Modern art is often scoffed at as something that a child could do, but some of the underpinnings of modernism were incredibly provocative. Dada was launched in the midst of World War I by artists who considered it a bloody and foolish war. Dada began in Switzerland in 1916, but soon spread to Berlin, Paris, and the rest of Europe and the United States. New forms of art, including photomontage, collage, found objects, and poetry that was composed entirely of made up words were all used to convey visceral messages, “to shock society into self-awareness.” Artists chose unconventional means of expression to reject high art and rationalism, and their methods raised questions on the meaning of art and originality that linger today, in online mash ups, remixes, and fanvids.
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