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Ball and Hammer: Tenderenda the Fantast

Ball and Hammer: Tenderenda the Fantast


Ball and Hammer: Tenderenda the Fantast

By Hugo Ball    
Translated from the German by Jonathan Hammer    
Illustrated by Jonathan Hammer     

In this unconventional book, Jonathan Hammer offers a new translation of Hugo Ball's visionary novella Tenderenda the Fantast, along with his own unique Tenderenda-inspired images. The resulting "dialogue" between Ball, the founder of Zurich Dada, and Hammer, a contemporary artist, casts new light on Dadaism and its postmodern legacies.
In Tenderenda, composed between 1914 and 1920, Ball recounts a hallucinatory tale of his own Dada enchantment and disenchantments. Jeffrey T. Schnapp introduces the book, elaborating the cultural and historical context of Ball's work and situating Hammer's work in relation to Dada. In a concluding essay, Hammer probes various aspects of Ball's asceticism, spirituality, and sexuality to arrive at a revisionist interpretation of Zurich Dada and the origins of modernism as well as postmodern art-making. 

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144 Pages
Yale University Press, 2002
8.75 x 1 x 10.75 inches
ISBN 9780300083736
Dada, Modernism

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