Dada was a movement that responded to the horrors of war and modern society. They saw World War I as being so insane that its existence called into question the validity of the society that produced it. Dada proclaimed itself anti-war, anti-art, and was, in many ways, anarchic. The nonsense name and works of the movement were meant to draw attention to how nonsensical violence and war can be, and how insane it is to carry on with everyday life when such atrocities are occurring.