John Stezaker on collage
In this lull while On Site reivew 31: mapping | photography is being printed, forgive me if I am over-enthusiastic about Gestalten, a Berlin publisher of all things architecture and design, which I have just discovered. There is gestalten.tv, which these videos come from, there are stores, there are fonts, there is much to look at and think about.
This is an interview with John Stezaker on collage, which he sees as a subtraction of material rather than the building up of material usually attributed to it. And he comments on the sheer weight of images we live under, that the bombardment of images reveals an 'unconscious mythology' made evident. He works in film - this excerpt opens with a bit of one.
I've always thought in Stezaker's work there was more than a passing reference to the German collagists of the 1930s and 40s – Hannah Hoch for example, especially in Stezaker's use of images from that era, reassembled in an eery grotesque, but when he speaks about it, you get a different sense, of someone who is working almost as a photographer capturing moments where the scene suddenly assembles itself and speaks.