The cut up method of Brion Gysin [William S Burroughs] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Cut-Up Method of Brion Gysin. Critical Writing. Author: William S. Burroughs. Publication Type: Article in an online journal ยท Article or chapter in a book. As an experimental technique, the cut-up method as applied by Cut to: English artist Brion Gysin in his room at the notorious Beat Hotel in.

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Images shift sense under the scissors smell images to sound sight to sound to kinesthetic.

Inspired by Burroughs’ and Gysin’s technique of cutting up text and rearranging it in random methd, Balch had an editor cut his footage for the documentary into little pieces and impose no control over its reassembly. Views Read Edit View history. Through the direct incorporation of cutup material, Burroughs also introduces into the trilogy important new material from popular science and popular literature: Thus Burroughs’s cutup texts are comparable to similar contemporary experiments in other arts, such as action painting, happenings, and aleatory music.

Here, say, or poems you have read over many times. In addition to drugs, sex, and power as aspects of man’s addictive nature, Burroughs adds an analysis of control over human beings exercised by language “the Word”time, ct space i. Fill a page with excerpts. Right here write now. Also in the s, painter and writer Brion Gysin more fully developed the cut-up method after accidentally re-discovering it. Cutting and rearranging a page of written words introduces a new dimension into writing enabling the writer to turn images in cinematic variation.


Burroughs also suggested cut-ups may be effective as a form of divination saying, “When you cut into the present the future leaks out. Cut streets of the world. Anybody can make cut-ups. But you can introduce the unpredictable spontaneous factor with a pair of scissors. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Cultural appropriation Appropriation in sociology Articulation in sociology Trope literature Academic dishonesty Authorship Genius Intellectual property Recontextualisation.

William S. Burroughs Cut-up Technique

Sometimes dut says much the same thing. Cut gambling scene in with a thousand gambling scenes all times and places. Cut the word lines and you will hear their voices.

Although Burroughs has credited Gysin with discovering the cutup, he has also acknowledged similar literary experiments in the works of Tzara, Stein, Eliot, and Dos Passos. Thus Burroughs’s use of cutups develops his juxtaposition technique to its logical conclusion as an experimental prose method, and he also makes use of all contemporary media, expanding his use of popular culture. And you have a new page. Composition studies Technical writing Articulation sociological.

What is the Cut-Up Method?

gyskn He began deliberately cutting newspaper articles into sections, which he randomly rearranged. Gysin introduced Burroughs to the technique at the Beat Hotel. Cutting Rimbaud and you are assured of good poetry at least if not personal appearance. Cut-ups are for everyone.

Collagewhich was popularized roughly contemporaneously with the Surrealist movement, sometimes incorporated texts such as newspapers or brochures.


Dr Neumann in his Theory of Games and Economic behavior introduces the cut-up method of random action into game and military strategy: Eliot, Kafka, Shakespeare, Conrad, Graham Greene, and Coleridge are the most prominent in the trilogy, and their juxtaposition with banal popular materials is another example of Burroughs’s pop-art technique, which integrates high and low culture.

Methos a surrealist rally in the s Tristan Tzara the man from nowhere proposed to create a poem on the spot by pulling words out of a hat. It did not occur to them to push the two objects off the table and see how they fall.

On the suburban air improbable desertions. The most important addition from popular culture is the science fiction material, which Burroughs finds most appropriate to express his analysis of word and image controls and their destruction by the cutup technique.

Cut the word lines and you will hear their voices. Images shift sense under the scissors smell images to sound sight to sound sound to kinesthetic. Rimbaud announces himself, to be followed by some excruciatingly bad poetry. It is experimental in the sense of being something to do. And used by the moving and still camera.