Dada Centennial Events

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Three evenings of events to celebrate the centennial of Dada, an artistic phenomenon that began in February 1916 at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, Switzerland and spread around the world! Although the venue where Dada was born closed after only four months and its acolytes scattered, the idea of Dada quickly spread to New York, where it influenced artists like Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray; to Berlin, where it inspired painters George Grosz and Hannah Hoch; and to Paris, where it dethroned previous avant-garde movements like Fauvism and Cubism while inspiring early Surrealists like Andre Breton, Louis Aragon, and Paul Eluard. The long tail of Dadaism can be traced even further, to artists as diverse as William S. Burroughs, Robert Rauschenberg, Marshall McLuhan, the Beatles, Monty Python, David Byrne, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, all of whom – along with untold others – owe a debt to the bizarre wartime escapades of the Dada vanguard.

Sponsored by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) and the Helen S. Lanier Chair of the Department of English at UGA present three evenings of performance and scholarship in celebration of the centennial year of Dada and experimental art for all time.

Dada Centennial Part 1
Thursday, February 11 at 8 PM
Flicker Theatre & Bar, 263 W. Washington St.
Downtown Athens
Free and open to the public

Flicker Theatre & Bar becomes Cabaret Voltaire 1916 with a performance of Futurist poetry by visiting artist Luciano Chessa, “An Evening at the Cabaret Voltaire” Dada reenactments by students from the UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies, a performance of Erik Satie’s “Trois morceaux en forme de poire” by UGA Music students Crystal Wu and Emma Lin, a presentation by Jed Rasula, author of “Destruction Was My Beatrice,” costumes, musical surprises, and much more!

Visiting artist Luciano Chessa is a composer, conductor, performance artist, pianist and musical saw/Vietnamese dan bau soloist. He is the author of Luigi Russolo Futurist: Noise, Visual Arts and the Occult, the first monograph on Russolo and his Art of Noise. He has been performing futurist sound poetry for more than ten years and teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Dada Centennial Part 2
The Sun Ra Arkestra and Flicker Orchestra
Thursday, February 18 at 8 PM
The Morton Theatre

Celebrate the ongoing spirit of experimental art with a rare performance by the Sun Ra Arkestra at the historic Morton Theatre. Athens’ own Flicker Orchestra will open with live soundtracks for vintage experimental films.

Dada Centennial Part 3
Thursday, February 25 at 8 PM
Flicker Theatre & Bar
Free and open to the public

An evening of new works with visiting artist Bruce Andrews, very short plays by students and faculty in theatre and film studies, compositions by doctoral students in music, and performances by Killick and Mind Brains!

Born in Chicago, Language poet and political scientist Bruce Andrews earned a BA and MA from the Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD from Harvard University. He moved to New York in 1975, where with Charles Bernstein he co-edited L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E magazine from 1978 to 1981. Andrews has published dozens of poetry collections including I Don’t Have Any Paper So Shut Up (Or, Social Romanticism) (1992) and Designated Heartbeat (2006) as well as several essay collections.

Killick Hinds is an improvising guitarist, composer, and writer living in Athens, Georgia. He plays a variety of unusual stringed instruments with a comprehensive approach to genres known and as-yet-unlabeled.

Mind Brains are an experimental indie rock supergroup with ties to Elephant 6 collective bands Olivia Tremor Control, of Montreal, the New Sound of Numbers, Dark Meat, Marshmallow Coast, the Music Tapes, and more.

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3-color 11″x17″ silkscreen poster designed and hand-printed by Ry McCullough available at ICE – $20 while supplies last!

ICE-Vision: Yojimbo

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ICE-Vision: Yojimbo (Kurosawa, 1961)
Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S150

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Toshiro Mifune portrays a Samurai who finds himself in the middle of a feud-torn Japanese village. Neither side is particularly honorable, but Mifune is hungry and impoverished, so he agrees to work as bodyguard (or Yojimbo) for a silk merchant (Kamatari Fujiwara) against a sake merchant (Takashi Shimura). Yojimbo was the prototype for the Clint Eastwood “Man with No Name” picture A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964). The difference is that Fistful relies on Eastwood for its success, whereas Yojimbo scores on every creative level, from director Akira Kurosawa to cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa to Mifune’s classic lead performance.

Hyphenated Americans

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Hyphenated American: Latinos
Tuesday, April 26 at 7 PM
Georgia Museum of Art

Come learn about the struggle, perseverance, and cultures of Latinos through the arts and educational discussion. Topics of identity, different immigration statuses, educational injustice in Georgia, and more will all be covered. Art gallery, spoken word, and lots of live music with a reception to follow. Free to the public.

Hyphenated American Panel

Dr. Sergio Quesada, UGA LACSI professor: discussing why it is important for Latinos to maintain their cultural identity.

Heidy Guzman, MA in Professional Counseling: discussing some of the psychological impacts of immigrations.

Johanna Cochran, Associate Attorney with Kuck Immigration Partners: presenting on Policy 4.1.6 and on the difficult process to gaining legal status in the US.

Art and Performance

Anita Guevara – Spoken Word
Orlando Pimentel – Visual Art
Daniel Allen – Guest Composer
Monique Osorio – Guest Composer
Band: Laura Camacho (bass), Corey Flowers (guitar), John Phillips (percussion), and Monique Osorio (vocals)

Supported in part by an Idea Lab Mini Grant.

ICE-Vision 10th Anniversary Edition: How’s Your News

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ICE-Vision 10th Anniversary Edition*: How’s Your News (Bradford, 1999)
Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S150

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Discover what life is like for five members of Camp Jabberwocky, a summer camp where those with major mental and physical challenges are given the task to drive around the country and work as field reporters. This film, a favorite on the festival circuit, dispels the notion that disability limits opportunities and choices by showing just how the quintet, who cruised the country in an RV, knocks down myths with plenty of humor and heaps of grace.

*ICE-Vision 2006 selection by Micki Davis

Another Kid’s Treasure Island

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Another Kid’s Treasure Island
Saturday, April 23 at 10 AM and 2 PM
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Children’s Garden Theater in the Woods
Tickets; $5, free for kids 12 and under
Makerspace fun after the show!

Liza, Jack, and Avery Hinkley were lost on an abandoned island after a boating afternoon gone awry. Throughout their time on the island, the band used natural and found resources to build a life away from home. Join Mayor McMillian and the town of Franklin in hearing their story and awarding the siblings for their bravery, innovation, and work to change the community! After the performance, participants can create their own inventions with the UGA Children’s Theatre Troupe at different makerspace stations that will be filled with recyclable materials. Directed by Kelsey Brown and written by Ali Olhausen.

Supported by a Sustainability + Arts Grant sponsored by the UGA Office of Sustainability and Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE).

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ICE Conversation: SynkroTakt

ICE Conversation: Cody Brookshire, Richard Saney, and Jake Reeves
Friday, April 15 at 11:15 AM
Dancz Center for New Music

Idea Lab Mini Grant recipients Cody Brookshire, Richard Saney, and Jake Reeves will discuss their project “SynkroTakt,” involving the streaming of synchronized audio to wireless devices for use in concert music and other applications. Please come to hear our thoughts and goals with the project, to ask questions, propose ideas, and chat about the intersection of music, wireless devices, audience interaction, and immersive sound.

ICE Conversation: All the World’s Futures

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ICE Conversation: All the World’s Futures
Monday, April 25 at noon
ICE, Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S160

John English, UGA professor Emeritus, artist, and veteran freelance journalist will share a presentation of his coverage of one of the biggest art shows in the world: the 2015 Venice Biennale, All the World’s Futures.