Dragan Aleksić (1901–64) was a Yugoslav poet, journalist, and filmmaker, as well as the initiator of Yugoslav Dada. He contributed articles about Dada to the Yugoslav avant-garde journal Zenit until 1922, when he published his own journals, Dada-Tank and Dada Jazz. Dada-Tank featured poems by Tristan Tzara and Kurt Schwitters, and an excerpt from Huelsenbeck’s introduction of Dada Almanach, all of which Aleksić translated into Serbo-Croatian. He was in contact with leading European Dadaists, as well as with the founding members of the Czech avant-garde group Devĕtsil, Karel Teige, and Jaroslav Seifert. He established a “purebred troop” of Dadaists, intending to develop the group into a movement, and performed at Dadaist manifestations in Osijek, Vinkovci, and Subotica. Aleksić published Dadaist texts up to 1928 and actively collaborated with the domestic and international journals Ut (Novi Sad), MA (Vienna), Hypnos, Black on White, Eternity, and 50 in Europe (Belgrade). In 1924 Aleksić helped Boško Tokin to direct Kačaci on Topčider or So Help Us God, an unfinished and lost avant-garde film burlesque in two acts based on the screenplay by writer Branimir Cosić.
Jennifer Zoble is a writer, editor, educator, and literary translator. She coedits InTranslation, the online journal of international literature that she cofounded in 2007 at The Brooklyn Rail; teaches academic and creative writing in the interdisciplinary liberal studies program at NYU; and translates Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian- and Spanish-language literature. Her translations have appeared in Anomalous, Washington Square, Absinthe, The Iowa Review, The Baffler, and Stonecutter, among others. She is the founding coproducer of the international radio drama podcast Play for Voices, slated to launch in the fall of 2016.
Aleksandar Bošković is a lecturer in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian at Columbia University, where he teaches courses on the intersection of literature and visual culture in the Slavic avant-gardes, Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav cinema, and South Slavic literature. He is the author of The Poetic Humor in Vasko Popa’s Oeuvre (Institute for Literature and Art in Belgrade, 2008).
Ian McLellan Davis (design) is a composer, guitarist, singer, and visual artist based in New York City. He tours and performs regularly with Relatives and Landlady and has worked as an orchestral arranger with artists such as Feist, Daniel Rossen (of Grizzly Bear), and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond). His musical work has been featured on NPR, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Pitchfork. He teaches with the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Program, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and the Third Street Music Settlement. His visual work has been featured in harlequin creature, at the WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor, and on his blog.