Archivi tag: William Burroughs

cts ryan on the cut up technique

in chiesa per un viaggio con gysin e burroughs

One of Belfast’s oldest former churches has been transformed into a powerful new immersive art experience.

Carlisle Memorial Church has become the latest venue in the UK to host a giant version of Brion Gysin’s Dreamachine, where audiences lie back and close their eyes for a performance of sound and white light.


till Sept. 4th !

see also:

desemantized writing in the journals of allen ginsberg and william burroughs / jim leftwich. 2022

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william burroughs interviewed by kathy acker (1988)

the ny “bunker” of william burroughs: an interview with john giorno / christian lund. 2018

Louisiana Channel

commissioner of sewers / klaus maeck. 1986

burroughs: the movie / howard brookner. 1983

the third mind / burroughs – gysin. 1978


flicker / nik sheehan. 2009

The flicker effect was identified by the famously independent-minded scientist W. Grey Walter in his best- selling 1953 book The Living Brain.
Grey Walter – who was soon to become the father of Artificial Intelligence – discovered that by using high-powered stroboscopes and experimenting with trigger feedback techniques where the flash was set to fire in synchronization with the brain’s rhythms, the brain is, “transformed temporarily to a different sort of brain.” Walter found that time itself could become lost or disturbed. As he observed of one subject:

“[He had] the sense of having been pushed sideways in time by flicker. Yesterday was no longer behind, and tomorrow was no longer ahead..”

Stroboscopic light, or light flashing on the eye between 8 and 13 flashes per second, induces alpha wave activity in the brain – a state normally associated with dreaming and creativity. Subjects often report seeing shapes and colours, some have full-blown hallucinations, others mystical experiences. Approximately one in 4,000 people will have an epileptic seizure.

In 1997, ten million Japanese schoolchildren, and some adults, tuned into the animé cartoon Pokemon to see a “flashing explosion with high frequency red and blue flicker stimulation” hit the screen and persist. What happened next sparked international headlines. Some viewers went into a trance-like state, as if hypnotized. Others experienced altered vision and shortness of breath. Some passed out, others had seizures. Hospitals all over Japan received admissions, though nobody was permanently damaged.



su “alias”: franca cavagnoli sull’epistolario di w. burroughs

brion gysin: dream machine [and much more] at the new museum / james kalm. 2010


nova express: “the intolerable kid” (readings by william s. burroughs and philip proctor)

a film by Andre Perkowski
based on the writings of
William S. Burroughs

readings by
William S. Burroughs
and Philip Proctor
music by Andre Perkowski

(excerpt from draft five)

Thanks to:
James Grauerholz
Oliver Harris
Jan Herman
Keith Seward
Jan Herman
Carl Weissner
Giorno Poetry Systems

william burroughs: shotgun paintings

sovversione vs school of quietude

William Burroughs a Gérard Lemaire: ” ‘Scrivere significa vedere fino a che punto si può far sì che qualcosa si produca’. L’atto di scrittura è una riscrittura del mondo e di conseguenza una violenta operazione di sovversione” [grassetto mio]

(E: grazie ad Andrea Balietti per aver rammentato questo passo).

Sembra in piena attività, almeno in Italia, invece, quella che parecchio tempo fa Ron Silliman chiamava la “School of Quietude”.

towers open fire / william burroughs. 1963