‘Nova Express’ never gets old

For his 1964 novel “Nova Express,” William Burroughs (who died in 1997) employed the “cut-up” method devised by himself and writer-artist Brion Gysin, an anti-narrative method that involved randomly splicing together phrases from various sources and inserting them into his own text. For the film adaptation — screening at the Brattle with other Burroughs related films to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the book’s publication and the centenary of the author’s birth — Andre Perkowski attempts something similar. In this five-year (and counting) project, he synchronizes bits of found footage with recordings of Burroughs and others (including fellow Beat writer Alan Ginsberg) reading from the novel.

Read the full review here.

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Learn to write with William S Burroughs

In 1979, William S Burroughs delivered a series of lectures on creative writing (though he insisted that he was teaching creative reading — that is, analyzing the writing process by reading, because everyone can be taught to read, but only some will be able to write) at Naropa University. Three of these lectures, running to over four hours, are up on Youtube, covering writing exercises, Brion Gysin, Aleister Crowley, science fiction, General Semantics, and cut-ups. These are excellent listening, and are licensed Creative Commons Attribution-NonDerivs-NonCommerical (as is the rest of the Naropa collection.)

William S. Burroughs lectures on creative reading, including a discussion about various authors including Joseph Conrad, Denton Welch, Jane Bowles, Brion Gysin, and Julian Jaynes. Burroughs also addresses subjects such as art heroes, hemispheres of the brain, and the training of assasins.

William S. Burroughs’ lecture on creative reading – Burroughs mentions a wide variety of authors including Aleister Crowley, Paul Bowles, and many others. The class also discusses science fiction, non-fiction, general semantics, scriptwriting, cloning, rotten ectoplasm, and judgement in cut-ups, as well as Burroughs’s novel The Soft Machine.

Originally posted on boingboing.net

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A sculpture now stands on top on the roundabout at 4th and Bluemont streets in Manhattan, KS. “Peace Offering on the Blue,” a bronze rendition of a Kaw Indian chief offering a customary peace pipe to all entering the town, was unveiled Dec. 19.

The Spencer Museum of Art at The University of Kansas in Lawrence is joining the city’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late author-artist William S. Burroughs, according to a news release.

“William S. Burroughs: 100 Years of Expanding Consciousness,” which includes a selection of works by Burroughs, as well as his close friends and collaborators, will be on view Feb. 4-16.

In addition to Burroughs’ 1992 portfolio of texts and images, “Seven Deadly Sins,” the exhibition includes works by Jon Blumb, Brion Gysin, Keith Haring, Roger Holden and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Some of the exhibited works have been seen in previous exhibitions at the Spencer, including the retrospective “Ports of Entry: William S. Burroughs and the Arts” (1996-97), organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and “Brion Gysin: A selection of Books and Works on Paper” (2005), organized by the Spencer Museum of Art.

“William S. Burroughs at 100: An Offbeat Literary Tribute,” at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5, will include a birthday cake, readings of passages from Burroughs’ writing and reflections from poet Jim McCrary, who worked closely with Burroughs during his time in Lawrence.

Originally posted at cjonline

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William Burroughs centenary website launched

2014 is William Burroughs’s centenary year. An official website has been launched to connect people and inform them of events. https://www.Burroughs100.com

There is also a facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/Burroughs100

There will be events throughout the 2014 and up until 4 Feb 2015. People are encouraged to organise their own events locally.

 

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Gysin’s favorite band The Master Musicians of Joujouka to headline Villa Medici in Rome

The Master Musicians of Joujouka were Brion Gysin’s favorite musical fraternity. Gysin spent 23 years in Morocco in order to be close to the Sufi Masters.

On June 6th The Master Musicians of Joujouka headline at the Villa Aperta IV Festival at Villa Medici in Rome. Villa Medici is a 16th palace which has been the home of the French Academy in Rome since 1803.

The Master Musicians will play two sets one led by Master violinist Sheich Ahmed Talha, who starred as Boujeloud in the recent movie by the  Brothers Hurtado, Marc and Eric ” Jajouka, quelque chose de bon vient vers toi”.

The Master Musicians will finish the night with a full performance of Boujeloud. This suite of music is accopmapanyed by a dance performence of Boujeloud a half man half goat figure who has been likened to the god Pan.

Also on the bill are Mali’s desert rock band Terakaft

and the  French group  Concrete Knives.

Tickets are available http://www.greenticket.it/eventi_cerca.html?t=0&c=&r=villa+medici

More info at http://www.villamedici.it/en/cultural-events/events-programme/2013/06/villa-aperta-2013-iv-edition/

After the festival The Master Musicians will return to their village where they host their annual festival from 14-16 June. Some tickets are still available on http://www.joujouka.org/

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Open House LIVE Dreamachine (un)Viewing Lounge

Open House Dreamachine Lounge including: Beat Poet Film Screening featuring Nik Sheehan’s FLicKeR
@ The N.A.C. April 26th
354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
www.nac.org

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Opening invite as artist Lana VANZETTA uses cut-up method to document drug-fueled stream of consciousness in 5 screen installation

Lana VANZETTA PRESENTS

Profoundly Sick Society from LanaVanzetta on Vimeo.

‘IT IS NO MEASURE OF HEALTH TO BE WELL ADJUSTED TO A PROFOUNDLY SICK SOCIETY’ Jiduu Krishnamurti

4 April 2013

Private view: Thursday 4 April 7 – 9 pm
Exhibition hours Friday – Sunday April 5 – 7 11 am – 6pm

HOXTON ARCHES, Arch 402 Cremer St, London E2 8HDwww.hoxtonarches.com

Arch 402 Hoxton Arches is pleased to hold the first solo exhibition of recent MA graduate Lana Vanzetta

Vanzetta is a new and exciting video artist showcasing self-portraits that show her succumbing to the pressures of contemporary culture. She is a woman obsessed with status, substance abuse, charity, love and the loss of self. Vanzetta questions the world, its fixations and the pursuit of personal happiness.

This artist has nowhere to hide, and her autobiographical works tell the story of a divided life style that swings relentlessly and exhaustingly between the good and the bad.

Vanzetta’s portraits are emotional, seductive and darkly humorous. They sit somewhere between reality and fantasy.

The viewer is both compelled and repulsed as they venture into a world of The Fake, The True and The Wannabe. Vanzetta is and has been many things: The Junky, The Super Hero, The Crazy, The CEO, The Philanthropist and The Down and Out. But like most of us, in the end she sits comfortably between The Saint and The Sinner.

This journey is not for the faint hearted, climb aboard and hold on tight!

www.lanavanzetta.com

5 Screen Moving Image Installation & artworks

RSVP for private view Email: contact@lanavanzetta.com

Artist Statement

Photographs and film are my sketchbooks. I document the world around me blurring the boundaries between witness, commentator and participant.

I agree with the Turkish curator Fulya Erdemci who said ‘The raison d‘etre of any art project in a public space is to create a contrast, unfold a conflict, and even add more conflict to make it visible’.

Taking into account, the political, financial and social imperatives operating in my work – I am seeking to actively integrate their influence whilst maintaining a critical perspective.

In this body of work I use the cut up technique originated in the 1920’s by Gysin and later championed by William Burroughs to alter reality and bring disparate elements into collision through the use of interspersed clips and seemingly unrelated statements provoking connections and also contradictions.

