Cubomania

Cubomania

Cubomania is a surrealist method of making collages in which a picture or image is cut into squares and the squares are then reassembled without regard for the image, automatically "or at random, or a collage made using this method, a "rearrangement... suffic[ing] to create an entirely new work. It has been described as a "statistical method". Robert Hirsch has seemed to imply that this process can be done with digital photography.

Penelope Rosemont and Joseph Jablonski have suggested that cubomania, with other surrealist methods, can "subvert the enslaving 'message' of advertising and to free images from repressive contexts.

Cubomania was invented by the Romanian surrealist Gherasim Luca.

Using cubomania as a method for arranging soundscapes has been suggested.

See also Cut-up technique, surautomatism


This definition of cubomania is to be distinguished from the use of the word to mean "love of cubes" (or, perhaps, Rubik's Cube), or the joke about the possibility of its relating to compulsive dice playing in Shomit Dutta's translation of Aristophanes' The Wasps, and other related uses.

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