the cut-up


My previous work has dealt with the notion of construction/deconstruction/reconstruction.  Thus, in the process, there is a “trash pile” of material left over.  I’ve been reading a bit about “cut-up” and “fold-in” techniques.  I am applying this method to my new objects.


“The text is a tissue of quotations drawn from the innumerable centres of culture…the writer can only imitate a gesture that is always anterior, never original.” Roland Barthes, “The Death of the Author” (1977)

“Cut the words and see how they fall.” William S. Burroughs


“The modern scriptor is born simultaneously with the text… the hand, cut off from any voice, borne by a pure gesture of inscription (and not of expression), traces a field without origin—or which, at least, has no other origin than language itself, language which ceaselessly calls into question all origins.” Roland Barthes, “The Death of the Author” (1977)

“When you cut into the present the future leaks out.” William S. Burroughs



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