»Comparing apples
and oranges is my
daily bread.«

Juli Gudehus

Collage

I work with what is there. That I dissect and recombine. Texts, images, material, digital. In our world today there is plenty.

The technique is age-old. The collage with needle and thread – »patchwork« – dates back ot 1,000 b. Chr., the collage with stones and shards – »mosaic« – is much older. The recombination of texts – »montage« – has been practised since the Middle Ages, the one of music – »medley«, later »potpourri« – since the Renaissance. The collage (french »coller« = to glue) with scissors and glue – also »assemblage« – arrived in the arts in the beginning of the 20th century. Photography already knew means of recombination that freed themselves from the material world. The reframing of something existing by pure alteration of context by Marcel Duchamp I equally see as being related to the collage.

Only since the end of the 20th century the collage made possible by the computer – basically all of it »samplings« – provokes questions that nobody came to mind earlier. That makes the technique of the collage so controversial as never before.