Bio

Born in Glasgow 1962

Lana Vanzetta studied photography at the Alberta College of Art & Design Canada 1996 – and participated in the mobility exchange programme at the Glasgow School of Art.

Moving to London Vanzetta began her career photographing for such publications as The Face and Wonderland Magazine.

In 2012 Vanzetta returned to full time education completing her MA in Documentary Film at the London College of Communication London England.

Preview on viemo http://vimeo.com/59052646

 

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The Brains of the Animal Kingdom

Brion Gysin famously pronounced ‘Man is the only bad animal’. New research now sheds some interesting light on this.

“Aristotle’s ladder of nature is not just being flattened; it is being
transformed into a bush with many branches. This is no insult to human
superiority. It is long-overdue recognition that intelligent life is not
something for us to seek in the outer reaches of space but is abundant right
here on earth, under our noses.”

Read ‘The Brains of the Animal Kingdom’ at the Wall Street Journal

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‘Cut-ups, Cut-ins, Cut-outs: The Art of William S. Burroughs’, Ljublijana

‘William S. Burroughs the artist’ probably places second to ‘William S. Burroughs the writer’ in the sphere of popular culture. Yet in the sphere of influence, Burroughs’s art has had immeasurable success, inspiring icons from David Bowie to Patty Smith to Kurt Cobain.

An exhibition on now at the International Centre of Graphic Arts in Ljublijana, Slovenia, focuses on the artistic side of Burroughs’ oeuvre, specifically his cut-up works, precursors to postmodern collage and even digital sampling in music. ‘Cut-ups, Cut-ins, Cut-outs: The Art of William S. Burroughs’ uses the Beat artist’s patchwork painting, photography, film and audio work to tell the story of his development in this other field.

Curators Colin Fallows, a professor at Liverpool John Moores University, and Synne Genzmer of Vienna’s Kunsthalle museum have rounded up dozens of rare works from Burroughs’s experimental phase. They begin in the late 1950s, shortly after Burroughs met the painter Brion Gysin, the godfather of cut-up art, at the Beat Hotel in Paris, and continue through the 1960s.

Gysin collaborated with Burroughs on his early cut-ups, splicing together fragments of text and sound to uncover a sort of freedom from conventional thinking. The original material came from Burroughs’s own writings, classical authors like T.S. Eliot, Shakespeare and Kafka, popular imagery, scientific motifs and TV; when juxtaposed they conspire to create new, disconnected realities.

Tracing the progression of works from text to painting to sound offers a glimpse into the artist’s complex mind and the beginnings of a revolution in art and music that continues to shape us even today.

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“Paperwork: A Brief History Of Artists’ Scrapbooks”

The gallery displays the mementos and notes of more than twenty artists, adroitly chosen by the gallerist Andrew Roth and the art historian Alex Kitnick. Highlights include the collaborative compendiums of William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, the soulful musings of the Fluxus member Al Hansen, the sculptor Isa Genzken’s chimerical documentation of her stint in Manhattan, and Richard Prince’s deadpan tear sheets of magazine ads (note the man in a three-piece suit with a poodle). Robert Mapplethorpe casts himself as a nude Mr. January and juxtaposes photo-booth snapshots of Patti Smith with stickers of cupids. The pleasure of the show can be summarized in a quote from the zines of the great appropriationist Hans-Peter Feldmann: “Thanks to all the resourceful people who enabled by their inventive work the creation of this world of paper.”

Through March 29
Venue: Roth
Venue Address: 160A E. 70th St., New York
Venue Phone: 212-717-9067
External URL:andrewroth.com

Originally posted on The New Yorker

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Information wants to be free, but the world isn’t ready

“The idealism at the heart of digital free culture exists in a kind of isolation. It is not reflected and supported by other types of idealism around property — intellectual or otherwise — and the distribution of wealth. The federal prosecutors in the Swartz case represent the sort of hard-ass, legalistic, economic concerns that surrounds digital idealism like a school of sharks that senses the potential for an oncoming feeding crisis.”

Read R.U. Sirius’s full essay on The Verge

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What Turned Jaron Lanier Against the Web?

Lanier has another problem with the techno-utopians, though. It’s not just that they’ve crashed the economy, but that they’ve made a joke out of spirituality by creating, and worshiping, “the Singularity”—the “Nerd Rapture,” as it’s been called. The belief that increasing computer speed and processing power will shortly result in machines acquiring “artificial intelligence,” consciousness, and that we will be able to upload digital versions of ourselves into the machines and achieve immortality.

“I think we changed the world, but this notion that we shouldn’t be self-critical and that we shouldn’t be hard on ourselves is irresponsible.”

Read the full interview on Smithsonian.com

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Brion Gysin Dreamachine launch London Terry Wilson Rikki Stein and Daevid Allen video

On 24 November 2012 at the Guerrilla Zoo Modern Panic III exhibition a special night was convened for Dreamachines at Apiary Studios in Hackney east London. On the night more than 250 people attended. The curatorial and organisation of the night was by Frank Rynne ably complemented  by James Elphick of Guerilla Zoo. The guests of honour included two people who had lived at the Beat Hotel with Brion and a myriad of friends of Brion Gysin and William Burroughs including Terry Wilson, Rikki Stein, Daevid Allen, as well as Howard Marks and more (more soon). Striking was the range in ages from teens to  octogenarians. The London Dreamachine event was a happening.  The UK Independent newspaper borrowed a Dreamachine and wrote thus http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/let-the-dreamachine-free-your-mind-8348385.html
To buy a Brion Gysin Dreamachine see Master Musicians of Joujouka blog
More soon

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Brion Gysin Dreamachine London launch 24 Nov info and link to tickets

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DREAMACHINE
Saturday 24th November 2012

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“We must storm the citadels of enlightenment the means are at hand” William S. Burroughs

The UK launch of the first ever bespoke Brion Gysin Dreamachine 

The dreamachine is a stroboscopic flicker device you view with your eyes closed that produces visual stimuli and hallucinations.
Gysin believed that by offering the world a drugless high the invention could revolutionize human consciousness.

The night will include talks, film, music and Dreamachines!

TALKS
Terry Wilson | Ian MacFadyen | Rikki Stein | Steve Finbow

MUSIC
Robert Hampson Music for Dreamachines installation
Fritz Catlin / Skintologists ex 23 Skidoo DJ set
Stewart Home’s aural document – “Simulated LSD trip in a Lithuanian Forest” and a personal broadcast on Brion Gysin
Akoustik Timbre Frekuency
UN

FILMS
> Aphex Twin’s Stakker Westworld from Marek Pytel and Reality Film
> Master Musicians of Joujouka new films
> FLicKeR :: A Film By Nik Sheehan
featuring Marianne Faithfull, DJ Spooky, The Stooges, Iggy Pop, Lee Ranaldo, Genesis P-Orridge,
John Giorno, Floria Sigismondi, and Kenneth Anger, Terry Wilson and others.
> 1960s Antony Balch film
featuring Ian Sommerville, Brion Gysin, William Burroughs, Alexander Trocchi Jean-Jacques Lebel
with live soundtrack mix by Frank Rynne
> James B L Hollands’s Telepathy 101 from hard drive as it flickers with a 60 frame per second intensity!

