In the wake of the horrors of World War 1, people found themselves grappling with the consequences of violence, not knowing how to react. No system seemed to make sense and all the isms capitalism, communism, tradionalism, Marxism, looked unworkable. This feeling of helplessness and growing unrest led to the what is known as the Dada revolution.
Dadaism was artistic movement that was against traditional form of art and traditional form of movement. It was a collective outcry of artists and writers toward the injustice they had just witnessed. A lot of inspiring art and literature was born out of it, including the genre of surrealism and pop art. I will not go into further art history but there is a point I’m trying to make here.
Dadaism still exists today in the minds of many artists who personally revolt against the system in creative ways. A modern example, a personal favourite, can be found here: http://dadada.com/gallery/whosane.html
The events of last week happened in a frenzy, but now we need to look forward. The skies of hope look bleak and waning, but we must persevere. A lot has been said but there is little to be gained from the blame game we play in our minds. We must move forward.
I believe that only writers, philosophers, thinkers and artists can ultimately save the world where politicians, propagandists and media moguls have failed. We need a revolution but first we must cleanse our minds of the hate, the anger and the indifference. To be of any value to our city and our generation we need to look past petty follies and ask ourselves “What I have done in this world that was not already done before, what new did I bring to the table?”
We must create, not just procreate. We must produce, not just reproduce. We must move forward. Only with acceptance comes advancement. You never know what impact you will have.