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“Revolted by the butchery of wars, we Revver magazine devoted ourselves to the arts. While the guns rumbled in the distance, we sang, painted, made collages and wrote poems with all our might.”
We borrow this Avant-Garde statement from Hans Arp because activism is almighty. Prolific and subversive activists come forward to urge us to take new perspectives. 100 years ago the Dada art movement was born to provoke a drastic change of perspectives applied to the arts.
In 2018, we want to associate genius spirits with this propaganda because we believe this is where we can make a difference to introduce, explore new forms or subject matter. From Taiwan, we associate Avant-Garde creative movement with the artist Lu FANG and the fashion designer XIWI. From Paris, we revisit the Dada vibes with the photographer Stephane Mounet and his exquisite virtuosos: Marie Revelut, Walter Denechere, Stephane Delahaye, Agnes Duchadeau and Stephanie Herbin. From the mainstream culture we dig into music, cinema and design to assess the Dada legacy in our lifestyle references. We are very thankful to the John Cage Trust for their support. It is a great honor to curate such high authority in the Dada art movement, so we also extend our gratitude to Guity Novin, Samantha Hunt and Jonathan Holland for the contribution they have made.
Crafting this issue about Avant-Garde influencers was just another way to declare one more time that Dada is more than only our studio name. For those who know us, indeed Dada is a place in Taipei: a laboratory at the fourth floor of an old building where we experiment blending fashion into art and vice-versa… For those who don’t know us yet, Dada is a statement: in 2018 we remain revolted, the revolution is on the way.
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