I didn't know much about Dada until I attended part of a Dada celebration - it's been 100 years since the movement first began.
When my friend Jenny mentioned she was reading poetry for the local celebrations of this event, I had to rack my brains as to what knowledge I had of this movement.
The image that immediately came to mind was of a melting watch or a clock, but that turned out to be Dali I was thinking of and his painting, 'The Persistence Of Memory' (aptly enough as it turned out, considering I was searching my own memory).
I now know a little more, so here are my random thoughts in no particular order (which is possibly very Dada).
Dada is French for hobby horse; or maybe means rocking horse.
The movement (Dadaism) itself started in Switzerland during the First World War.
It is against war and anything that smacks of dictatorship or sense of entitlement.
It is an avant garde movement associated with radical leftist thinkers.
It is associated with Cubism and surrealism.
Dada intersects with art / literary, politics and culture.
There are no rules in the Dada movement; rules and reason are anathema to the Dada movement.
The Dada centenary exhibition and performance space was held in a cool (literally and figuratively) underground building that stretches underneath part of the Octagon in Dunedin.
New Zealand poet, Jenny Powell