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the cut-up technique

The cut-up technique is an aleatory literary technique in which a text is cut up and rearranged to create a new text. Most commonly, cut-ups are used to offer a non-linear alternative to traditional reading and writing.

The concept can be traced to at least the Dadaists of the 1920s, but was popularized in the late 1950s and early 1960s by writer William S. Burroughs, and has since been used in a wide variety of contexts.

For further reading see source Wikipedia; cut-up technique.

This site is used for a silent comment on actual issues daily coming up in the visual realms of journalism. By cutting up actual newspictures, the actuality is set into perspective. Combining newspictures or classic paintings can lead to a cartoonesque image.

The technique of photomontage has been effectively used by John Heartfield from 1930 on in opposing the emerging NAZI-regime. A more recent example of an artist who uses this technique to convey a new meaning is Klaus Staeck.

For more reading see Raoul Hausmann, Alexander Rodchenko, Herbert Bayer, Hannah Hoech, Laslo Moholy-Nagy, Richard Hamilton and Jamie Reid.