Dadism. If I weren't an Abstract Expressionist, I'd be a Dadaist. A movement about the uselessness of Art is my kind of thing! The ideas of Dada informed so much of 20th Century Art, and I've been lucky enough to work directly with originals by the likes of Schwitters.
Which is why A Dad was such an easy film for me to program.
It's an experimental art film, as you would expect, but it's also a film about our expectations. It's a celebration of 100 years of Dada, but at the same time, it's calling us to the floor to defend our thoughts on art in general. It presents us images, and then makes us guess whether or not they have honest baring. The section about buying an un-playable DVD or Un-playable Blu-Ray of film we're watching for outrageous sums of money is a flat-out declaration of war against the current art and collectors scene.
The fact that this film plays so thoroughly with Dada means that it will not be for everyone - your feelings for Dad itself may well determine your feelings towards the film, but it is a 100% real experience of what Dad is at its heart, and for that, I truly believe that all viewers will find substance within in. Perhaps annoyance as well, but I'm 100% sure Tristan Tsara would have preferred it that way...
A Dad shows as a part of the Shorts Program 3 - The Truth in Art showing at the Century Redwood City on Thursday March 2nd at 330pm, Saturday March 4th at 1030am and Monday March 6th at 930pm. It also shows at the Hammer Theatre in Downtown San Jose on Friday, March 10th at 145pm.
You can learn more at conceptfilms.net
Christopher J Garcia - Curator, Fan Writer, Podcaster, and a guy who just loves art.