Hugo BALL (1886 – 1927)

LibriVox volunteers bring you 17 recordings of Karawane by Hugo Ball. This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 5th, 2010.

Ball wrote his poem “Karawane,” which is a German poem consisting of nonsensical words. The meaning however resides in its meaninglessness, reflecting the chief principle behind Dadaism.

Dada or Dadaism is a cultural movement that began in Zürich, Switzerland, during World War I and peaked from 1916 to 1922.[1] The movement primarily involved visual arts, literature—poetry, art manifestoes, art theory—theatre, and graphic design, and concentrated its anti-war politics through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti-art cultural works. Its purpose was to ridicule what its participants considered to be the meaninglessness of the modern world. In addition to being anti-war, dada was also anti-bourgeois and anarchistic in nature.(summary from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Poetry, Multi-version (Weekly and Fortnightly poetry)

Language: English

Play01 Karawane – Read by AC Anne Cheng 00:00:51
Play02 Karawane – Read by DL David Lawrence 00:01:01
Play03 Karawane – Read by DRB David Barnes 00:00:59
Play04 Karawane – Read by DW Dirk Weber 00:01:05
Play05 Karawane – Read by ELLI Elli 00:00:44
Play06 Karawane – Read by EZWA Ezwa 00:00:50
Play07 Karawane – Read by GHS Algy Pug 00:00:47
Play08 Karawane – Read by HF Karlsson 00:00:59
Play09 Karawane – Read by JCM Jason Mills 00:00:53
Play10 Karawane – Read by LLW Leonard Wilson 00:01:01
Play11 Karawane – Read by MG Martin Geeson 00:01:40
Play12 Karawane – Read by MGT Maria Grazia Tundo 00:00:54
Play13 Karawane – Read by NJB Nicholas James Bridgewater 00:01:14
Play14 Karawane – Read by RG Ruth Golding 00:01:08
Play15 Karawane – Read by RJD Ryan DeRamos 00:01:21
Play16 Karawane – Read by SR Sonja 00:01:00
Play17 Karawane – Read by TG TriciaG 00:00:54