Sunday, December 25, 2005

Mayor says it's time for nonsense

Lawrence residents, pay heed to what your mayor has to say — “zimzim urallala zimzim urallala zimzim zanzibar zimzalla zam.”

No, really.

Mayor Boog Highberger wants to awaken Lawrence to the wacky world of Dadaism, an early 20th century art movement that embraced chance, randomness and nonsense. On Tuesday, Highberger will proclaim International Dadaism Month at the city’s weekly commission meeting.

As part of the proclamation, Highberger will utter the “zimzim” phrase, from a poem by Dada founder Hugo Ball, the late German author and poet. The words have no meaning, which Highberger said is the point.

“I just think it is good to acknowledge that there is a place for chance and nonsense in every healthy lifestyle,” Highberger said...
...In Dada spirit, Highberger did not select a specific month to celebrate Dada. Instead he’s proclaiming International Dada month as Feb. 4, April 1, March 28, July 15, Aug. 2, Aug. 7, Aug. 16, Aug. 26, Sept. 18, Sept. 22, Oct. 1, Oct. 17 and Oct. 26. Highberger selected the dates by rolling dice and pulling numbers from a hat.

Eris be Praised.

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