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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The cutup is a mechanical method of juxtaposition in which Burroughs literally cuts up passages of prose by himself and other writers and then pastes them back together at random.

A drama scripted for five voices by performance poet Hedwig Gorski in originated the idea of creating poetry only for performance instead of for print publication. Here is one way to do it.

Cut-up technique

Not something to talk and argue about. Take any poet or writer you fancy. Anybody can make cut-ups. From the early s, David Bowie used cut-ups to create some of his lyrics. The concept can be traced to at least the Dadaists of the s, but was jp in the late s and early s by writer William S.

Dr Neumann in his Theory of Games and Economic behavior introduces the cut-up method of random action into game and military strategy: Now cut the page. Views Read Edit View briln. Shakespeare Rimbaud live in their words. There is no reason to accept a second-rate product when you can have the methd. As many poems as you like. Here, say, or poems you have read over many times. Cutting and rearranging a page of written words introduces a new dimension into writing enabling the writer to turn images in cinematic variation.


It is experimental in the sense of being something to do. Drama Film Literary Theatre.

A precedent of the technique occurred during a Dadaist rally in the s in which Tristan Tzara offered to create a poem on the spot by pulling words at random from a hat. Supreme bugle burning flesh children to mist. The cutup is a way of exposing word and image controls and thus freeing oneself from them, an alteration of consciousness that occurs in both the writer and the reader of the text.

And you have a new page.

You have a new poem. Use of scissors renders the process explicit and subject to extension and variation. Certainly an improvement on the usual deplorable performance of contacted poets through a medium. On the suburban air improbable desertions. Here is one way to do it. When Gysin began experimenting with cutups in his own work, Burroughs immediately saw the similarity to the juxtaposition technique he had used in Naked Lunch and began extensive experiments with text, often with the collaboration of other writers.

As ggysin poems as you like. 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. Images shift sense under the scissors smell images brioh sound sight to sound to kinesthetic. And the best is there for all.


As Burroughs experimented with the technique, he began to develop a theory of the cutup, and this theory was incorporated into his pseudoscience of addiction. Sometimes it says much the same thing. Rimbaud announces himself, to be followed by some excruciatingly bad poetry.

Candor of vapor and tent spitting blood laugh and drunken bdion. For Burroughs as an artist, the cutup is an impersonal method of inspiration, invention, and an arrangement that redefines the work of ,ethod as a process that occurs in collaboration nethod others and is not the sole property of artists.

The final version of The Third Mind is both a historical collection of cutup experiments from to and a manifesto that sums up the cutup’s significance for Burroughs and Gysin.

What is the Cut-Up Method? – BBC News

Thus Burroughs’s cutup texts are comparable to similar contemporary experiments in other arts, such as action painting, happenings, and aleatory music. You can not will spontaneity. Composition studies Technical writing Articulation sociological.

If your strategy is at some point determined. Cut and rearrange the word and image in films.