It’s been a while, but that’s ok. The wheel turns and the mind twists and drifts as it will. I’ve been wandering/wondering different streets of the internet, but have returned now to this old haunt.
But of course, it’s not me anymore, it’s me. I’m different since last I wrote here, as are we all. None of us are so completely static that we remain unchanged for any length of time. Me, I thrive on the volta.
Speaking of volta, I’d like to introduce you to DaMa and The Cabinet Volta.
The idea for The Cabinet Volta coalesced from a number of trails of thought, inspired principally by the passing of David Bowie and the (then) imminent date of the 100 year anniversary of the founding of The Cabaret Voltaire and the consequent birth of the Dada movement. (February 5th 1916)
Dada was an experiential response to the absurdity of War and the corruption of society, as well as a celebration of life, freedom of expression, and living in the moment. Many of the ideas and techniques developed by the Dadaists have since gained mainstream acceptance. This would include collage (both art and sound), cut-up techniques, unconventional typography, manifestos and other publications, Photomontage, Assemblage, certain aspects of performance art, even flashmobs!
However, Dada itself was never meant to be a long-lived movement, but more a reflection, or reaction, to the time. Hugo Ball, author, poet, and one of the founders of Dada, said:
“For us, art is not an end in itself… but an opportunity for the true perception and criticism of the times we live in.”
Thus it seemed appropriate to develop a concept that was fresh for NOW, whilst still echoing the importance of the original influence.
My first foray into DaMa expression came as a new release by my alter ego The Ephemeral Man. It includes new music, and five “badly taped-over classic pop album cassettes”, each with unique artwork.
The word “DaMa” was chosen to have Yin & Yang connotations (Da and Ma being slang for father and mother, respectively), as well as having other correspondences, to which I quote from Wikipedia:
- Dama gazelle (Nanger dama)
- Fallow deer (Dama dama) Tammar wallaby or dama wallaby (Macropus eugenii)
in business, science and technology:
- DAMA, the Data Management Association
- DAMA, abbreviation for “discharged against medical advice”
- Demand Assigned Multiple Access, a bandwidth allocation strategy
- DAMA/NaI, an experiment to detect dark matter
- DAMA/LIBRA, successor experiment to DAMA/NaI
- Dama, Stage name of Rasolofondraosolo Zafimahaleo, Malagasy musician, member of the band Mahaleo
- DAMA TECHNOLOGIES AG, Swiss Precision Machine builder, focus on the optical and ceramics industry.
- Dama, a name for Turkish draughts
- Dama (stage name of Rasolofondraosolo Zafimahaleo), founding member of the Madagascar folk-pop band Mahaleo
- Dama (Dune), a fictional character in Chapterhouse Dune (1985) by Frank Herbert
- Dama-fruit, a fictional fruit in Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, which renders its eaters invisible
“The Cabinet Volta” is itself of course a play on the name of “The Cabaret Voltaire”, the nightclub in Zurich where Dada was conceived and often enacted. Whereas I’d love for The Cabinet Volta to one day become a physical place that people can visit, for now it is a metaphysical space for art, protest, and performance.
- 1: A cupboard with drawers or shelves for storing or displaying articles
- 2: (also Cabinet) (In the UK, Canada, and other Commonwealth countries) the committee of senior ministers responsible for controlling government policy
- 3: archaic A small private room.
- In poetry, the volta, or turn, is a rhetorical shift or dramatic change in thought and/or emotion. Turns are seen in all types of written poetry.
- The volta (plural: voltas) (Italian: “the turn” or “turning”) is an anglicised name for a Renaissance dance for couples from the later Renaissance
- In music, a repeat sign is a sign that indicates a section should be repeated. When a repeat calls for a different ending, numbered brackets above the bars indicate which to play the first time (1), which to play the second time (2), etc. These are called “first-time bars” and “second-time bars,” or “first and second endings.” They are also known as “volta brackets” and have no limit to how many there can be.
Frequentative of volvō, formed through its perfect passive participle volūtus.
- volūtō (present infinitive volūtāre, perfect active volūtāvī, supine volūtātum); first conjugation
- I roll, turn, twist, or tumble about
- I wallow
- I ponder
- being, character, condition, rank, nature, or quality of someone or something