Modern Panic III @ Apiary Studios
Saturday 24th November 2012
8pm – Late

458 Hackney Road, London E2 9EG
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Limited Tickets Available – NOW ON SALE!

“The Dreamachine is an aid to visionary experience” Aldous Huxley

First shown in 1962 the Dreamachine was invented in Paris by painter and visionary Brion Gysin, who also invented the Cut-Up method of writing for William S. Burroughs and a young Cambridge scholar Ian Sommerville. In Paris they lived at run down hotel which became known as The Beat Hotel as it was home to Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs and a host of Beatnik experimenters. 

The Dreamachine was the first artwork intended to be viewed with the eyes closed. The Dreamachine is a cylindrical spinning device with a light which emits Alpha waves which cause changes in the brain to produce sensory changes, swirling colour patterns and intense dreams.

Over the past 50 it has been used by William Burroughs, Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, John Giorno, Paul McCartney, Marilyn Manson, Laurie Anderson, Keith Haring, Allen Ginsberg, Ira Cohen, Iggy Pop, Marianne Faithfull, Kenneth Anger, Beck, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and countless other artists and hipsters.

In 2012 the first ever mass produced models have been created. At the Toronto launch in October 2012 Booker prize winners Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje and John Geiger where the guests of honour.  We will be launching the UK première of the dreamachines at Modern Panic III – Join us!


> > Line Up < <

Music 

Robert Hampson‘s Music for Dreamachines
The UK première of music designed for the Dreamachine experience comprises three 23 min pieces by the former Loop frontman and currently working as Main and Robert Hampson  This will be a music installation with Dreamachines.
http://www.roberthampson.com/

Fritz CatlinSkintologists
Former 23 Skidoo percussion master DJs his favourite chill out funky rhythms for Dreamachines
http://www.melodicarecordings.com/artist/skintologists

Akoustik Timbre Frekuency P23
provides music and video for Dreamachines
http://www.akoustiktimbrefrekuency.com/fr_home.cfm

UN
new remixes featuring Brion Gysin
http://unamordelcongo.com/

Talks

Ian MacFadyen
co-editor, with Oliver Harris, of Naked Lunch @50: Anniversary Essays, published in 2009. Sections from his text Codename Burroughs were published in English and German versions in 2012 to accompany the exhibition The Name Is Burroughs: Expanded Media at the ZKM, Karlsruhe. His other published work includes Point Of No Return: To The Memory Of Joan Burroughs (2009) and Ira Cohen’s Photographs: A Living Theatre (2000).

Rikki Stein
Stein put on Jimi Hendrix’s first European tour in 1968. He moved to Joujouka Morocco in 1970. He was a friend of Brion Gysin’s and William Burroughs and organised the first international tour of Master Musicians of Joujouka in 1980 before going on to manage Fela Kuti. He was part of the production team of the hit Broadway musical ‘Fela! and executive producer of ‘Fela! Back to Africa.

Stewart Home
Aural documents  : ”Simulated LSD trip in a Lithuanian Forest” and a personal broadcast on Brion Gysin
http://www.stewarthomesociety.org/

Steve Finbow
on “Gysin and Ginsberg: sexual and textual politics in the Beat Hotel.”

FIlms

FLicKeR :: A Film By Nik Sheehan
Featuring Marianne Faithfull, DJ Spooky, The Stooges, Iggy Pop, Lee Ranaldo, Genesis P-Orridge,
John Giorno, Floria Sigismondi, and Kenneth Anger, Terry Wilson and More
www.flickerflicker.com

Tribe Ahl Serif (1972 restored 2012)
Preview premiere of the  a recently restored music documentary shot in June 1972 in the village of Joujouka featuring Master Musicians of Joujouka dirJohn Anthony unseen movie made in 1972,
http://www.joujouka.net

Joujouka (2012) by Daragh McCarthy
edited by Ronan O’Muirgheasa shot at the Brian Jones 40th Anniversary Festival in the village in 2008. Preview http://www.thewire.co.uk/articles/3052/

On Going Guerrilla Conditions (1960-62) by Antony Balch
53 minutes of rare black and white film by Antony Balch of William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Alexander Trocchi, etc shot in Paris, New York, London and Tangier between 1960 and 1962 with live soundtrack by Islamic Diggers founder Frank Rynne.

Stakker Westword Stakker/Marek Pytel/Reality Film which features a special soundtrack by Aphex Twin.
Edit available http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuK3yspOKKc
http://www.realityfilm.co.uk/

James B L Hollands’s Telepathy 101 from hard drive as it flickers with a 60 frame per second intensity!!
James B.L. Hollands is a video artist, musician and writer who currently lives in London. His work has shown at the Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery and Liverpool Biennial as well as numerous squats of equal importance.

Special Presentation

Terry Wilson
Special Presentation for services to the oeuvre to our guest of honour!
co-author, with Brion Gysin, of Here To Go: Planet R-101. First published in 1982, this seminal book on the life and work of Brion Gysin has been published in a number of editions. Terry Wilson’s other books include Dreams of Green Base (1986), ‘D’ Train (1985), and Perilous Passage (2005). DAYS LANE: Extracts From The Scattering Course was published in 2009.

Overview:

Films :

Among the highlights will be two premières of films featuring Morocco’s legendary Sufi trance artists The Master Musicians of Joujouka who were brought to Western attention by Gysin. Tribe Ahl Serif is an unseen movie made in 1972, while the second is a film by Daragh McCarthy shot at the Brian Jones 40th Anniversary Festival in the village in 2008. 

The 2008 documentary of the Dreamachine FlicKer by Nik Sheehan featuring Marianne FaithfullDJ SpookyThe StoogesIggy PopLee RenaldoGenesis P-OrridgeJohn GiornoFloria Sigismondi, Terry Wilson and Kenneth Anger.

Other film highlights include, 53 minutes of rare black and white film by Antony Balch of William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Alexander Trocchi, etc shot in Paris, New York, London and Tangier between 1960 and 1962 and Marek Pytel’s Stakker Westword which features a special soundtrack by Aphex Twin.

Talks & Spoken Word :
Ian McFadyen, Stewart Home, Rikki Stein, while Burroughs and Gysin collaborator Terry Wilson will be on hand to receive a special award to acknowledge his contribution to the wild experimentation of the Paris beat nexus.

Music :
Musical highlights include the UK premiere of  Robert Hampson’s Music for Dreamachines a suite of three 23 minute long pieces by the former main man of Loop and currently working both as Main and as a solo artist,  former 23 Skidoo sound artist and master percussionist Fritz Catlin of the Skintologists will be DJing, Frank Rynne (Islamic Diggers and producer of Master Musicians of Joujouka will create a live soundtrack to the Antony Balch Burroughs film,Akoustik Timbre Frekuency provide film and Music for The Dreamachine while other contributions include new remixes of Brion Gysin by Argentinean based UN.


