I.K. Bonset

Théo van Doesburg (sometimes known as l.K. Bonset) addressed himself to Dadaists and non-Dadaists alike. This pseudonym was used by van Doesburg for publishing Dadaist-oriented abstract poetry and literature.

As a Constructivist and a De Stijl theorist, van Doesburg was never to lose his Dada spirit; when the parties meet, as it were, and the personas, it is often in and because of him.

 

I.K. Bonset

 

I.K. Bonset

 

I.K. Bonset

 

I.K. Bonset

 

I.K. Bonset

 

Characteristics of Dadaism (excerpt), 1923

DADA-and for one instant everyone awakens from his daily somnambulism which he calls living.
DADA-and the sick are healed, move about, and sing "The Watch on the Rhine" or dance a Shimmy.
DADA-and the blind see; they see that the world is dada and laugh ceaselessly at the weighty hair-splitting of our moralists and politicians.
DADA-and the bourgeois sweats rubber, makes a camp bed out of his most beautiful Rembrandt, and dances a one-step to choir music. Each bourgeois is a miniature Landru; behind the mask of culture, humanism, esthetics, and philosophy he gives his instincts free rein.
Culture-what is it but the degree of refinement with which our true instincts are expressed?

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Dada has discovered the world such as it is and the world has recognized itself in Dada. Dada is a mirror in which the world sees itself. The dadaists do not wish the world to be different than the way they see it, namely, dada: at once orderly and disorderly, yes and no, me and not me.

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