Danarti second issue presents avant-garde texts of the beginning of the XX century. This is an attempt to look at the differences and similarities between Dada movements in Zurich and Tbilisi. Both, Tbilisi and Zurich are the places which sheltered those who fled the First World War and the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. Here they created the space where the cohabitation of artistic polarities, styles, ideas and languages became possible.
Alongside with Dada manifests, abstract gestures and radical criticism of the contemporary society, the texts explore the relationship between the Western and the Eastern cultures, and examine notions such as religion and magic.
They show their interest not towards the dogmatic and hierarchic systems, but instead towards the 'Apocryphal'. These are the things and events which are not accepted by the culture, but intentionally denied by it.
Georgian avant-garde texts might be considered similarly 'Apocryphal' because of the certain reasons. Here, Avant-garde’s absolute yearning for the futureis met by the past and the endless intersections of different times and spaces. Avant-garde considers itself in the center of everything and 'consciously laughs and expediently spits from above into downward perpendicular direction and in a rectilinear way'.
Edited by Irine Jorjadze