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Started by Twizzle Jan 20, 2016. 0 Replies

I think I have the basic idea?

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on January 28, 2020 at 4:04am

Someone sent me this link to a new book that is being published of the writings of Brion Gysin & William S. Burroughs on the cut-up technique.

You probably won't find a better understanding of cut-up than going directly to Gysin & Burroughs. Included is an explanation of the difference between cut-up & DaDa methods.

Apparently this new volume includes a new printing of the book The Third Mind (1978) by Gysin & Burroughs, which originally fared very poorly and copies are hard to find. Of course it is now a classic. (Gysin only rarely visited the USA & was not well know in the states until after Burroughs' (final) return.) Anyway, looks like a good book.

Comment by Jennifer Wallace on November 24, 2019 at 9:54pm

Thanks for picking up on this, Ficus. Things are making more sense now.

Comment by Ficus strangulensis on November 24, 2019 at 4:16pm

Woopsie! You, sho-nuff got a cutup there fer sure!

Comment by Jennifer Wallace on November 24, 2019 at 3:33pm

Thanks for the feedback, Ficus!

The lines of text in the orange collage are strips of text, not in the order as presented, and missing parts of each line - relatively little's obscured by other collaged material, with me trying to only obscure what anyone could straightforwardly fill in (with mixed success for each line).

I appreciate the comments - regardless of any level of expertise - because text in collage more than interests me, it delights me. But I tend to use words or phrases as found, with new meanings or associations only coming from the collage juxtaposition / disruption. I wanted to use these lines, to be honest because they were printed in orange! As a result, I tried all sorts of different things, ending up with this, and only when decisions were made, did I wonder whether this is now cut-up technique text.

What you're pointing me towards thinking is that the answer depends on my intention?

Comment by Ficus strangulensis on November 24, 2019 at 12:09pm

Here's a link to what wikipedia 'thinks' cutups are.

Comment by Ficus strangulensis on November 24, 2019 at 12:05pm

Hi, Jennifer. I'll offer an opinion although I DO NOT consider myself an expert on what is/isn't a cutup.

I believe that cutups get their magic from new associations caused by juxtaposing text snip[pet]s and the example you pose seems to have but one text snip. Although, the blocking of part of that snip by the orange hand might lead to new meanings or associations?

I suppose that one could snip in such a fashion that the removals around the edge could change the meaning of the remainder. One could even snip word[part]s out of the internal body of the snip but that'd be like the crooked redactions we've seen in the news of late.

Comment by Jennifer Wallace on November 24, 2019 at 11:51am

I've used some lines of text in this collage (bottom right - not the single words) ... is this the cut-up technique?

Comment by carl baker on November 24, 2019 at 2:28am


Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 22, 2019 at 4:48am

Cut-up I received from Ficus strangulensis (West Virgina, USA). Thanks Fike!

Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 17, 2019 at 4:19am


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