Looking at the newspaper clipping from 1870 to 1930 in art and science, this study examines knowledge production and its visual and material background, combining the perspectives of media history with art history and the history of science.
It traces the biography of a newspaper clipping in different fields, ranging from highly sophisticated ordering systems in the sciences, to bureaucratic archives, to their appearance in the collages of the Dadaists. Te Heesen emphasises the materiality of paper and analyses the practices connected with it, placing them and their instruments and tools within a theoretical framework. This history also sheds light on the handling of information, information overload and the generation of knowledge, drawing parallels with the internet. Te Heesen offers a counterpoint to existing works on the iconographic meaning of materials by opening up an interdisciplinary framework through the use of different case studies. -- .
Anke te Heesen is Professor of History of Science at Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin -- .
Introduction Paper objects 1. The materiality of excerpts and quotations: writing on, cutting, and pasting paper 2. The modern object: multiplicity, movement, reproduction Newspapers 3. The newspaper and the emergence of the newspaper clipping 4. Newspapers, scholarship, and clippings Clippings 5. Einstein in paper: physicist Ernst Gehrcke's clipping collection 6. Flour as paste: The newspaper fragment in the work of Kurt Schwitters 7. Order in paper: The newspaper clipping collection at the Hamburg World Economy Archive 8. The newspaper clipping and modernity Conclusion Bibliography Index -- .