Can’t wait until 24th November ? Dreamachines are available now from :
http://brianjonesjoujoukafestival.blogspot.fr/2012/08/buy-brion-gysins-dreamachine-direct.html
Profits help support The Master Musicians of Joujouka

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Dreamachine London Launch 24 Nov 2012

We must storm the citadels of enlightenment the means are at hand” William S. Burroughs

The UK launch of the first ever bespoke Brion Gysin Dreamachine

The night will include talks, film, music and Dreamachines.
Exclusive premières featuring and/or featured in film music installation, performance and conversation:

Terry Wilson | Robert Hampson Music for Dreamachines installation | Ian MacFadyen
Rikki Stein | Fritz Catlin / Skintologists ex 23 Skidoo DJ set | Stewart Home
FLicKeR :: A Film By Nik Sheehan Featuring Marianne Faithfull, DJ Spooky, The Stooges, Iggy Pop, Lee Ranaldo,
Genesis P-Orridge, John Giorno, Floria Sigismondi, and Kenneth Anger, Terry Wilson and More
Aphex Twin’s Stakker Westworld from Marek Pytel and Reality Film | Master Musicians of Joujouka new movies
James Elphick | 1960s Antony Balch film featuring Ian Sommerville, Brion Gysin, William Burroughs,  Alexander Trocchi
Jean-Jacques Lebel with live soundtrack mix by Frank Rynne | Akoustik Timbre Frekuency | UN |
and more!

Modern Panic III @ Apiary Studios
Saturday 24th November 2012
8pm – Late

458 Hackney Road, London E2 9EG
MAP

> > Line Up < <

Music

Robert Hampson‘s Music for Dreamachines
The world première of music designed for the Dreamachine experience comprises three 23 min pieces by the former Loop frontman and currently working as Main and Robert Hampson  This will be a music installation with Dreamachines.
http://www.roberthampson.com/

Fritz CatlinSkintologists
Former 23 Skidoo percussion master DJs his favourite chill out funky rhythms for Dreamachines http://www.melodicarecordings.com/artist/skintologists

Akoustik Timbre Frekuency P23
provides music and video for Dreamachines
http://www.akoustiktimbrefrekuency.com/fr_home.cfm

UN
new remixes featuring Brion Gysin
http://unamordelcongo.com/

Talks

Stewart Home
Seminal British writer and artist Home is one of the most influential British artists of the last three decades
http://www.stewarthomesociety.org/

Ian MacFadyen
co-editor, with Oliver Harris, of Naked Lunch @50: Anniversary Essays, published in 2009. Sections from his text Codename Burroughs were published in English and German versions in 2012 to accompany the exhibition The Name Is Burroughs: Expanded Media at the ZKM, Karlsruhe. His other published work includes Point Of No Return: To The Memory Of Joan Burroughs (2009) and Ira Cohen’s Photographs: A Living Theatre (2000).

Rikki Stein
Stein put on Jimi Hendrix’s first European tour in 1968. He moved to Joujouka Morocco in 1970. He was a friend of Brion Gysin’s  and organised the first international tour of Master Musicians of Joujouka in 1980 before going on to manage Fela Kuti.

FIlms

FLicKeR :: A Film By Nik Sheehan
Featuring Marianne Faithfull, DJ Spooky, The Stooges, Iggy Pop, Lee Ranaldo, Genesis P-Orridge,
John Giorno, Floria Sigismondi, and Kenneth Anger, Terry Wilson and More
www.flickerflicker.com

Tribe Ahl Serif (1972 restored 2012)
Preview premiere of the  a recently restored music documentary shot in June 1972 in the village of Joujouka featuring Master Musicians of Joujouka dirJohn Anthony unseen movie made in 1972,
http://www.joujouka.net

Joujouka (2012) by Daragh McCarthy
edited by Ronan O’Muirgheasa shot at the Brian Jones 40th Anniversary Festival in the village in 2008. Preview http://www.thewire.co.uk/articles/3052/

On Going Guerrilla Conditions (1960-62) by Antony Balch
53 minutes of rare black and white film by Antony Balch of William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Alexander Trocchi, etc shot in Paris, New York, London and Tangier between 1960 and 1962 with live soundtrack by Islamic Diggers founder Frank Rynne.

Stakker Westword Stakker/Marek Pytel/Reality Film which features a special soundtrack by Aphex Twin.
Edit available http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuK3yspOKKc
http://www.realityfilm.co.uk/

Special Presentation

Terry Wilson
Special Presentation for services to the oeuvre to our guest of honour!
co-author, with Brion Gysin, of Here To Go: Planet R-101. First published in 1982, this seminal book on the life and work of Brion Gysin has been published in a number of editions. Terry Wilson’s other books include Dreams of Green Base (1986), ‘D’ Train (1985), and Perilous Passage (2005). DAYS LANE: Extracts From The Scattering Course was published in 2009.

Can’t wait until 24th November ? Dreamachines are available now from :
http://brianjonesjoujoukafestival.blogspot.fr/2012/08/buy-brion-gysins-dreamachine-direct.html
Profits help support The Master Musicians of Joujouka

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Previously unreleased recordings of Gysin and Burroughs now available

‘The Spoken Word’

This rare collection of recordings features the controversial American writer William S Burroughs (author of The Naked Lunch) and the British-born artist Brion Gysin – the man Burroughs credited with the invention of the ‘cut-up’ literary technique.

The centre-piece of the collection is a complete, previously unissued recording of Burroughs reading live in Liverpool in 1982 (tracks 2-10). The disc also includes performances by Gysin of a selection of his ‘permutated poems’, and previously unheard home recordings made by the pair in Paris in 1970, all taken from tapes in the British Library collection.

This CD is part of the British Library’s highly acclaimed ‘Spoken Word’ series of historic recordings.

Purchase it, and listen to sample tracks, here.

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Kelly Sears collages the uncanny

The short films of Galveston-based Kelly Sears illuminate and offer alternate origin stories for cultural detritus … high school yearbooks and other gone-by-the-wayside texts in which undercurrents of Cold War anxiety and similar leap to the fore. “All the films I make come from old magazines in thrift stores, books from library sales, and from archives that house orphaned films,” Sears says. “I like working with things that are outdated or cast off as a way of reinvigorating the material and making it resonate in today’s cultural climate. I’m really interested in using the veneer of nostalgia to look back at the archetypes and ideologies found in the source material that can be expanded into other kinds of stories or histories. I try to tell a story about the present but shape it through images of another time.”

Working in a style that combines collage and the associative logic of cut-ups à la William Burroughs or Brion Gysin, Sears produces images in an uncanny, flickering style with oddly floating figures and juxtaposed textures that belie a staggering amount of labor. “Frame-by-frame filmmaking is a labor of love; some days I can work all day on three seconds of footage. But it’s [in] that meditative space that the stories really start to percolate,” she says. “I look for an entryway to engage with the story that already exists in the frame. The images always come first. I’ll collect a bunch of material, and as I’m experimenting with animating and layering the images, a story slowly emerges.”

Read the full story in The Austin Chronicle

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Rub Out the Words: The Letters of William S Burroughs 1959-1974, Edited by Bill Morgan – review

This long-awaited second volume of William Burroughs’s letters spans 15 years, from the publication of Naked Lunch in Paris, to his mid-Seventies departure from London for a New York radically different to the one he knew in the 1940s. How strange it must have been to settle into a transformation that you, in part, had affected. For this is really what this volume of letters is about. The first, published in 1993 when Burroughs was still alive, covered 1945-1959. Junky aside, he was a largely unpublished but influential mentor to Kerouac, Ginsberg and co as the Beat generation assumed its shape – an entity as synthetic and modern as Beyer Pharmaceutical’s heroin, a longtime companion in Burroughs’s life.

