UC Blue Ash College

Dada Lives! - Art Exhibition

Art exhibit "Dada Lives" header design

Exhibit Dates

April 25 - June 3, 2016

DadaLives! - DadaVision Video Series

The following three programs of video work are from the Dada Lives! exhibition at UC Blue Ash Art Gallery from April 25-June 3, 2016. These programs are running in the gallery and are also available via UCTV to permit a wider dissemination of the media works included in the exhibition. A number of video works have not been made available in this way and may only be seen in the gallery as part of the "Gallery Exclusives" program of video work.

Opening Reception Performance

This series of performances and readings were part of the opening reception activities for the Dada Lives! exhibition at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College Art Gallery on April 29, 2016.

Black and white image of Mike Sanders standing in front of a microphone

The performance features:

  • H. Michael Sanders - Duchamp Bicycle Wheel - 2:05
  • John M. Bennett and C. Mehrl Bennett - Poetry and Performance Works - 27:18
  • Rhonda Pettit and H. Michael Sanders - Call & Response Poetry Reading - 7:56
  • H. Michael Sanders - Poetry Reading - 7:56
  • Rhonda Pettit - Poetry Reading - 6:21
  • H. Michael Sanders - Kfits-atseetsa-phone - 2:39

DadaVision: Abstraction - 30:47

This is a collection of abstract recordings featured as a part of the exhibition. Some pieces from the exhibit are not included and can only be seen in the gallery as part of the "Gallery Exclusives" program of video work.

abstract art
This performance features: 
  • Bennett, C. Mehrl Bennett [EM02] - Making Flange, video, 1:57 (2014)
  • Ferdinand, Ted (Cincinnati, Ohio) [EM35] - AI Scry Dada, video 1:00 (2016)
  • Guetta, Ron (Tel Aviv, Israel) [73] - Spin, video, 3:03 (2016)
  • Hjornet, Thomas Kyhn Rovsing (Copenhagen, Denmark) [47] - The History of Religion, video, 5:22 (2016) Hi-Rez
  • Juth, Eric (Winston-Salem, NC) [78] - CcOaNpNtEuCrTe, video collage loop, 1:27 (2016)
  • Last, Lane (Martin, TN) [61] - Oxen, video, 3:56 (2016) Lo-Rez
  • Ruda, Yoav (Tel Aviv, Israel) [53] - 8 Cubic Meter Space, video, 0:52 (2015)
  • Sanders, H. Michael (Cincinnati, OH) - Kinescope Recording No. 3, video, 5:00 (2009)
  • Talbot-Kelly, Matthew (Gibson, BC, Canada) [64] - Tumm r tipi, animated loop, 1:00 (2:00) (1917)
  • Sanders, H. Michael and William Boyle - Bomber Command, video, 5:00 (2014)

DadaVision: Animation - 31:43

This is a collection of animated pieces featured as a part of the Dada Lives! exhibition. Some pieces from the exhibit are not included and can only be seen in the gallery as part of the "Gallery Exclusives" program of video work.

Photograph of figure standing with a black background
This performance features: 
  • Dang, Alexandre (Brussels, Belgium) [25] - Solar Flowers, video, 4:13 (2015)
  • Franz, Mark (Athens, OH) [42] - Rocking Mirror, animation, 2:59 (2014)
  • Franz, Mark (Athens, OH) [42] - The Pig, animation, 1:59 (2012)
  • Guse, Olga (Dresden, Germany) [14] - The Astronaut, animation (HD 1280-720), 6:00 (2015) Lo-Rez, Hi-Rez
  • Sanders, H. Michael and David Hartz (Cincinnati, OH) - The Blimp, video, 3:40 (2004)
  • Sanders, H. Michael and David Hartz (Cincinnati, OH) - Happy Accident, video, 3:00 (2007)
  • Tuthill, Joshua (Syracuse, NY) [41]- The Sexual Practice of Trees, video, 8:15 (2016) Lo-Rez

DadaVision: Performance - 1:02:12

This is a performance featured as a part of the Dada Lives! exhibition.

