recognizes such gnawing upon its ass.

The Dadaists increasingly embrace narrow-mindedness and are at
odds with each other (or don’t actually know one another).

 

Each has quickly gone his own way and has his own opinions;
opinions against Dada, the actual Dadaists, and their program.

Actual Dadaists are constitutionally unable to agree (or even talk)
among themselves about how it (Dadaism) should actually go.

However, even Dadaists said in a long forgotten news interview,
that no actual Dada program is currently available for purchase.

Dada descended into a dithering deadlock of an excursion before
the event scheduled for tomorrow is summarily canceled.

 

Listening to the less poetic truth of Dada, the deafening noise of the
modern world (a higher dizziness) is now increasingly extreme.

Like the Dadaists, and their program of chanting and heckling aloud,
language has been devastated and rendered mostly impossible.

Dada destroyed clear expression, people messed up speaking as had
been readily seen, all intentions eventually go awry and away.

What the Dadaists never wanted, namely to draw attention to the
involvement of people in mechanical processes, didn’t work out.

 

Manifesto Manifestation – Part 2

Unnerving and aggressive forays into the messy,
Irrational margins through broken and fragmented
Conglomerations meandering without regard…
Dislocated corollaries of words spilling from open
Mouths; spewed illusions conflated with dreams,
Incoherent scanning and bug-eyed screaming…

Becoming unconscious at the end of the wispiest of
Tethers dangling from a thin nest of twisting pulleys,
A melancholy surrender to private associations…
Cold, blistered consciousness irreducible in diagrams,
Inflated through hyperbole (a particular conception),
Like a protective shell with an historical protrusion…

Words rotting into babble…
Thoughts drying into dust…
No action seems possible.

October 16, 2015

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