DADA Virtual Salon 2022

Date and Time
October 20, 2022


Event Details

Three Room Press and Tompkins Square Library present DADA Virtual Salon:

International  ¡DADA! Virtual Salon 2022  - OCTOBER 20th


Americas ¡DADA! Virtual Salon 2022 - OCTOBER 27th


PETER CARLAFTES is a New York-based playwright, author, and poet. He is author of six books, and most recently edited the critically-acclaimed anthology The Faking Of The President: Nineteen Tales of White House Noir, which is a New York Times Editor’s Choice. He is co-director and acquisitions editor for Three Rooms Press. He lives in New York City.

KAT GEORGES is a New York City-based poet, playwright, editor, publisher, and graphic designer. Author of Our Lady of the Hunger: Poems, Three Somebodies: Plays about Notorious Dissidents, and Punk Rock Journal. She is co-director, editor, and art director of Three Rooms Press. She lives in New York City.

 The annual MAINTENANT series, established in 2008, gathers work of internationally-renowned contemporary DADA artists and writers. MAINTENANT 16: A Journal of Contemporary DADA Writing and Art (240 contributors, 7 continents) is available HERE.

What is Dada? The original Dada movement started in Zurich, New York and Paris in 1916 as a artistic reaction to World War I. Many Dadaists believed that the ‘reason’ and ‘logic’ of a bourgeois capitalist society had led people into war—and would continue to do so. They expressed their rejection of that ideology through artistic expression that appeared to reject logic and embrace chaos and irrationality. In addition to being anti-war, Dada was also anti-bourgeois and anarchist in nature. Tenants of the movement continue through today, and are particularly relevant in the current global political spectrum.

The fierce New York-based independent publisher Three Rooms Press draws much of its inspiration from Dada and its legacy, including the beat movement, punk rock, pop art and the underground poetry and art scene. Three Rooms Press is particularly inspired by the life and work of Arthur Cravan. 

About Arthur Cravan. Arthur Cravan was a pugilist, poet, larger-than-life character, and idol of the Dada and Surrealism movements (as well as the nephew of Oscar Wilde). In 1913, he published the original Maintenant, widely-recognized as the first “zine” ever.  The current Maintenant series by Three Rooms Press was developed in homage to his original creation.  During the course of a short and spectacular life, Cravan wreaked havoc on himself and three continents in an escalating frenzy of artistic mania. He arrived in New York in 1914 where he met the poet Mina Loy, then moved with her to Mexico three years later when the United States entered the war. In 1918, he set out on a sailboat from Mexico to Argentina and never arrived. His disappearance has been the source of broad speculation.