CUTTING UP CULTURE

About Brion Gysin

Multi-media artist Brion Gysin produced pioneering paintings, drawings, collage, sound, literature, music, performance and kinetic art.

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The cut-up method

Upon cutting through the newspapers, Gysin noticed that the sliced layers offered interesting juxtapositions of text and image.

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  • William Burroughs rearranging text cut-ups

Cut ups

The cut-up method is best-known as a literary technique in which a written text is cut up and rearranged to create a new text. Find out more and see examples.

“Take your own words or the words said to be “the very own words” of anyone else living or dead. You’ll soon see that words don’t belong to anyone. Words have a vitality of their own and you or anybody else can make them gush into action.”

Brion Gysin