A DAD

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DADA, father of anti-art, is 100. This film is a dance with Dada on its centenary. Watch with caution because the present leaves traces in the past!

Genre Homage
Production AUT 2016
Running Time 11 min 21 sec
Language English
Shooting Format HD & Found Footage
Original Aspect Ratio 16:9
Sound Mix Stereo

Text by Christian Höller

Editor of Springerin, Magazine for Contemporary Art

100 years of Dada is actually no reason to celebrate, if you consider the history of how this most radical of all art movements was appropriated and neutralized. Nevertheless, Robert Cambrinus´ agile homage A DAD today honors the impulse behind the movement´s founding in 1916 at the Zurich Cabaret Voltaire. The alphabetic reversal of the film´s title signals its agenda to highlight the methodical know-how Dada gave the world, as forerunner of more recent applications such as the cut-up, re-mix or mash-up.
And this is precisely what Cambrinus´ film impressively demonstrates, revealing the collage mode underlying techniques of processing contemporary media phenomena: Hilariously cut-up introductory speeches are offered by the likes of Obama and Putin; predecessors of today´s digipoetry are honored through the citation of historical texts ranging from Christian Morgenstern to Ernst Jandl; spectacular images of current culture (from pornography to IS) are deservedly demystified under such headlines as "i-collage", and "Schwitters twitters". That every contemporary impulse of freedom or resistance is overshadowed by powerful information or intelligence giants (Facebook, Apple, NSA) also rubs off on ideological blocs of the past (Communism, National Socialism, the "free" West): "The present leaves traces in the past", reads a beautifully laid out blackmail letter. Staged scenes stand in refreshing contrast to the sampled footage, such as when master and dog turn reality upside down. And this perfectly exemplifies how "That Da Da Strain" cannot be removed from our world, as heard on the accompanying soundtrack in a song most eloquently delivered by the jazz singer Ethel Waters.

Cast & Crew

Concept & Realization Robert Cambrinus
Cast
David Cameron Himself
Barack Obama Himself
Alexis Tsipras Himself
Edward Snowden Himself
Christine Lagarde Herself
Arnold Schwarzenegger Himself
John Kerry Himself
Vladimir Putin Himself
Australian Shepherd Black Ilvy of Bluewulf
Crew
Typographic Designer Anita Kern
Sound Mixer Alexander Wieser
Composer Juan Pablo Trad Hasbun
Producer Robert Stokvis

Film Festivals | Awards

Sapporo International Short Film Festival Sapporo, Japan - Premiere
dokumentART Neubrandenburg, Germany
Shortz International Video and Short Film Festival Novi Sad, Serbia
Cinequest San Jose, USA
Regard International Short Film Festival Saguenay, Canada
IndieLisboa Lisbon, Portugal
AVIFF Art Film Festival Cannes, France - Premier Prix du Jury
Kyiv International Short Film Festival Kiev, Ukraine
Hamburg International Short Film Festival Hamburg, Germany - Deframed Audience Award
Backup Festival & part of art.screen installation Weimar, Germany
Seattle International Film Festival Seattle, USA
International Animated Film Festival Animator Poznan, Poland - Golden Pegasus / Grand Prix
L'Étrange Festival Paris, France
Marienbad Film Festival Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic
International Video Festival Videomedeja Novi Sad, Serbia
TGA Symposium - Typographic Society Austria Raabs, Austria
Quebec City Film Festival Québec, Canada
Exground Filmfest Wiesbaden, Germany
Flensburger Kurzfilmtage Flensburg, Germany

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Production Stills

A DAD flag
A DAD Setzkasten
A DAD Lear
A DAD stars
A DAD letters
A DAD Camels

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