Ginsberg, in a tightly knotted relationship of friend, lover and agent, had been chief sounding-board for the letters and routines that became Naked Lunch. But as the 1960s dawns, you see the set changing as the artist Brion Gysin becomes Burroughs’s main agent of correspondence. “Dear Allen,” the book’s first letter begins, “Thanks a million for the mescaline. Split it with Brion for a short trip home”. The two worked at the centre of a web of occult and artistic actions – painting, scrying, mediumship, telepathy, and the Cut-Up’s operations of chance – from 9 Rue Git de Coeur in Paris. Here, at the Beat Hotel, Burroughs turns from Beat writer to counter-cultural figurehead, achieving a fame that influenced the Beatles, the Stones, Bowie, the punks and the sampling culture of the Nineties and beyond.

Read the full review at The Independent

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Portrait of Keith Haring as a Young Man: Brooklyn Museum Focuses on Early Years

Keith Haring. "Untitled," 1981. Courtesy Keith Haring Foundation.

Keith Haring, who died in 1990, was a quintessential New York street artist and is one of the most recognizable figures in 20th century art, known for his dense colorful murals, his AIDS activism, and his Pop Shop. How many revelations about his career can yet another exhibition of his work possibly bring to light? Very many, according to Raphaela Platow, curator of a survey of his early work that opens at the Brooklyn Museum on March 16.

“Keith Haring: 1978-1982” presents work from the first four, very raw years of Haring’s career—before he traveled the world, designed a jacket for a Madonna video, went on MTV, and painted Grace Jones’s body; before the Absolut and Swatch ads. It’s the first large-scale exhibition to focus exclusively on the period that began when he came to New York from Pittsburgh to study at the School of Visual Arts, and ended when he created the images that would make him famous, and commercial.

A look at Haring’s journals reveals that there is much to work with in this period. There are examples of his experimentation with words, and the results of cut-up exercises he did à la William Burroughs and Brion Gysin, who were both major influences at the time, as well as examples of gouache cut-outs he did when exploring Matisse’s practice. He documented his artistic breakthroughs. An entry from Nov. 7, 1978, reads, “I have just completed another landmark (for me, that is) painting. It is the first time I ever tried to utilize both arms to control two brushes.” Interspersed with the writing are small drawings of penises, pyramids, dogs and scenes of New York City.

Read the full article at GalleristNY

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Literary Review: ‘Perilous Passage’ by Terry Wilson

Originally published in 2004 ‘Perilous Passage – The Nervous System and the Universe in Other Words’ by Terry Wilson is being republished in 2012. It describes the author’s apprenticeship under the tutelage of the avant-garde artist and writer Brion Gysin; along with a wonderful passage about Wilson’s experiences in South America with ayahuasca. The book is the final part of his ‘Green Base Trilogy’, which includes ‘Dreams of Green Base’ (1986) and ‘‘D’ Train’ (1985). He has also previously published ‘Here to Go’ (2001), a book of interviews with Gysin that documented his life, work and philosophy.

As with all engaging and from-theory literature Perilous Passage – The Nervous System and the Universe in Other Words (2012) employs both its content and its form in order to draw the reader into a novel and interesting relationship with the text: “The “Reader” – under the impression that he is “reading” – receiving these signals from some dissonant strata of our nervous systems” (Wilson 176). The method Wilson utilises stems from his friendship with Brion Gysin (1916-1986) and William Burroughs (1914-1997) who developed the cut-up technique. Before saying something about how the method has been used here, it is necessary to first say something of Gysin and Burroughs in order to put some background into the text.

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‘Rub Out The Words: The Letters of William S. Burroughs’ out February 7th

Photo by Brion Gysin

The great dark surrealist writer William S. Burroughs, who blended science fiction, pulp, and transgressive writing into a chaotic style, is having selected letters published in hard cover as “Rub Out The Words: The Letters of William S. Burroughs, 1959-1974,” out February 7th by Ecco.

Read the New York Times review here.

‘I have met my first Master in Brion..’

Below are a few of the selected letters provided by Paris Review, one addressed to “Mom and Dad” and the other to Allen Ginsberg.

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Peek inside ‘Charles Gatewood’s Wall Street’

KENNEBUNK — River Tree Arts and The Kymara Gallery present, “Charles Gatewood’s Wall Street,” an exhibition of rare vintage and contemporary photographic prints based on the photo essay, “Wall Street.” The exhibition illustrates the 1970s style and culture of New York City’s notorious financial district and has won acclaim for the photographer’s use of architectural imagery and satire. Included in the exhibit are the photographer’s most famous portraits of William S. Burroughs, Bob Dylan, Abbie Hoffman, Allen Ginsberg, and Brion Gysin with his “Dream Machine.”

Gatewood, whose career has spanned over 45 years as both a fine art photographer and a photojournalist, has worked on assignment for The New York Times and Rolling Stone, Harper’s, and Time magazines. The internationally respected photographer is best known for his early documentation of the “modern primitives” movement, and of underground- and sub-cultures of the 1960s to present. Gatewood’s diverse portfolio includes teaching at The Photographic Resource Center in Rockport, Maine. He has also been the author of several fine-art books, including “Burroughs 23,” featuring images of American author William S. Burroughs, and his work appears in worldwide museum collections.

During the exhibit, there will be a “Kymara Gallery Sideshow” of mixed media works by artists who are interpreting the current political climate, along with memorabilia from Maine’s “Occupy” encampment. Hudson Valley artists Joe Concra and Denise Orzo, New York City artist Matt O’Neill, artist Scott Holloway from Worcester, Mass., and Kennebunkport artist Kymara are among the exhibitors.

The show will open at River Tree Arts’s Irvine Gallery, 35 Western Avenue, Kennebunk, Maine on Friday, Feb. 10, with a celebration/happening from 5 to 7 p.m. It will continue to run through Tuesday, March 17.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The event is produced and curated by Kymara and Milo, owners of The Kymara Gallery and Kymara Happenings, which creates unique, historically significant arts related events in New York City and Maine. The Blue Elephant of Saco will cater the opening reception.

For information, contact River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Kennebunk.

From seacoastonline.com

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Berlinale’s Forum section will include work influenced by William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin

Work influenced by historical figures such as William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, an homage to Cocteau’s Orpheus and an adaptation of Ronald Tavel’s play The Last Days of British Honduras are among the items to be presented in an expanded Berlinale Forum section, organizers said Monday.

In addition to the exhibitions at the Kunstsaele Berlin and the various events to be held at HAU, Forum Expanded will also be presenting 10 film programs at the Arsenal and Delphi cinemas.

The program includes a wide range of different lengths and formats, with experimental techniques to the fore.

Projects include whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir by Eve Sussman/Rufus Corporation, a film edited live in real time which shows a man under surveillance in a fictional East European city.

Another expanded forum highlight promised is a work influenced by Gysin, whose cut up method is taken up by Lebanese filmmaker Geith Al-Amine.

Elswhere Luc Moullet’s uncompleted project about two thieves (mother and daughter) in pursuit of a 35mm Aaton camera is updated in the form of French filmmaker Isabelle Prim’s La Rouge et la Noire.

