Recently I was struck by the obvious: in the etiology of all psychotoxic disturbances the wrong kind of emotional supplies is conspicuous.
Derailment of Dialogue, 1964
idea of an immense photographic archive was at first rejected because
it posed such huge difficulties of classification: how could discrete
elements be isolated in the continuum of images?
Very frequently also they are used tautologically so that the photograph merely repeats what is being said in words. Memory is not unilinear at all. Memory works radially, that is to say with an enormous number of associations all leading to the same event. The diagram is like this:
In the midst
of collage-making, when formative processes are most fully engaged, the
maker experiences a meditative stillness, as if the non-discursive, synchronic
moment of language (langue) had itself been directly felt. This uniquely
expressive yet quiet center becomes all the more significant for having
been established precisely at the hurricanes vortex, where the collectivized
debris of image-clutter can at last be idiosyncratically sedimented and
laid to rest.
The methods material substance points, finally, beyond itself to the fact that the elusive yet therapeutically all-important processes that go under the name of internalization the creative moments that establish new inner form may be approached as a far less subjective ensemble of events than is generally supposed. In the Collage Method the conventional approach to psychotherapy is, in this sense, turned inside out. What are, in a conventional therapeutic setting, the most inscrutably inner psychic sequences of signification are, through the actions elicited by the Collage Method, externalized and displayed. The mysterious boundary-shifting moment whereby language permits the expression of an utterly personal content via an utterly impersonal, collective medium is here metaphorically enacted in an image-process. This process is, in turn, able to display linguistic mechanisms (including those essential to the action of internalization) that are, ironically, difficult to to render in verbalized discourse itself. The therapeutic implications that derive from this externalizing inversion are, then, the methods ultimate justification.