1.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.
In terms of art, Dada could be said to have had the most wide-ranging post-war impact, a fact which is paradoxical given Dada's anti-art inclinations.
-- David Hopkins, Dada and Surrealism: A Very Short Introduction, 2004 ... Scramsfield had manufactured enough Dada poetry to fill up the rest of the magazine by copying out random sections of a boiler repair manual into irregular stanzas, knowing that this should be sufficiently confusing to satisfy his patron ...
-- Ned Beauman, The Teleportation Accident, 2012
Despite how it sounds, Dada has nothing to do with dads or Father’s Day. It is a reduplication of the familiar, universal baby syllable da, a French reduplication, specifically, chosen as an arbitrary name for the French and German art movement founded in Zurich in 1916, in the middle of World War I, by a group of multinational and multilingual writers, artists, and composers. According to two of Dada’s founders, the word was chosen at random from dada, a headword in a French dictionary, meaning, in baby talk, “horse, hobbyhorse." The founders were also attracted by the meaninglessness of the two syllables.