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,,Negermusik und koptische Heilige" – Die Unmöglichkeit des Lachens bei Hugo Balls Dadaismus

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Abstract:

Hugo Ball's sound poems belong to the most well-known texts of Dada Zurich and are often misunderstood as to be funny. While the author wanted to remain serious at all cost in his costume from pasteboard and glazed paper, the mismatching laughter of the public was nearly programmed. Ball's lecture moved into the proximity of a ritual, which actually has nothing more to do with art anymore. The actual provocation of the sound poems not only has a 'nonsense' effect on the surface, but the refusal of literature. Moreover, this essay shows that the magic of the invented word was pointing the way for Ball's flight out of time into mysticism.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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