And Pier Paolo Pasolini’s unfinished novel entitled Petrolio is Rosalind Nashashibi’s starting point for her film Carlo’s Vision.

Eva Heldmann’s r I v e r r e d is an homage to Cocteau’sOrpheus, while The Last Days of British Honduras by Catherine Sullivan and Farhad Sharmini is an adaptation of Tavel’s play of the same name.

Forum Expanded, in the programmers own words, sets itself the task of taking cinema apart, putting it back together or even rediscovering it from anew.

From The Hollywood Reporter

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Hand eye co-ordination: Liliane Lijn talks text based sculpture and technical challenges

… “The only people who liked these [Poem Machines] in 1962 when I first exhibited them were artists and a few poets.

“Though not many,” she adds with a laugh, “because they didn’t like the idea you couldn’t read their poems.”

Lijn moved to Paris in the late 50s and, along with Burroughs, got to know Sinclair Beiles, Brion Gysin and Gregory Corso. And whether they did or not, she still likes “that idea of words floating into your head and not being linear”.

Read the full interview at Culture 24

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Opinion: Transhumanism

Transhumanism is the augmentation, and therefore reinforcement, of the self. It is the current edge of the “project of Western civilization” that is concerned, and always has been concerned, with the extension of the individual will into physical, manifest reality. It is the directed use of technology to amplify the human experience — and technology can easily mean nonphysical means or techniques as well.

Here I place the increasing inseparability of humans and advanced communication technology; actual augmentation of the body with wetware, body modification, nanotech, etc., but also body change techniques like hatha yoga, martial arts, plastic surgery; the work of Wilhelm Reich; energy medicine, EFT/EMDR; the contributions of the Human Potential Movement and the increasingly clever and byzantine supplement industry. We can add modern and ancient brain-change techniques like NeuroLinguistic Programming, the Leary/Wilson Eight Circuit Model, Brion Gysin’s Dreamachine, radionics, tantra, chaos magick and the rest of the never-ending occult and New Age corpus. All of these and more can be used to change, warp, clean out, amp up, empower, manicure and otherwise “make cooler” the thing you call “I.”

Access to these technologies is increasingly wide-spread and I believe their use and refinement will likely produce some admirable customizations of the human experience as well as increasingly grotesque ego distortions as once-normal human beings mutate themselves into what might only be described as “creatures” comprised of a multiplicity of shattered and exaggerated ego shards rather than anything resembling a healthy, grounded, integrated identity.

Read the full article, Conjurations in the Element of Flesh: Balancing the Transhuman and the Transpersonal, on ACCELER8OR

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The Beat Hotel film World Premier 8 December 2012

The world premiere of The Beat Hotel will take place as part of a month-long film series at Cinematheque, Copenhagen, Denmark. The festival is curated by Lars Movin the co director of the award winning William Burroughs film Words of Advice.

Here’s a quick rundown of all films showing:

8 Dec 2012 World premier of

THE BEAT HOTEL
Alan Govenar, 2011 / 82 min.

WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN
Yony Leyser, 2010 / 87 min.

ONE FAST MOVE OR I’M GONE: KEROUAC’S BIG SUR
Curt Worden, 2008 / 98 min.

FERLINGHETTI
Christopher Felver, 2009 / 80 min.

WORDS OF ADVICE + LOWELL CELEBRATES KEROUAC
Lars Movin & Steen Møller Rasmussen, 2007 & 1998 / 74 min. + 35 min.

THE SOURCE
Chuck Workman, 1999 / 88 min.

A SELECTION OF SHORT BEAT FILMS:

PULL MY DAISY (Robert Frank & Alfred Leslie, 1959 / 30 min.)
TOWERS OPEN FIRE (Antony Balch, William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin & Ian Sommerville, 1963 / 10 min.)
WHOLLY COMMUNION (Peter Whitehead, 1965 / 33 min.)
THE DISCIPLINE OF D.E. (Gus Van Sant, 1982 / 13 min.)
THE JUNKY’S CHRISTMAS (Nick Donkin, 1993 / 22 min.)

 

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New film ‘The Beat Hotel’

An era captured in the French capital city half a century ago by Deal photographer Harold Chapman is soon to be shared on the big screen with the release of a new film The Beat Hotel. Alan Govenar of Texas-based Documentary Arts has been delving into the legacy of the American Beats in Paris between 1957 and 1963, when Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso fled the obscenity trials in the United States surrounding the publication of Ginsberg’s poem Howl. They took refuge in a cheap hotel at 9, Rue Git le Coeur and were joined by William Burroughs, Ian Somerville, Brion Gysin and others from England and elsewhere in Europe, seeking out the so called freedom of the Latin Quarter.

The Beat Hotel, as it came to be called, was a sanctuary of creativity, but was also, as Mr Chapman remembered: “An entire community of complete oddballs, bizarre, strange people, poets, writers, artists, musicians, pimps, prostitutes, policemen and everybody you could imagine.”

He lived in the attic of the hotel, and according to Ginsberg “didn’t say a word for two years” because he wanted to be “invisible” and to document the scene.

Originally published in East Kent Mercury

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Tribe Ahl Serif lost Master Musicians of Joujouka/Jajouka film and music from 1972

In June 1972 two young Americans arrived in Tangier in order to make a film about the legendary Master Musicians of Joujouka. Having made contact with Mohamed Hamri and later Brion Gysin. The next day  they set off for Joujouka with Hamri. They they  spent three weeks filming and recording in the village.
Since July 2011 the original director and  producer John Anthony and  Master Musicians of Joujuka manager Frank Rynne have been carefully cleaning and restoring  the film.
The film was shown only twice in  1973 on Danish TV and  has remained unseen since then. Music recorded for the project by Arnold Stahl was released as a 2 LP set Tribe Ahl Serif in 1975 and is regarded as the best recordings of The Master Musicians of Joujouka/Jajouka from that period.

In 2012 the film and  the music will be released together for the first time and the film will be available at film festivals.

Here is a musical sampler of what fans of the Master Musicians can expect. If you would like to help in this project or join the mailing list email joujouka@gmail.com

[Al Yunic Sharbouni Ate (Your Eyes are Like a Cup of Tea)] Master Musicians of Joujouka/Jajouka by MasterMusiciansofJoujouka

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Joujouka Interzone premiere Casablanca 29 Oct 2011

Joujouka Interzone is a collaboration between Master Musicians of Joujouka, French sound and visual artist Joachim Montessuis and Frank Rynne. Montessuis and Rynne will live mix and project a HD digital onslaught utilizing archival and specially commissioned material while The Master Musicians of Joujouka will provide an aural onslaught that maintains their completely natural sound with no additions.
The Joujouka Interzone premiere will be the  Grand Finale of the Casablanca International Digital Arts Festival/F.A.N. 29 Oct 2011 at Complexe Moulay Rachid, Casablanca, Morocco. Through 2012 there will be further performances in Morocco and Europe.

As Joujouka Interzone features live performances by the Master Musicians of Joujouka with live  mixing of visual it is  ensuring that each show will be unique.

This trailer features the Master Musicians of Joujouka recorded live in their village at the Brian Jones 40th Anniversary Festival 29th July 2008. The sound on this trailer was recorded by David Slevin, production supervisor Frank Rynne. The full recording of the festival is due for release in 2012.

Visuals from The Master Musicians Festival summer 2011 are by Joachim Montessuis.

