- the style and techniques of a group of artists, writers, etc., of the early 20th century who exploited accidental and incongruous effects in their work and who programmatically challenged established canons of art, thought, morality, etc.
Origin of dada
Examples from the Web for dada
The other day we got in the car and I had a CD on, and he said, “Dada, is that James Brown?”Kentucky’s Finest Antihero: Walton Goggins on Justified’s Chameleon Villain
February 11, 2014
At Performa, Shana Lutker revisits a wild Dada play that featured a nose and some lips.A Performance Like a Punch in the Face
November 20, 2013
Was one of Dada's fathers really such a mystery or did he show his true self in his art?Man Ray Revealed
November 12, 2009
Perhaps he will not care to be called Dada, but it is nevertheless true.Adventures in the Arts
I am beginning to feel greater respect for Dada's quatrains than before.
You hear the hum of human bees, they smell the honey of Dada's quatrains.
Then there is Dada, to whom duty is the essence of life, not joy.
If he didn't, he would never have pulled Dada outside his den.
- a nihilistic artistic movement of the early 20th century in W Europe and the US, founded on principles of irrationality, incongruity, and irreverence towards accepted aesthetic criteria
Word Origin and History for dada
1920, from French dada "hobbyhorse," child's nonsense word, selected 1916 by Romanian poet Tristan Tzara (1896-1963), leader of the movement, for its resemblance to meaningless babble.
Freedom: DADA DADA DADA, the howl of clashing colors, the intertwining of all contradictions, grotesqueries, trivialities: LIFE. [T. Tzara, "Dada Manifesto," 1918]
Related: Dadaist; Dadaism.