Dada Lives: Writing the Self and Dada History (EAM Helsinki, 29-31 August 2014)
This panel examines how autobiography and memoirs have contributed to – and stifled – the historiography of Dada. Louis Aragon, Hugo Ball, Raoul Hausmann, Richard Huelsenbeck, Marcel Janco, Man Ray, Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, Hans Richter, and Tristan Tzara all penned memoirs (in different forms and with varying purposes) to buttress their views of Dada; they also contributed to the shaping of Dada history either by controlling access to personal collections of Dada material or by advising museums on Dada exhibitions. This panel is interested in charting the legacy of these autobiographical interventions onto Dada history: can a history of Dada be written without the subjective intervention of its lead participants? Is there a genre called the Dada memoir, and, if so, of what does it consist? What happens to key figures in Dada who did not stake out a subjective history of the movement?