Two tons of Time-Life photography books, from which the scanning book pictures are taken.


“[The] process involves … extensive and complex equipment… In this respect only architecture is a little like it: there are 'languages' that are heavier than others, more dependent on ‘hardware’.

—Christian Metz
“The Imaginary Signifier,” 1975


“…in this office books are considered raw material, spare parts, gears to be dismantled and reassembled.”
— Italo Calvino
If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller, 1979


“The body as it is perceived or experienced by the child is the fragmented body or body-in-bits-and-pieces. This is an uncoordinated, discrete assemblage of parts, exhibiting no regulated organization or internal cohesion.”

— E. Grosz Jacques
Lacan: A Feminist Introduction,
1990


Yet the Collage-Method’s materiality, which provides the context for its hands-on, embodied physicality, is, whatever its inertial mass, essentially preliminary and subsidiary. The bulky undigested matter merely marks, both literally and metaphorically, the place where formative labors are to be undertaken in the work of mental metabolization. Restoring psychic metabolization becomes, in fact, like “undoing the repression” in an earlier paradigm, the key therapeutic aim within a formative approach.