ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Most of us learned about collage through construction paper and a pair of stubby scissors in elementary school. Collage animators took that early training and sliced it into art.
Online at 516arts.org, “Cut Up or Shut Up!” is a compendium of collage animation dating from the 1920s to the 2000s. The international collection includes several of the “first wave” of collage animators who created this experimental work in cut and paste format before the advent of the internet.
Its companion exhibit “Collage in Motion” gathers examples by contemporary animators, curated by independent filmmaker Lisa Barcy, who teaches animation at Chicago’s DePaul University.
Curator Bryan Konefsky, the president of Basement Films and an associate professor at the University of New Mexico, lifted the title “Cut Up or Shut Up!” from a 1972 text by Beat writer William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin. The pair explored a cut-up writing technique first popularized in the 1960s.