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The Relationship Between Punk and Dada Essay

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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DADA AND PUNK
It is difficult to estimate when people began to create different theories, movements and ideologies with regards to what is positive and negative in the world that we live in. A part and parcel of human nature has always been an individual desire to be a part of the perfect world which unfortunately is mainly stimulated by individuals in power. Therefore this bore a disagreement and critique among minorities and has been exploding over the centuries in different forms of cultural movements. One of the greatest cultural trends began in Zurich and it is known as Dadaism. During World War I a group of individuals created Dada in reaction to what they perceived to be negative and opposite of the
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The message that Dada and Punk tried to achieve through their work in the context of desired reality is very similar as both of them bore from a social outburst. Punk was a form of artistic anarchy against system control and specific pattern of society, whereas Dada was an ‘Anti-War movement’. However, very interesting is the fact that they were relatively unrelated and occurred around 50 years apart. Although the vocalist of a very controversial punk rock band “Sex Pistols”, Johnny Rotten said he had never heard about ‘Dada’ there can be found the same themes of inspirations as in Dadaism. Therefore assuming that the group ‘Sex Pistols’ did not model on Dadaism and any other movements or trends, this might be associated with a human nature. The nature, that does not like to be manipulated, controlled or skipped as a microscopic minority.
Fig.1: ‘The Fountain’ 1917,
Marcel Duchamp
According to Griel Marcus, the author of ‘Lipstick Traces’ book, both movements are completely nihilistic and propagating belief in nothing and the wish to become nothing. Punk was against everything and at the same time finding its equilibrium in nihilism. This was clearly exposed by ‘Sex Pistols’ in song ‘Pretty Vacant’ which involves the Dada cry of “nothing is true; everything is permitted”. Moreover, freedom and fighting against the stereotypical art were the keys in
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