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Worksheet eleven Collage is a gluing together of fragments. These can be of different material and origin: paper, images, cloth, pieces of wood, metal, glass, postcards, theatre tickets, miniatures, toys, light bulbs, newsprint, posters, daubs of paint, splashes, stains, images from magazines, photos, film frames. Collages are assembled usually on a flat surface as with Cubist collages, either two-dimensional like paintings or in relief and three-dimensional, sometimes mixed, a piece of wood, metal or paper standing out from the flat, like painting and like sculpture at once. The idea of collage has been extended by installation works, such as Godard’s exhibition at the Pompidou Centre: Collage de France (a play of ‘collage’ and ‘college’, of a form and of a reality), or the Combines of Robert Rauschenberg, consisting of objects placed beside one another in a gallery space and like a sculpture defining space, made of the everyday and found objects: a ladder, a light bulb, a fountain of plumbing pipes, a chair, a painted canvas, a wrecked car, a bed, a television screen projecting a scene endlessly on a loop. Rauschenberg would go out on expeditions, wandering about looking for and collecting junk and debris. These would be the materials of his ‘works’. The fragments of collage are heterogeneous and the relation between them more often than not indirect and obscure (a light bulb and a stuffed goat). Each fragment suggests an elsewhere from which it originally came, though the fragment, because not obviously linked to other fragments in the collage nor constrained by its origin (the fragment is always a displacement) seems autonomous, that is, it is free to combine (a Bressonian principle). The fragment, so decontextualised, is, by that fact, released from any specific moorings or place. Because of its relative freedom and its being surrounded by other fragments equally free, the possibility of complex and multiple relations is considerable. The collage is a field or a map of relations, possibilities, pathways, ideas, associations, intersections, traces, or it is like a piece of music or dance, fragments in counterpoint, that lightly touch one another to give these still and silent compositions a rhythm though the ‘sound’ can seem (in the case of Godard and Rauschenberg) a cacophony or superimpositions. Rather than the collage representing something and thereby serving as vehicle or medium (like a portrait,
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2011 for the course FIL 3363C taught by Professor Samrohdie during the Fall '09 term at University of Central Florida.

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