Collage as a language of migration

(german version)

In 2015, we were presented with a fait accompli: a cross-border population movement, that lead to a destabilization of countries which caused them to lose, or gain, people in its manner.

We may debate about this overall scenario, the dynamics of this occurrence trying to appeal to reason of the directors in the back- and foreground. We may loose our faith and classify all truths as politically correct propaganda within the increasing terror of the society's opinion.

But we may also actually DO SOMETHING! Because everything that we do, what everyone of us does, even apparently the most meaningless little thing, might result in great changes.
(see: The theory of chaos - The butterfly effect)
The idea is to make an impact on the relief of consequences of this overwhelming, humanitarian challenge.

We can build up constructive interference between cultures on the principle of communication binding everything within life, in order to dissolve blockades within the dynamic development and provide the system with possibilities to restructure itself in a way allowing a life with individual or collective suffering, significantly lesser or revoked.

We are currently in a process of a fundamental social transformation.
The revolutionary step in our evolution that we currently face is to precisely differentiate what the reality is and what the references to reality are. The time for co-evolution has come – for a common, related to ne another, evolution of the „sub“- systems.

Communication means behavior affecting other behavior resulting of a social feedback of people.
Without communication, no individual or collective learning within organizations can occur. Without communication, no social systems can be built and sustained.

Collage as a protest against rigid conventions within society, culture and politics. (In 2016, it celebrates its hundredth anniversary.)

Dadaism (1916–1922/25), a protest movement against war, tedium and bourgeoisie
Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), Man Ray (1890–1976), Hannah Höch (1889–1978)

Surrealism (1924–1930), triggered by dealing with the unconscious
Max Ernst (1891–1976), Salvador Dalí (1904–1989), Joan Miró (1893–1983) René Magritte (1898–1967)

Pop Art (1958–1968, confronts the society with responsibility through work with the products of mass production
Richard Hamilton, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg

Collage is suitable for questioning defined meanings and for transforming these into new meanings through on trial combination.

Within the collage, the coincidence functions as a part of an overall plan, where the participant consciously lay foundations for the coincidence consciously choosing, associating and fixing random results. Collages allow to merge a variety of thoughts and to revoke countless memories while contemplating a single picture.
Collage makes the inner world of the participant, her/his moods, feelings and dreams visible simultaneously.

It promotes the expansion of conscience and sensibilization in the participants,as well as the viewers.
The work on a collage means searching, finding, collecting, playing, choosing, associating, combining, reprobating, exchanging, being prepared for the unexpected, speculating upon the coincidence and courage for experiments.
It is a technique, which does not transgress against the aniconism – the theological dilemma – the participant uses fragments of newspapers as „meanings of speech“.

The human brain is a picture creating organ – science states that just 10% of what happens within it are verbal processes. The rest of it are images.
Collages are ideal means for the non-verbal communication requiring no artistic knowledge or abilities.
They are suitable for workshops without any specific therapeutic training.
It is a reative utilization of leisure time, gathering of positive powers in shared projects where new behavior patterns come to light.

The plan is to make a selection of collages publicly available in an exhibition in autumn 2016.
Those who have the possibility, courage and feel like confronting themselves with this kind of communication, may take a look at some details of this technique along wth some collage examples on: (english version) (german version)

People of good will, unite!

Peace ful regards!
Malgorzata Horak, Art Therapist
Berlin, Germany

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