Of Dada, Broken Social Scenes, and the Science of Slap

Once upon a LONG time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (that galaxy we often refer to as “undergraduate life”), I had an inspired professor who used a New Order Video to demonstrate Dada art, which he described as the anti-art: a rising art form in the 1980s that challenged the conventions of art as refined style. The video’s intro, which features two oddly dressed individuals slapping each other, has stuck in my head ever since, which is why I like the new Broken Social Scene video for All to All (props to Spinner.com who featured the video on their front page; boos to WordPress, who doesn’t allow more than 2 or 3 embedded video formats, making me use Youtube to show it to you):

What’s ironic is, I’m not even sure how much I like the song…but the video is genius for its perfect refinement of the type of Dada art in music videos that bands like New Order and others started over 30 years ago. I particularly like the way this video mixes classic Dr. Seuss (anyone remember a story about a bug that went Kachoo?) with the Indie music revolution.

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