Their rallying cry was "Dada," a word that meant nothing, aimed to mean nothing, and was adopted precisely because of its absence of meaning.
TO MAKE A DADAIST POEM.
Take a newspaper
Take some scissors.
Choose from this paper an article of the length you want to make your poem.
Cut out the article.
Next carefully cut out each of the words that make up this article and put them all in a bag.
Next take out each cutting one after the other.
Copy conscientiously in the order in which they left the bag.
The poem will resemble you.
And there you are – an infinitely original author of charming sensibility, even though unappreciated by the vulgar herd.
Tristan Tzara 1920
...a historical documentary on the little known but highly influential early 20th century absurdist arts movement known as Dada. The clips below, are from the documentary.