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Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer Get Together for X AVANT Performance in Toronto

Torontonians with an interest in experimental music are no doubt gearing up for the sixth instalment of the X AVANT New Music Festival, with already noted highlights including performances from celebrated electronic soundscapists Oval and Tim Hecker, among others. But the festival has just announced that another big player will be making his way to town: Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo.

That the guitarist will be performing October 21 at the SPK Polish Combatants Hall with longtime collaborator and visual artist Leah Singer. The pair will be performing a piece called Contre Jour, which “conjures the memory of Brion Gysin and his Dream Machine.” The tributary piece to the influential British artist was premiered earlier this year at the Contour Festival in Mechelen, Belgium.

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‘Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-1993′

A new book collating the writings of Brion Gysin’s friend Paul Bowles (The Sheltering Sky), who first initiated Gysin, Burroughs, and others to life in North Africa, will be available August 23. ’In more than forty essays and articles that range from Paris to Ceylon, Thailand to Kenya, and, of course, Morocco, the great twentieth-century American writer encapsulates his long and full life, and sheds light on his brilliant fiction. Whether he’s recalling the cold-water artists’ flats of Paris’s Left Bank or the sun-worshipping eccentrics of Tangier, Paul Bowles imbues every piece with a deep intelligence and the acute perspective of his rich experience of the world. Woven throughout are photographs from the renowned author’s private archive, which place him, his wife, the writer Jane Bowles, and their many friends and compatriots in the landscapes his essays bring so vividly to life.

‘With an introduction by Paul Theroux and a chronology by Daniel Halpern’

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These Silences Writing Festival

These Silences Writing Festival starts today at Summerhall, Edinburgh. ‘Just as realist painting lost its appeal for many artists after the invention of photography, so many writers abandoned naturalistic storytelling after the development of cinema. These Silences turns the spotlight on novelists who have overhauled and reinvented modernist developments in fiction, to bring up to the minute literary experimentation kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century.’

Aside from a rich programme featuring Iain Sinclair, Iphigenia Baal, Bridget Penney and others, of interest to Brion Gysin afficionados may be two talks in particular:

To ignore the avant garde is akin to ignoring Darwin: Tom McCarthy
14 August, 13.30, 1hr
Red Lecture Theatre, £5/£4
Tom McCarthy was short listed for last year’s Booker Prize. His books are crammed with coincidence, with doubles and fakes, moments of deja vu, repetitions of repetitions. McCarthy draws on the history of the avant-garde and modernist experimentation to produce left-field literary fiction that is both acclaimed and contemporary. Time Out called him: “English fiction’s new laureate of disappointment”. As well as the novelsMen In Space, Remainder and C, McCarthy is also the author of a book of criticism, Tintin and the Secret of Literature.

Storm The Reality Studios: Ed Robinson, Stewart Home, Tom McCarthy
14 August, 15.00, 1hr
Red Lecture Theatre, £5/£4
Edward S. Robinson riffs on his book Shift Linguals: Cut-Up Narratives From William S. Burroughs to the Present. In this book Robinson offers a biography of Burroughs cut-up method. He locates its prehistory in modernist and avant-garde practices; he charts its origins with Gysin and Burroughs through to its early practitioners Claude Pélieu, John Giorno and Carl Weissner; remarks on developments made by Kathy Acker and Stewart Home; and finally identifies some contemporary manifestations. Shift Linguals contains the first critical attention – in English at least – to some of these authors, and charts the various permutations and applications of the cut-up method since Burroughs.

For more, check out Stuart Kelly’s preview, and view the full programme.

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Shezad Dawood’s latest work proves a piercing vision

Dawood’s work for the Abraaj Capital Art Prize, shown at Art Dubai this year, recreated Brion Gysin’s “Dream Machines”, originally designed in 1960s Tangiers to induce lucid dreaming in the viewer.

His latest project, Piercing Brightness, continues exploration in this vein.

‘The premise is that aliens landed in Preston centuries ago with the mission to learn the ways of human civilisation from its inhabitants. Shifting shape to blend in, the aliens – with the passage of time, eras and, we might imagine, the advent of social networking – slowly forgot their mission over the course of several lifetimes.’

Dawood ‘sees Piercing Brightness as a meditation on the very nature of how we, as humans, believe. From organised faiths to UFO phenomena, Dawood presents us with characters in the process of having “the ground beneath them shake”. As each grapples with the sudden invasion of an interstellar reality, the movie takes us through their realisations, often a refusal to accept, and a shared horror before the uncertain road ahead.’

For more, check out The National

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Glastonbury Festival opens to the ancient trance that inspired Brion Gysin (and Brian Jones): the Master Musicians of Joujouka

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The Ballad of a Rebel and Her Lost Love

Lady Gaga has nothing on Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.

The British performance artist and musician was a lightning rod for controversy in the 1970s, inventing industrial rock with the band Throbbing Gristle and engaging in transgressive conceptual-art display. At the time, her extreme presence was enough to lead an enraged member of parliament to condemn the Manchester native’s art collective as “wreckers of civilization.”

“People have an image of Genesis being extreme or scary,” said filmmaker Marie Losier. “She’s not.” The Brooklyn-based director spent much of the last seven years in the company of the performer, who was born Neil Andrew Megson in 1950 but no longer answers to the male pronoun and in conversation uses the collective “we” instead of the first-person singular. The reasons for that are a big part of Ms. Losier’s lyrical documentary “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye,” which screens Thursday in Brooklyn as part of BAMcinemaFest. The film, which has yet to find a distributor, is a kaleidoscopic portrait not only of a punk-era iconoclast but of the transformative powers—both literal and figurative—of love.

Read the full review of ‘The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye’ at The Wall Street Journal.

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The Ballad Of Genesis and Lady Jaye

A new film about Genesis P-Orridge is screening now, see the official site for dates and details.

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FLicKeR screening

Nik Sheenan’s film ‘FLicKeR’ will be screened at the Cinéma du Parc tomorrow night, Sunday 29th May, at 5pm. The film tells the story of Brion Gysin, inventor of the “dream machine” and an attempt to end the internal dialogue to give access to inner silence. Its illustrious subjects include Iggy Pop, Marianne Faithfull and William S. Burroughs.

If you’re in Montréal, check it out.

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Ira Cohen Obituary and Slide Show in The Guardian

Ira Cohen who befriended and was mentored by Brion Gysin in the 1960s in Tangeir died on 25th April in New York at the age of 76. Brion Gysin expert and contributor to this site, Frank Rynne, writes on Ira in The Guardian.

A slideshow of Ira Cohen’s work including iconic images of William Burroughs, Jimi Hendrix, Master Musicians of Joujouka and Hamri, Allen Ginsberg  as well as underground artists and actors Julian Beck, Jack Smith and images from Nepal and India is also featured on The Guardian’s website.

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“Travels with Ira” Reflections by Gerard Malanga

Gerard Malanga and Ira Cohen coming from a party, ca. 1999. Photo credit: Asako Kitaori/Archives Malanga.

Ira learned to “sign” before he learned to read and write, so as to be able to communicate with his deaf-mute parents.  We both agreed that this may have had an impact on his development as a poet, for surely words born in such silences take on a deeper level of resonance and reflection.

