Dada artists were concerned with distancing themselves from reason, a tool that many of these artists used to achieve this was photo-montage and collage. Collage allows for the disruption of rationality, whilst using familiar and commonplace imagery found in tools of communication such as magazines, newspapers and other mass media.
I am interested in how I could deal with contemporary imagery, in similar ways to the Dada artists, in order to critique or examine the way we deal with stories within a postmodern society. My intention is to further investigate the conditions of postmodernism, and explore the mass of disjointed and obsessive narratives that form from these conditions.
Ernst was a pioneer of both the Dada and surrealist movements, his primary concern was a reaction against the logic and bourgeois sensibility that had led to the horrors of World War 1. His photo-montage work achieves this, playfully bringing together the images of the time to mock the ‘logic’ that had led to the War.
Höch’s focus was a critique of modern imagery and media – particularly on how women were represented within this, creating collages that examined the changing role of women following the War.
“Schwitters set out to make “new art forms from the remains of a former culture””
Using found materials and fragments, Schwitters is less inclined to make humorous social comments, but instead takes a disrupted wander through culture.