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Greenlit: Gaga For Dada: The Original Art Rebels, BBC4

Gaga For Dada: The Original Art Rebels (1 x 60′) – To mark the 100th anniversary of Dada, Jim Moir, aka Vic Reeves, takes us on an irreverent trip into the world of the avant-garde art group that became one of the most influential movements of the 20th century.

Absurd, provocative, subversive – Dada was born as a response to the madness of WWI, but its radical way of looking at the world went on to transform modern culture, influencing comedy, art, fashion, political protest and popular music. From Monty Python to punk, Bowie to Banksy, the long shadow of Dada’s cultural revolution is hard to miss.

Jim Moir first encountered Dada as a student at art school and his alter ego Vic Reeves has often been compared to Dada cabaret. In this film, Jim explores those connections by restaging an early Dada performance in Zurich’s Cabaret Voltaire where the movement first began, recreating lost artworks and devising some new ones in an entertaining and eccentric approach to re-telling the Dada story.

With the help of comedians Armando Iannucci, Terry Gilliam and Arthur Smith, graphic designer Neville Brody, and artists Michael Landy, Cornelia Parker and Martin Creed, Jim explores how Dada shaped so much of 20th century culture.


Platform: BBC4

Producer: BBC


Source: BBC press release


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