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Ira Cohen, February 3, 1935 – April 25, 2011

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Master Musicians of Joujouka open Glastonbury Festival 2011 on Pyramid stage

Brion Gysin’s favorite music and musicians open this year’s Glastonbury Festival on June 24 on the main Pyramid stage. The Master Musicians of Joujouka say “we are honored to be accorded this privilege and play the Pyramid stage on Friday 24 June, and later that day the stage will host amongst others Wu Tang Clan, Morrisey, B.B. King, Biffy Clyro and U2.”

The musicians will remain at Glastonbury for the duration of the festival playing at their own area in The Park area. These performances will be un-amplified ritual trance and will allow for the musicians to showcase their music in a natural way and allow attendees at the festival to gain a unique and intimate experience with the Master Musicians playing just as they do in their native village in the North of Morocco.

This will mark a return to Glastonbury for some of the Master Musicians after 31 years, as they were hosted on the Eavis farm in 1980 during a year when there was no festival. This marked the beginning of their  first ever tour in 1980.

For press inquiries email Frank joujouka@gmail.com.
For the full festival lineup see The Guardian and visit the Glastonbury festival website for news and updates.

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Master Musicians of Joujouka collaborate with Jane’s Addiction on “End to the Lies”

The Master Musicians of Joujouka are proud to announce their collaboration with music legends Jane’s Addiction on their forthcoming album “The Great Escape Artist” due August 2011 from Capitol Records. A free download is from Jane’s Addiction website.

According to Perry Farrell lead singer of Jane’s Addiction ““We wanted to add a sense of ancient ritual and some depth beyond normal instrumentation, getting off the typical path that rock bands use, etc …And we wanted the music to cast a spell on the ‘lies.’”
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Brion Gysin Paris show extended to April 9 2011

Due to popular demand the Galerie De France have extended the opening of the Brion Gysin exhibition by one week. The show will now close on April 9th.

Mardi-Samedi
12h-19h
at

Galerie de France
54 rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris
Tel.: + 33 (0) 1 42 74 38 00 Note ring bell on large door to gain entry.Brion Gysin Galerie de France

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Experimental movies of Brion Gysin in an innovative visual exhibition. Art and Pyrotechnic in Gijon, Spain.

Electric Nights takes its name from Les nuits électriques, a short film directed by Eugene Deslaw in 1928, in which he focused on city lights at night-time, sequencing street lamps, neon signs and shop windows of Paris, Berlin and Prague almost as if it were a fireworks show. Similarly to fireworks, film is an intermittent ephemeral projection of light in the darkness. Through a selection of works from the collection of the Centre Georges Pompidou, the exhibition, borrowing the visual recourses of pyrotechnics, wishes to demonstrate the continuity between spectacles of fire and the art of the moving image: flowers, stars, rain, fire, storms, fountains, volcanoes…

The exhibition begins with a series of classical French etchings representing fireworks, as well as a group of photographs which introduce a major selection of experimental films and contemporary works by Brion Gysin, Ange Leccia, Ana Mendieta, Yoko Ono, among others.

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Dream a Little Dream

Brion Gysin gave the world his Dream Machine—a perforated shade rotating in front of a light—so that the mind could experience a blissful “alpha state” by stimulating the brain with light. John Marriott’s is a more modest version made of a perforated Budweiser beer can, which, while functioning in the same neuro-mystical fashion as Gysin’s, suggests that there are other quicker means of becoming mentally altered.

John Marriott’s “Dream A Little Dream”, the beer can sculpture based on Brion Gysin’s Dream Machine will be on view in an exhibition at Central Connecticut State University from March 30th to April 21. The show is a survey of multiples and editioned work from the Brooklyn based Fuse Works program. More information at Fuse-Works.com.

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Brion Gysin in ‘Language Code’ an Exhibition about Digital Narratives, Barcelona 17 March 2011


An exhibition about computer code, contemporary narratives, digital art, minimalism and conceptual art. It is exploring the different discourses in the social science (politics, programming or music) to understand the evolution of language, from Wittgenstein to Casey Reas.
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Brion Gysin at Art Dubai


See the October Gallery at Art Dubai – Stand B4 – 15th to 19th March 2011
For more information see www.artdubai.ae

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Brion Gysin exhibition ‘Alarm’ in Paris at Galerie de France now open

‘Alarm’, a new Brion Gysin exhibition in Paris at Galerie de France opened on 19th February and runs until 02 April 2011. La Galerie de France was one of the private galleries that supported and exhibited Brion Gysin’s work during his life time. This exhibition features works from private collections.

Galerie de France
54 rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris
Tel.: + 33 (0) 1 42 74 38 00

Mardi-Samedi (Tues-Sat)
12h-19h

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‘New Dream Machine Project’

'New Dream Machine Project' - Shezad Dawood, with The Master Musicians of Jajouka Led by Bachir Attar & Duke Garwood
A Concert in Tangier February 12, 2011, at The Cinematheque Tangier Apartment 22 (Rabat) : NEW DREAM MACHINE PROJECT of Shezad DAWOOD with the “Master Musicians of Jajouka “led by Bachir Attar, and Duke Garwood, February 12, 2011 at 19:00.
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Dreamachine featured in the sixth installment of the biennial exhibit “Electronics Alive”

ELECTRONICS ALIVE 6
The University of Tampa’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery will play host to works by more than 40 artists from Tampa and around the world in the sixth of the biennial exhibit, “Electronics Alive”. This invitational show presents top-notch works in the areas of computer animations, interactive digital pieces and computer graphics. It is truly an international show with artists hailing from countries in Europe, Asia, South America and North America.
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Brion Gysin in Latest Issue of ‘Passage’

Language Is A Virus Ian Sommerville (l) en Brion Gysin, 1962
The 14th issue of Passage contains articles about language, the dreamachine of Brion Gysin, the collaboration of Gysin with William Burroughs and Ian Sommerville (The Third Mind), a recently discovered photograph of Arthur Rimbaud’s presence in Aden, lots of photos of exhibitions and performances of artists in and around The Hague, about the experiences of Louis-Ferdinand Céline in the First World War and the latest novel of Michel Houellebecq. The purpose behind everything we write and make is to give the reader a sense of direction towards the unknown, towards the North-West Passage that leads to a new world.
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Brion Gysin’s Dreamachine is part of The Wellcome Collection’s ‘High Society’

Every society on Earth is a high society. Very few people live their lives without using some kind of mood- or mind-altering substance, whether it’s a cup of coffee, a chew of betel nut or a tablet of MDMA (ecstasy). High Society examines the history of some of these drugs from their plant origins and their early use as medicines through to their development into the synthetic chemicals that today feed an international drugs market estimated by the UN as worth $320 billion (£200bn) a year.

Beginning with the idea that the alteration of consciousness is a universal human impulse, the exhibition looks at the use of drugs across the world, whether for the recreational, experimental, religious or medical purposes. Many of the drugs featured are well known to us all. Others are from ancient cultures and distant places where they form an essential part of long-established rituals and belief systems.

Mind-altering drugs have often been the subject of scientific experiment, and also the source of artistic inspiration. For some, they offer an escape from daily life; for others, a fuller understanding of what it means to be human. But their widespread and uncontrolled use also poses complex questions and problems to which medicine, psychiatry, social science, education and the law are all struggling to respond.

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