Hugo Ball

A special thanks goes out to Tonyefa Oyake for suggesting that German Dada artist Hugo Ball be today’s f*ckin’ rockin’ history sketch!

Hugo Ball was an actor at the Cabaret Voltaire and wrote the Dada Manifesto in 1916, speaking out about the deplorable state of society.  Ball is most famous for his phonetic poem Karawane, which consists of nonsensical words.  He believed that poetry should follow the same route as art; where the human figure had progressively disappeared because it represented something which had become ugly and unworn. What Ball was suggesting was that poetry should disregard language and start again unblemished.

Here’s my sketch followed by a birthday card featuring ol’ Hugo that Tonye made for me on Friday.

Hugo Ball

Birthday card

Published in: on October 1, 2007 at 2:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

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