2008: PublishingTHE NEWPAPERArtist NewspaperVarious Artists 40pp. Ed.2000. £1
The Newpaper is a newspaper about artists and writers who make work out of the language, structure and material of newspapers. Two issues were produced, the first in broadsheet format in 2007, the second issue in tabloid format in 2008.
Issue 2Edited by Eleanor Vonne Brown, cover artwork by Michalis Pichler, with contributions by: Kenneth Goldsmith, Vibeke Tandberg, Tony Swain, Matt Bryans, Michalis Pichler, Anke te Heesen, Agnasi Abaili, (Un)limited, Eleanor Vonne Brown, Sue Tompkins, John E Allen, Jochem Hendricks, Alya Karame, Hugh Mendes, James Prez, Savannah Gorton, Advert Break, Metin Alsanjak, Michele Robecchi.
Around 1920, the artistic principles of collage and montage animated literature, painting photography, and film equally. Whereas “collage” means “to glue” and implies handiwork, “montage” has a much more industrial background; since the Encyclopedié, it has been defined as a process by which one assembles the parts of a mechanism. A montage needs a mechanic; it involves fitting together ready-made parts to form a machine or product. It was during the First World War that the term “montage” came to be used with arts. To understand the use of newspaper clippings and its meaning, to understand why and when the cutting-and-pasting practices of scissors, paper, and scrapbooks became so important, one has to take into account the principle of montage. This principle has in turn to be understood against the background of the conveyor belt and the division of labour: the first conveyor belt was installed in 1913 in Henry Ford’s factory, at approximately the same time as film and its cutting techniques were developed. The common principle here is the creation of a product out of ready-made parts.
Excerpt from Anke te Heesen