Cut-Up Tuesday!

Ok, let’s start with an except of a film on Burroughs.

Now, what’s a cut-up? How does it differ from a mix? Turntablism? & what does Burroughs imply by, “When you cut into the present, the future leaks out”?

With questions such as these in mind, today we’ll look at randomness as a method and cut-ups as a technique, beginning with cassette tape cut-ups.

In your clusters, you will cut-up a cassette tape and swap content with two other groups. We’ll then play back your cut-ups.

Since Burroughs experimented with film and text as well, we’ll cut-up a few books.

We’ll try the following methods:

(1) Sections (i.e., cutting down the middle and across the page) of a single book,

(2) Columns (i.e., cutting several pages into three columns) of a single book,

(3) Folds (i.e., one page into another) of a single book, and

(4) Permutations of 1-3 above with all three books.

How do these exercises influence our perceptions of time? Of space? Of materiality? Of embodiment? Of narrative?

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