Collage as Cultural Practice
Thursday March 24 - Saturday March 26, 2005
The University of Iowa


The 2005 Obermann Humanties Symposium "Collage as Cultural Practice" sought to examine interventionist collage practices in all media, with an emphasis on the social, political, and legal implications of this method of appropriation. The conference, which took place March 24-26, 2005 at the University of Iowa, interrogated the political and social dimensions of collage as a practice that enables oppositional commentary across the cultural spectrum: from the leftist collages of the Dadaists and the Situationists to the unauthorized use of corporate trademarks, interventions by queer activists, and the more recent flurry of Internet-distributed antiwar video collage pieces that appropriate from the mainstream media in satirical ways.

This conference brought together scholars of, and practitioners in, the media of film and video, music, literature, visual arts and beyond-mounting a series of panels, performances and screenings, and an exhibition at the University of Iowa Museum of Art on Interventionist Collage: From Dada to the Present.

Plenary Speakers: Patricia Zimmermann, Douglas Kahn, Rosemary Coombe, Carrie McLaren, Philo T. Farnsworth, Tom Forsythe, Joshua Clover, Craig Baldwin, Ximena Cuevas, Pierre Joris, Lloyd Dunn, and Steev Hise.

Featured Performances: The Tape-beatles and Negativland's Mark Hosler.


Click here for the conference schedule.