Mathematical and poetic metaphysical pepper and cucumbers…

Georges Ribemont - Dessaignes (1884 - 1974)

Georges Ribemont – Dessaignes (1884 – 1974)


 Before going down among you to pull out your decaying teeth, your running ears, your tongues full of sores,

 Before breaking your putrid bones,

 Begore opening your cholera – infested belly and taking out for use as fertilizer your too fatted liver, your ignoble spleen and your diabetic kidneys,

 Before tearing out your ugly sexual organ, incontinent and slimy,

 Before extinguishing your appetite for beauty, ecstasy, sugar, philosophy, mathematical and poetic metaphysical pepper and cucumbers,

 Before disinfecting you with vitriol, cleansing you and shellacking you with passion,

 Before all that,

 We shall take a big antiseptic bath,

 And we warn you

 We are murderers.“

 A Dadaist manifesto, delivered at the Grand Palais des Champs Elysees, Paris, in February 5, 1920 and signed by the French artist and writer George Ribemont – Dessaignes (1884 – 1974). A solid, angry statement that the Dadaist movement would not intend to stay indifferent to the traditional sense of mathematical beauty.


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