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“Existing knowledge must be disassembled and reassembled in new ways.”

Max Ernst

This describes precisely the principle of collage, the development of which the artist Max Ernst worked on intensely in collaboration with other Dada artists: everything was cut or torn apart and then analytically re-coordinated and reconfigured in totally new relationships so that existing things would be contemplated, observed and comprehended in a new dimension. However, Theodor W. Adorno brought forward the plausible objection that, although the tearing and cutting was clearly justified, the act of reassembling in a new frame would convey illusion and ideology.

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