Image of man's face in only red and green
  • Bennett, John M. and C. Mehrl Bennett [EM01/EM02] - MIRRORS MÁSCARAS by John M. Bennett Read by Four, video, 2:12 (2016)
  • Bennett, John M. and C. Mehrl Bennett [EM01/EM02] - GAEZ and VEXR, video, 10:00 (2016)
  • Derr, Robert Ladislas (Columbus, OH) [EM18] - 58 Kisses, video, 5:33 (2012)
  • Derr, Robert Ladislas (Columbus, OH) [EM18] - Attempt at a Mistake, video, 5:00 (2013)
  • Gladden, David & Tara (Salisbury, MD) [06] - Revolution, video, 6:38 (2014) Lo-Rez, Hi-Rez
  • Hill, Emma (Whalley, Lancashire, UK) [10] - Chair Interaction 2, video, 1:45 (2015) Lo-Rez
  • Hill, Emma (Whalley, Lancashire, UK) [10] - Chair Interaction 3, video, 0:26 (2015) Lo-Rez
  • Hill, Emma (Whalley, Lancashire, UK) [10] - Chair Noises, video, 2:49 (2015) Lo-Rez
  • Hill, Emma (Whalley, Lancashire, UK) [10] - Normal Conversation, video, 1:00 (2014) Lo-Rez
  • Hill, Emma (Whalley, Lancashire, UK) [10] - I Think We Should Talk, video, 0:36 (2015) Lo-Rez
  • Hill, Emma (Whalley, Lancashire, UK) [10] - Shoe Experiment, video, 0:29 (2015) Lo-Rez
  • Hill, Emma (Whalley, Lancashire, UK) [10] - Misrepresentation, video, 0:59 (2015) Lo-Rez
  • Hill, Emma (Whalley, Lancashire, UK) [10] - An Onion's Fury, video, 3:07 (2015) Lo-Rez
  • Mihaileanu, Alex (Bucharest, Romania) [55] - Self.ish, video, 1:16 (2016) Lo-Rez
  • Mitsenmacher, Eden (Tel Aviv, Israel) [09] - Seagull, video, 2:44 (2015) Lo-Rez
  • Mitsenmacher, Eden (Tel Aviv, Israel) [09] - Duration, video, 0:43 (2013) Lo-Rez
  • Sanders, H. Michael and William Boyle (Cincinnati, OH) - Magnetic Resonance Medley, video, 11:30 (2011)
  • Stephens, Kristin (Mason, OH) [05] - Day 4, video, 2:32 (2016) Lo-Rez

Centennial Celebration of Dada at UC Blue Ash College Art Gallery

What involves four continents; over 20 nations; over 25 US states; 64 American artists; 36 international artists; a live, hungry chicken; over 120 two-dimensional works of art; over 30 sculptures; more than 39 videos; a solid half-dozen unclassifiable works; crazy stuff purchased on Etsy; three audience participation projects, plus a potential portrait of every idiot entering the room; two mannequins; numerous certified threats to dental health; two websites; four broadcast TV programs; live and machine-generated poetry readings; a musical performance on a quartet of bicycle wheels; dozens of broadsides and slogan-bearing placards; reams of text that devolve the English language into impenetrable mist; and the launch of one new, unnecessary journal; all of which will be tightly crammed into the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College Art Gallery?

It's called Dada Lives!

Dada Lives! is an international exhibition by contemporary Dada-inspired artists from across the United States, and over 20 other nations, conceived to celebrate the centennial of the founding of the Dada movement in 1916. The exhibition's opening reception is also the publication party for a new, contemporary Dada art and poetry review, MetaDada: The International Journal of Dada Mining, the inaugural issue of which will be published on the 100th anniversary of the first Dada publication, Cabaret Voltaire, which appeared on May 15, 1916.

The exhibition will include four curated programs of Dada-inspired video work, collectively called "DadaVision," that will be presented in the gallery, three of these programs will also broadcast over UCTV, University of Cincinnati's broadcast television station. The broadcast programming will also be available as live streaming online.

More in-depth information about the exhibition and screenings will also be available on the MetaDada blog, which will feature additional works not included in the exhibition as well as reviews, interviews and critical response to the exhibition. Viewer participation dada-collage contests and DIY dada-poetry opportunities will be among the features of the MetaDada site that are being promoted in conjunction with the Dada Lives! exhibition.

Old photo with man standing wearing a hat and cape

This centennial exhibition was organized and curated by H. Michael Sanders, UCBA professor of electronic media, for the UCBA Art Gallery. Professor Sanders has noted that Dada is one of the most pervasively influential forces in contemporary art, "Dada forms the foundation for most of the visual art practices from the modernist period onward including surrealism, pop art, performance, conceptual art and much more. This exhibition is an appropriately random survey of contemporary dada-inspired work by artists around the world." Professor Sanders added, "Dada is not an historical art movement, but a frame of reference for seeing the inherently illogical nature of human beings and finding ways to utilize this feature of our mind in spontaneously positive ways to cut through the sea of dreck we confront daily."

The opening reception, free and open to the public from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29, will feature several visitor participation pieces, dada poetry readings and other dada-inspired performances including an ensemble of Duchamp bicycle wheels performing dada sound compositions. The reception will also serve as the launch party for the print version of the contemporary dada journal MetaDada. We've heard rumors that local boy-made-good George Clooney (and maybe his dad Nick), along with Snoop Dog and crew, and actress Emma Thompson will all quite possibly be there to get their Dada on! They may also be joined by America's oldest living dadaist, Ezekiel Snow, who is currently really old.

