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“Cut: Film as Found Object in Contemporary Video”

Milwaukee Art Museum

In 1919–20, Hannah Höch juxtaposed figures and text sourced from popular print media to critique the male-dominated culture of Weimar Germany in her photomontage Schnitt mit dem Kuchenmesser Dada durch die letze weimarer Bierbauchkulturepoche Deutschlands (Cut with the Kitchen Knife Dada through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch of Germany). Half a century later, Conceptual artists adapted cut-and-paste techniques to the deconstruction of authorship and authenticity. And in the ’80s, appropriations from mass media by Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, and others became associated with a tactic of negation that aimed to further undermine received ideas of originality and hierarchy. But in the past few years, as editors, archivists, VJs, and DJs have begun to enjoy the fruits of auteurlike status, these strategies have become progressively less useful as critical tools.

“Cut: Film as

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