Karavani

Topics: Dada, Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara Pages: 2 (634 words) Published: February 24, 2014


Violent Language Throughout the day an average female will speak around 20,000 words and an average male will say around 7000. Communication and language play a significant role in everyone’s life. However people don’t always think of how powerful language can be, causing negative or positive event and situations. Perhaps the worst thing that language can produce is war, persuading and manipulating different people into believing in something they cant completely understand .Hugo Ball well known German author and artist was this was too. When World War 1 in 1914 began Ball was one of those patriotic figures who were obsessed with the idea of going into the battle for their country. Despite being rejected tree times into joining German forces due to medical issues he went to the Belgian fronts to fight. After witnessing the horror of war on his own skin Hugo Ball decided to retreat to Zurich where he could finally escape the violence of war. There he founded a night club Cabaret Voltaire, a place for artist and poets escaping the war to unite. The event that were held under its roof were essential beginning to a well known anarchic movement Dada. Under its roof is were Hugo Ball in 1916 in his unusual and strange outfit he performed his remarkable poem “Karawane”. The poem witch didn’t not had a context, the words of witch did not had a meaning and could not be found in the dictionary of any known language, however it worked well to deliver the massage and feeling Ball was trying to express. The poem “Karawane” served as a political protest against language which was so commonly used to create propaganda which justified war and lead into it. Not just the poem but the whole avant-garde art movement Dada was a reaction to a bloody horror of World War 1. Tristan Tzara another significant face when it comes to talk about Dada in his...
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