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International Dadaism Month Begins Today

First Posted: 02/04/11 01:55 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

Today marks the beginning of one of the weirdest holidays you'll ever hear of: International Dadaism Month.

The declaration was made on December 27, 2005 in Lawrence, Kansas by then Mayor Dennis Highberger. In true Dada fashion, International Dadaism Month isn't a specific calendar month but instead a series of dates, chosen at random by rolling dice and pulling numbers out of a hat. This process resulted in the following days of celebration: February 4, March 28, April 1, July 15, August 2, August 7, August 16, August 26, September 18, September 22, October 1, October 17, and October 26.

Think this is absurd? Well, that's part of the point.

Dada was an international cultural movement which peaked from 1916-1922 and embraced chance and nonsense. Seen as a reaction to the horrors of World War I, the anarchic movement rejected artistic conventions. Dada artists sought to provoke and challenge. Although short-lived, Dada has been a hugely influential movement to visual art, writing and performance art.

Share your favorite Dada art below in the comments. Or you could just randomly hit keys on your keyboard. It's all good.

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Hugo Ball reading the poem "Karawane," 1916.

Hugo Ball co-founded Cabaret Voltaire, the birthplace of Dada in Zurich in 1916. In this photograph Ball is reciting "Karawane," one of his "sound poems." The entire text of the poem is below. For the record, Ball is German. But don't worry, even if you are fluent in German, it still won't make any sense.

"Karawane"

jolifanto bambla ô falli bambla
großiga m'pfa habla horem
égiga goramen
higo bloiko russula huju
hollaka hollala
anlogo bung
blago bung
blago bung
bosso fataka
ü üü ü
schampa wulla wussa ólobo
hej tatta gôrem
eschige zunbada
wulubu ssubudu uluwu ssubudu
tumba ba-umf
kusa gauma
ba - umf
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