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"Lebanon is like Switzerland 100 years ago," suggested Adrian Notz, noting that during World War I Switzerland was a safe haven for its warring neighbors, not unlike Beirut's position in the Middle East.Hugo Ball and Emmy Hennings founded this aesthetic-political cafe in Zurich in 1916 as a hub for philosophical and artistic engagement with the Dada movement.A self-consciously bohemian avant-garde movement, Dada aimed to reclaim the irrational and free the consciousness of what economy deems to be necessary.These days Notz's mobile installation of the Dada Manifesto hangs from the ceiling of Station, part of the space's "Yalla Dada" exhibition.Dada, he continued, played a key historical role, paving the way for future art movements such as surrealism, the Fluxus movement, the Beats and punk.Amine's pieces consist of three stop-motion videos of phonetic poetry.A captivating example of Dada, the stop-motion video shows words being painted on canvas with white acrylic, accompanied by a human voice and the sound of a pocket trumpet.Notz believes in the future of Dadaism in the Middle East."Yalla Dada" is up at Station in Sin al-Fil through Dec. 6 .
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