ICE-Conversation: Dada


ICE-Conversation: Dada
Wednesday, February 10 at Noon
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S160

What is Dada? Jed Rasula, Head of the English Department and Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor at UGA, is the author of Destruction Was My Beatrice, a comprehensive history of the Dada art movement, which began in 1916 and has influenced some of the greatest artists of our time, including William S. Burroughs, Marshall McLuhan, the Beatles, Monty Python, David Byrne, John Cage, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and countless others. Dr. Rasula comes to ICE to offer insight into Dada just ahead of the Dada Centennial, a celebration and commemoration of 100 years of this historic artistic phenomenon, beginning on February 11 at the Flicker Theatre and Bar in downtown Athens.

Dada Centennial Events


Dada Centennial (Part 1)
Thursday, February 11 from 8 PM to ???
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.

The first of 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, Rasula shows, 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.

Dada Centennial (Part 2)
The Sun Ra Arkestra and Flicker Orchestra
Thursday, February 18 at 8 PM
The Morton Theatre – tickets $15

Celebrate the ongoing spirt 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 from 8 PM
Flicker Theatre & Bar
Free and open to the public

Return to Flicker Theatre & Bar for an evening of new works with visiting artist Bruce Andrews, students from art, music, and theatre and film studies, and the extraordinary Mind Brains!

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.

The Sun Ra Arkestra – February 18


The Sun Ra Arkestra
Thursday, February 18 at 8 PM
The Morton Theatre
Tickets: $15

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or at the Morton Theatre box office M-F 10 AM – 1 PM and 3 – 6 PM

The spirit of famed jazz musician, composer, poet, and bandleader Sun Ra is alive and well in the present day manifestation of the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen, featuring a mix of classic Sun Ra big-band compositions and arrangements alongside Allen’s own compositions and arrangements that are deeply rooted in the spirit of Sun Ra.

Marshall Allen, 91, joined the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1958 and led Sun Ra’s formidable reed section for over 40 years. He assumed the helm of the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1995 after the ascension of Sun Ra in 1993 and John Gilmore in 1995. Mr. Allen continues to reside at the Sun Ra Residence in Philadelphia, composing, writing and arranging for the Arkestra much like his mentor, totally committed to a life of discipline centered totally on the study, research, and further development of Sun Ra’s musical precepts.

This historic evening at the Morton Theatre will commence with a rare performance by Athens’ own Flicker Orchestra, which provides live music for classic silent films.

Presented by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at the University of Georgia, and the Helen S. Lanier Chair of the Department of English at UGA in celebration of the centennial year of Dada and experimental art for all time.

For more information about the Sun Ra Arkestra visit

Famed jazz musician, composer, poet and bandleader Sun Ra was born on May 22, 1914, in Birmingham, Alabama. He began performing professionally as a teen and, after moving to Chicago in 1945, immersed himself in jazz and the blues. Along the way, Sun Ra was influenced by space, religion and radical social movements—all of which found their way into his music. A prolific composer and record label owner, he took to wearing colorful, outlandish costumes with his band members.

One of the first, and the oldest surviving African-American built, owned, and operated vaudeville theatres in the United States, the fully restored Morton Theatre opened in 1910 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


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

Werner Fritsch events


Werner Fritsch is the author of numerous award-winning theatre and radio plays, a highly acclaimed novel, and the writer/director of three experimental films. His cutting edge work, moving between different media, has received widespread acclaim in Germany and he has been awarded numerous prestigious scholarships and prizes, including Best German Audio Book for Enigma Emmy Göring (2009). The German national magazine Der Spiegel called him “Germany’s boldest poet.”

in image of multimedia installation
Tuesday, February 9 through Friday, February 12
Shown hourly from 10 AM – 4 PM
Fine Arts Building Room 255A

A collective interpretation of Nico — Sphinx of Ice, a play by visiting artist Werner Fritsch, presented as a multimedia installation by UGA students Elizabeth Rogers, Kyle Morrison, Stewart Engart, Hannah Foster, Anna Pieri, and Marlon Burnley.

Werner Fritsch reads from Nico — Sphinx of Ice
Thursday, February 11 at 5 PM
Fine Arts Building Balcony Theatre

Screening of Faust Song of the Sun
Friday, February 12 at 4 PM with reception at 7 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S150

Werner Fritsch will introduce the screening of his cinematic poem Faust Song of the Sun. The film reflects on a central moment in Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s seminal play Faust (1808/32), offering a stream of images and text probing Faust’s notion of contentment in a beautiful moment. Attempting to counter the pervasive notion of globalization as taking over the world, Fritsch’s film explores the diversity of foreign cultures and different natures, highlighting “a certain human vision” of “watching the world with open eyes.” Faust Song of the Sun is a cultural adventure addressing fundamental questions about human relations, faith, the nature of beauty and the mythical foundations of reality.

Sponsored by the Department of German and Slavic Studies, A.G. Steer Professorship, Slingshot Festival, and Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE).

A4P Preservationist


The Air Purifying Plants Proliferation Project (A4P), recipient of a Sustainability + Arts Grant from ICE and the Office of Sustainability presents Preservationist, an exhibition and roundtable discussion investigating the rapid advancement of green practices in the contemporary art studio. The group will collaborate with Alberta, Canada-based printmaker, Sean Caulfield and Minnesota-based sculptor David Hamlow to present an interactive exhibition or “trade show” that focuses on sustainability as a catalyst for dialogue about studio ecology and the environmental ethics of art-making. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of round table discussions, project presentation, and specific technical demonstrations throughout the run of the show.

Friday, January 29 to Thursday, February 25
Lamar Dodd School of Art Suite Gallery

Round Table Discussion Followed by a Southern Brewing Company Beer Tasting
Wednesday, February 17 from 3 – 5 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Suite Gallery

ICE-Vision: Notorious (2/4)


ICE-Vision: Notorious (Hitchcock, 1946)
Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S150

ICE-Vision returns for 2016 with selections by philosophy major Thomas Finan and more 10th anniversary screenings!

Ingrid Bergman plays Alicia Huberman, who goes to hell in a handbasket after her father, an accused WWII traitor, commits suicide. American secret agent Devlin (Cary Grant) is ordered to enlist the libidinous Alicia’s aid in trapping Alexander Sebastian (Claude Rains), the head of a Brazilian neo-Nazi group. Openly contemptuous of Alicia despite her loyalty to the American cause, Devlin calmly instructs her to woo and wed Sebastian, so that that good guys will have an “inside woman” to monitor the Nazi chieftain’s activities. One of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest films, Notorious features the director at his devilishly elegant, self-assured best. A visual masterpiece, it plays like a seamlessly assembled jigsaw puzzle, in which each piece fits together with clean precision.