"History is more or less Bunk .. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history that we make today"
"I met some Americans in Paris who were quite influential and they gave me piles of magazines which I used for a collage in a timid way, because when I did these early collages, nobody quite thought they were art at the time." (E. Paolozzi, quoted in exhibition catalogue, When Britain went Pop: The Early Years, London, Christie's Mayfair, 2013, p.38).
Out of these 'piles of magazines' came the glossy adverts, comic book and science fiction charatcters that were to form the torn sheets and collages that Paolozzi used in his seminal lecture, BUNK!
Performed to fellow members of the Independent Group at the ICA in April 1952, the lecture's central themes and imagery were undoubtably an important precursor to British Pop Art, if not in fact seminal Pop Art works themselves.