Dada Lives! Participating Artists

100 Artists Celebrating 100 Years of Dada

  • Julie Amrany, Highwood, IL
  • Zeren Badar, New York, NY
  • Myrna Williams Baker, Ellenville, NY
  • Brandin Barón, San Francisco, CA
  • Mister Basic, Los Angeles, CA
  • Danielle Baudrand, Keene, NH
  • John M. Bennett, Columbus, OH
  • C. Mehrl Bennett, Columbus, OH
  • Matt Bennett, Cincinnati, OH
  • William Boyle, Cincinnati, OH
  • Peace Brarda (Chasco Group), Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Paul Bright, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Jeff Case, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • John Chang, Pasadena, CA
  • Carolina Chocron (Chasco Group), Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Alexandre Dang, Brussels, Belgium
  • Malgorzata Dawidek, London, UK
  • Robert Ladislas Derr, Columbus, OH
  • Alex Drummer, Rochester Hills, MI
  • Olga Evanusa-Rowland, Corte Madera, CA
  • Jeff Falk, Phoenix, AZ
  • Ted Ferdinand, Cincinnati, OH
  • Sherman Finch, Cypress, TX
  • Peter Fitzpatrick, Chicago, IL
  • Mark Franz, Athens, OH
  • Julia Geiser, Basel, Switzerland
  • David Gladden & Tara Gladden, Salisbury, MD
  • Nathan Gorgen, Columbus, OH
  • Daniel Gray, Denver, CO
  • GubRoshka London, UK
  • Ron Guetta, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Olga Guse, Dresden, Germany
  • Shawn Marie Hardy, Eugene, OR
  • Lucy Julia Hale, Cave Springs, GA
  • David Hartz, Cincinnati, OH
  • Craig Hill, Gambier, OH
  • Emma Hill, Whalley, Lancashire UK
  • Thomas Kyhn Rovsing Hjørnet, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Federico Hurtado (Chasco Group), Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jonathan James, Millersville, MD
  • Eric Juth, Winston Salem NC
  • Vasilis Karvounis, Athens Greece
  • Anna Kautenburger, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Richard Kegler, Aurora, New York
  • Jeno István Kovács, Tata, Hungary
  • Erin Jefferson, Tampa, FL
  • Lane Last, Martin, TN
  • Victoria Lavorini, Columbus, OH
  • Leon 47, New York, NY
  • Mandee Logsdon, Cincinnati, OH
  • Maria Manoli, Athens, Greece
  • Brian Matthews, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Helge Meyer & Katje Richter (Richter/Meyer/Marx), Berlin, Germany
  • Alex Mihăileanu, Bucharest, Romania
  • Biljana Miljkovic, Smederevska Palanka, Serbia
  • Seth Miller, Columbus, OH
  • Eden Mitsenmacher, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Soumya Netrabile, Oak Park IL
  • Katie Norman, Muncie, IN
  • Howard M. “Burnt” Nortonn, Paris, France
  • Lee Nutbean, Plymouth, Devon UK
  • Benjamin O’Brien, Marseille, France
  • Danielle O’Brien, Falls Church, VA
  • Joseph Pankowski, Omaha, NE
  • Jean-Philippe Paumier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Neal Peterson, Minneapolis, MN
  • Rhonda Pettit, Erlanger, KY
  • Yu Shuk Pui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Reza Rafiei Rad, Tehran, Iran
  • Andrea Rahtz, Cincinnati, OH
  • Seamus Riordan, Chicago, IL
  • Tres Roemer, Dayton, OH
  • Kathleen Rogers, Summit NJ
  • Andre Rubin, Philadelphia, PA
  • Yoav Ruda, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Emmett Sandberg, Oshkosh, WI
  • H. Michael Sanders, Cincinnati, OH
  • Chelsea R. Sanders, Cincinnati, OH
  • Dory R. Sanders, Cincinnati, OH
  • John Sanderson, New York, NY
  • Zach Sawan, Cincinnati, OH
  • Lisa Schilling, Tokyo, Japan
  • Teresa Sites, Bethesda, MD
  • Ekim Srednas, Dayton, OH
  • Kerstin Stephan, Hamburg, Germany
  • Kristin Stephens, Mason, OH
  • Margaret Suchland, Oro Valley, AZ
  • Matthew Talbot-Kelly, Gibson, BC Canada
  • Michael P. Tan, Brooklyn, NY
  • Robert Thurlow, Dracut, MA
  • Nicole Trimble, Cincinnati, OH
  • Joshua Tuthill, Syracuse, NY
  • Elijah Van Benschoten, Cincinnati, OH
  • Simone Van der Kroef, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Betsy Van Die, Rolling Meadows, IL
  • Magdalene Wanderlust, Glasgow, Scotland UK
  • Jake Weigel, Odessa, TX
  • Mathias Will, Hamburg, Germany
  • Chris Williard, Calgary, Alberta Canada
  • Frances Willoughby, Bournemouth, UK
  • John Wolfer, Cincinnati, Ohio


The UC Blue Ash Art Gallery is supported by the Office of the Dean and the departments of Art & Visual Communication and Electronic Media Communications. This exhibition is curated by H. Michael Sanders and John Wolfer. Gallery publications are edited by H. Michael Sanders and designed by Michael Ziepfel. John Wolfer is gallery director.


Contact Information

Phone: 513-936-1712
Email: bagaller@ucmail.uc.edu