Monday, February 26, 2007

The Cut-Up Method of Brion Gysin

William Burroughs describes a technique, the cut-up method, based on earlier experiments of the surrealism period. He also talks about computer pioneer John von Neumann, who uses the cut-up method of action into game strategy in his Theory of Games and Economic Behavior. Burroughs considers writting cut-ups because it turns into collages. Cut-ups can be anything and it is used in any field. They can also come through as code messages with special meaning for the cutter. He concludes that cut-ups could add new dimension to films, meaning a person can cut and rearrange the word and image in a film.
Question: Why did he decide to have the preceding two paragraphs that are cut into four sections and rearranged at the end of the article?

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