Hugo Ball bemoaned in his Dada Manifesto the loss of freedom and self-determination in modern day verbal language: “It's a question of connections, and of loosening them up a bit to start with. I don't want words that other people have invented. All the words are other people's inventions. I want my own stuff, my own rhythm, and vowels and consonants too, matching the rhythm and all my own.” Through his performed sound poems like Karawane, Ball was able to take small bits of information from his language system and recombine them in a new medium in a schema foreign to the original language system in order to reclaim its original power.
I’ve noticed that with the rising use of personal computers in everyday life we are constantly, absent-mindedly inputting a stream of nonsensical fragmented language into computer interfaces without thinking about its implications (I’m talking about typing “youtu” or “watch gossip girl online free” into your browser where your computer usually correctly self-completes the input command). Much like in the Dada era, we are unquestioningly made to use a language very much not our own (the problem of the rigid confines of any communicative language still persists, but newly arisen is the problem of the rigid confines of computer systems that literally won’t work if improper illogical language is used) however, unlike conventional language in the Dada era it comes ready-made broken and nonsensical. I'd like to find an awareness of and tangibility to these kinds of communications that I see as a sad powerless mutation of Ball's uninhibited surreal sound poems; its aesthetic without its message.
I plan to record a certain duration of my own computer usage and later collect all the language commands I used during that time. I’ll then input them in chronological order to some sort of online text-to-speech device (http://www.naturalreaders.com/) to create an auditory manifestation of my digital verbal communication. I’ll then likely do something further with this final product, perhaps think of some clever way of presenting it in a more performance art air as a nod to the original piece, or look for a way to reclaim the brainless quality of computer interface verbal interaction to make my update piece less negative and more celebratory like the original work. However, I think this is something that will have to come out of the process of making this piece so I’m a bit hazy during these planning stages on the exact shape it will take.
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Finding purpose in language through self-directed nonsense---that is my interpretation of the original piece
Finding awareness of self-directed nonsense in language to inspire more purposeful language use---that is my reinterpretation of the piece in the digital era
This poem will not have organizational flow but I will take accountability for everything in it in the order in which it appears