The feet of morning the feet of noon and the feet of evening walk ceaselessly round pickled buttocks on the other hand the feet of midnight remain motionless in their echo-woven baskets

consequently the lion is a diamond

on the sofas made of bread
are seated the dressed and the undressed
the undressed hold leaden swallows between their toes
the dressed hold leaden nests between their fingers
at all hours the undressed get dressed again
and the dressed get undressed
and exchange the leaden swallows for the leaden nests

consequently the tail is an umbrella

a mouth opens within another mouth
and within this mouth another mouth
and within this mouth another mouth
and so on without end
it is a sad perspective
which adds an I-don’t-know-what
to another I-don’t-know-what

consequently the grasshopper is a column

the pianos with heads and tails
place pianos with heads and tails
on their heads and their tails

consequently the tongue is a chair

— Hans Arp, The Domestic Stones (fragment), translated by David Gascoyne


billyjane:

 The meeting of Constructivists and Dadaists in Weimar, 1922. Theo van Doesburg (in paper hat) with El Lissitzky (smoking pipe) behind him, and Tristan Tzara (with walking stick), Hans Arp (extreme right), and Hans Ricther (lying on the ground).
In the autumn of 1922 van Doesburg invited Lissitzky, Moholy-Nagy, Hans Richter and some other proponents of constructivism who were living in Germany to participate in a conference at Wiemar, where he was then living and where the Bauhaus had been established some three years earlier. There to their surprise - since most of them did not then know that van Doesburg under the pseudonym of I.K. Bonset, was also an active Dadaist - the constructivists were met by Hans Arp, Tristam Tzara, Kurt Schwitterr and other members of the dada movement. Though the encounter was distasteful to many of the younger Constructivists, who regarded Dadaism as a negative infuence, the Weimar meeting revealed some of the positive facets of Dadaism and helped to establish a bridge between the major movements.
[photo via kunst_weimar and text from Herbert Spencer, Pioneers of Modern Typography. MIT Press, 1969 via kon st blog]

billyjane:

 The meeting of Constructivists and Dadaists in Weimar, 1922. Theo van Doesburg (in paper hat) with El Lissitzky (smoking pipe) behind him, and Tristan Tzara (with walking stick), Hans Arp (extreme right), and Hans Ricther (lying on the ground).

In the autumn of 1922 van Doesburg invited Lissitzky, Moholy-Nagy, Hans Richter and some other proponents of constructivism who were living in Germany to participate in a conference at Wiemar, where he was then living and where the Bauhaus had been established some three years earlier. There to their surprise - since most of them did not then know that van Doesburg under the pseudonym of I.K. Bonset, was also an active Dadaist - the constructivists were met by Hans Arp, Tristam Tzara, Kurt Schwitterr and other members of the dada movement. Though the encounter was distasteful to many of the younger Constructivists, who regarded Dadaism as a negative infuence, the Weimar meeting revealed some of the positive facets of Dadaism and helped to establish a bridge between the major movements.

[photo via kunst_weimar and text from Herbert Spencer, Pioneers of Modern Typography. MIT Press, 1969 via kon st blog]