How did the DADA movement affect the art of the 20th century?
The carnage of the First World War saw many artists respond with contentious artworks, poking fun at a broken society in the effort of creating change. In the modern day, with access to copious screens, websites and news channels, we are much better informed, but are we still using art to push for innovation? We become obsessed with our wealthy leaders and consumerist lives, merely using technology to complain. The DADA movement pushed cultural boundaries of art at the time, offending and questioning public morals, forcing people to act as the war unfolded around them. It brought new issues to attention that would otherwise have remained hidden, while creating influential new art styles, and staying true to its immature and nonsensical motivation. The fate of the modern world is currently uncertain, but with the amount of political unrest surrounding the American president, an immigration crisis and Brexit looming on the horizon, we may be looking at the second DADA wave before World War Three.