Scrittura “non creativa” tra appropriazione e collage

Andrea Pitozzi

Focusing on compositional practices such as reframing, appropriation and displacement of extant materials and texts as employed especially in the works of conceptual writer Kenneth Goldsmith, this article explores the theoretical connections between his experiments with “uncreative writing” and more accepted and canonized techniques like readymade, collage, montage and cut-up typical of avant-garde and neo-avant-garde artistic and poetic movements of the 20th Century. In particular, through a comparative textual analysis, the paper aims at showing how ideas behind collage and montage may be seen at play in Goldsmith’s Day (2003) and Capital. New York, Capital of the 20th Century (2015), two of the most representative examples of “uncreative writing”.