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I Tried to Trip on Light With My Homemade Dream Machine British painter, writer and sound poet Brion Gysin to develop the Dreamachine. The influential artists’ surreal machines make a return. Brion Gysin remains an enormous influence on the world of music. His cut-up writing. Brion Gysin, one of my favorite artists and influences, was a pioneer of sound poetry and multimedia collage, as well as a painter, calligraphist.

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Molly Finnegan Molly Finnegan. Certain traumatic experiences have made me conclude that at the moment of birth I was delivered to the wrong address. I have done what I could to make up for this. Photo by Naho Kubota. The late-twentieth century experimental artist Brion Gysin was a changeling.

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Macbine his career, he engaged in a project of blotting out his race, his nationality and — in what many see as his best work — his language. The exhibition is comprised of over paintings, drawings, films, photo-collages, slide projections, and audio recordings, as well as the Dreamachine, a device that flickers at a rate of eight to thirteen pulses per second.


Burroughs Archive, Courtesy William S. Burroughs Trust, Lawrence, Kansas. Brion Gysin, Untitled, Brion Gysin, Self-Portrait Jumping, Brion Gysin, The Last Museum, Galerie de France, Paris.


Gysin was a dilettante defined less machinf technique than by attitude and a brino inventiveness, who anticipated the rise of the artist who writes, paints, acts, sings, films, blogs, and tweets all at the same time. Eschewing traditional divisions in the artistic community, he also defied social and political categories: During his travels, he gobbled up languages like French, Japanese and Arabic, then disgorged a weird hybrid on the page or canvas a species of language, but language degraded beyond recognition.

You read his work from right to left a la Arabic or Hebrew. In A Trip From Here to Therea menagerie of glyphs unspools across 48 connected sheets of mulberry paper like values on a Richter scale.

A series grion untitled works from contain lines like knotted filaments, vibrating like beams of light refracted on the bottom of a pool. Though paranoid and subversive, Gysin was not immune to the dominant artistic methods and movements of his time. He co-opted the calligraphic mark from abstract expressionism, orbited the Surrealist clique upon his arrival in Paris inand later collaborated with William S.

Burroughs, an elder statesman of the Beat Generation. Gysin invented the Cut-Up — which involved the random dismantling and splicing of linguistic fragments — when he inadvertently cut up a stack of newspapers while preparing to mount a drawing.


Gysin harvested fragments from the Bible, Shakespeare, and Milton, slogans of the Beat generation, and even audio recordings. Read Dec 31 AP fact check: Read Dec 31 House Democrats unveil plan to open government. Watch Dec 29 Government shutdown: Read Dec 28 What happened in ? Test yourself with this quiz.

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