By Mark Anderson (Dark Spark)
Art, war and insanity on a grand scale
Filmed at the premiere of Furious Folly in Poperinge, Belgium 2015.
In Furious Folly, Mark Anderson leads a team of artists that, in the spirit of the Dadaists, attempt to respond to the inconceivable madness of the First World War. Taking place, as night falls, in the no-mans land between the two sides, the audience are immersed within an open-air collage of sound, kinetic devices, pyrotechnics and performance.
Anderson draws on the anti-war sentiment of the Dadaist movement of the early 20 century. The madness of the battlefield and the futility of the Great War as a whole led these artists to answer with a new artistic language, one that deliberately eschewed structure and meaning, rejecting everything that had gone before. Furious Folly uses the Dada ethos to rail against the inhumanity and senselessness of conflict past and present.
“In Zurich in 1915, losing interest in the slaughterhouse of the world war, we turned to the Fine Arts. While the thunder of the batteries rumbled in the distance, we pasted, we recited, we versified, we sang with all our soul. We searched for an elementary art that would, we thought, save mankind from the furious folly of these times.” Hans Arp founder of the Dadaist movement
Commissioned by the Town of Poperinge.
Produced by Corn Exchange Newbury and OCM.
Built at 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space.
Corn Exchange Newbury, New Greenham Arts and 101 are supported by Greenham Common Trust.
OCM and Corn Exchange Newbury are supported using public funding by Arts Council England.