Subversive fragments. The evolution of the cut-up method in the German speaking area throughout the 1960s and the 1970s

Gabriele Bacherini


1. Purpose

The article analyses from a comparative point of view the influence of William S. Burroughs’ cut-up method on the 1960s and 1970s neo-avant-gardes in the German speaking area.

2. Methodology

The article contains several excerpts from both journals and experimental works that were written by the three most important cut-up author in the German speaking area. It shows the connections between the Dada and post-Dada movement, the cut-up movement and the pop movement.

3. Results/Findings

Works like Ploog’s Cola-Hinterland or Fauser’s Tophane, as well as Weissner’s many collaborations, proved to be some really interesting historical and sociocritical documents: the results show that the movement grew strong because the technique it had adopted proved to be the best artistic instrument to depict the subversive spirit and at the same time the alienation from the bourgeois society actually felt by the young generations of the late Sixties.


Dada; cut-up; pop art; collage; neo-avant-gardes; terrorism; Burroughs.

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