Hugo Ball

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Hugo Ball (22 February 1886 – 14 September 1927) was a German author, poet and one of the leading Dada artists.

Hugo Ball was born in Pirmasens, Germany and was raised in a middle-class Catholic family. He studied sociology and philosophy at the universities of Munich and Heidelberg (1906–1907). In 1910, he moved to Berlin in order to become an actor and collaborated with Max Reinhardt.... more »

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  • ''The symbolic view of things is a consequence of long absorption in images. Is sign language the real language of Paradise?''
    Hugo Ball (1886-1927), German dadaist poet. Flight out of Time: A Dada Diary, entry for April 8, 1917 (1927).
  • ''We should burn all libraries and allow to remain only that which everyone knows by heart. A beautiful age of the legend would then begin.''
    Hugo Ball (1886-1927), German Dadaist poet. Flight out of Time: A Dada Diary, entry for January 9, 1917 (1927).
  • ''Everywhere, the ethical predicament of our time imposes itself with an urgency which suggests that even the question "Have we anything to eat?" will be answered not in material but in ethical terms.''
    Hugo Ball (1886-1927), German dadaist poet. Quoted in Dada: Art and Anti-Art, ch. 1, "The Language of Paradise," Hans Richter (1964).
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