Dadahead has posted a wonderful and uplifting list of quotes about Dada.
Dadaism is great of course, as is situationism and postmonsterism, among an uncountable infinity of other isms very much deserving of your time and enthusiasm. Among these is Neoism, which names the simultaneous emergence of the new (‘neo’) and the well-defined (‘ism’).
There is no way to become a neoist, and therefore no reason to do so. Neoism strongly recommends that you do your very best to embrace all other isms before turning to neoism.
Neoists communicate primarily in the form of brief koans or parables or performances, such as the following:
Two girls wearing silver overalls and Monty Cantsin-look alike masks visited Monty Cantsin. The first girl said: “I bet this is an allegory.” The second said: “You have won.” The first said: “But only allegorically.” The second said: “No, in reality. In allegory, you have lost.”
When you try to explain something you often end up in confusion. Meanwhile if you try to create confusion you might come up with a perfect nonsense.
Wearing sandwich boards that said in English & French: “Neoist Parking Meter Action – Pay Me to Go Away”
& wearing a parking meter hood over my face, I stood at empty parking places
& waited for cars to park there. Then I followed the drivers when they left their cars with an impassive face & my hand out-stretched mechanically. The drivers all avoided me by walking somewhere where I wasn’t – after which I left a Neoist Parking Ticket under their windshield wiper. Finally disgusted by what I thought was a mediocre response to my imaginative begging, I started to walk back to the LOW theatre. En route, 2 guys stopped me & asked me what I was doing. When I explained, they thought it was so funny that they pretended to get out of a car & gave me money.
Neoism is the invention of Istvan Kantor, who gave us the name Monty Cantsin.
Cantsin is a name chosen/invented by Cantsin to refer to an international star who can be anyone. The name is fixed, the people using it aren’t. What is usually an egoistical role (star) becomes abstracted by its disassociation from a particular person. When someone thinks/feels that the star context/advantage might be useful, they can “wear” the Cantsin identity.
It’s fair to say that Monty Cantsin is motivated purely by sexual desire.
If you wish to understand Neoism, write down again and again the same word: Neoism. Do it until you get really sick. Then run into the bathroom and take a shit. This is a simple everyday exercise to keep a very close and continuous contact with Neoism.
There are endless meditative action routines to keep our body and mind in total awarness of Neoism.