http://www.ubu.com/film/gysin_perm.html

video softare permutation by john moore new museum exhibition on bryan gysin retrospective

There is minor irony that the second historical figure in a lineage of digital poetry is a painter: Brion Gysin. [Sources: Prehistoric Digital Poetry (pg.39) and Kostelanetz’s Text-Sound Texts]

Cohort of William Burroughs and narcotic doyen of a furtive circle of eccentric lunatics, Gysin combined surrealist techniques and Dadaist recipes with digital algorithms (programmed by Ian Somerville in 1960 ) to create permutational poetry based around the phrase I AM THAT I AM

Echoes of the hypnotic reveries of the theosophist charismatics and the chanting of the bedouin transplanted into computational form show an early resonance between rhythmic repetitions designed to either numb the mind or open it inexplicably into trance and esoteric meaning structures inherent withinn the syntactical synew of language itself. Gysin theorized in his 1960 essay entitled Cut-Ups Self-Explained:

http://glia.ca/conu/digitalPoetics/prehistoric-blog/?p=5

http://www.briongysin.com/BG/Calligraffiti_of_Fire.html

I AM THAT I AM
AM I THAT I AM
I THAT AM I AM
THAT I AM I AM
AM THAT I I AM
THAT AM I I AM
I AM I THAT AM
AM I I THAT AM
I I AM THAT AM
I I AM THAT AM
AM I I THAT AM
I AM I THAT AM
I THAT I AM AM
THAT I I AM AM
I I THAT AM AM
I I THAT AM AM
THAT I I AM AM
I THAT I AM AM
AM THAT I I AM
THAT AM I I AM
AM I THAT I AM
I AM THAT I AM


http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/422/

Dreamachine—a kinetic light sculpture that utilizes the flicker effect to induce visions when experienced with closed eyes.

In 1959, Gysin created the Cut-Up Method, in which words and phrases were literally cut up into pieces and then rearranged to untether them from their received meanings and reveal new ones. His Cut-Up experiments, which he shared with his lifelong friend and collaborator William S. Burroughs, culminated in Burroughs and Gysin’s The Third Mind, a book-length collage manifesto on the Cut-Up Method and its uses.

Dead Fingers Talk: The Tape Experiments of William S. Burroughs http://www.imagemusictext.com/project-listing/deadfingerstalk#more-950

Artist: JAMES ELPHICK Website: http://www.jameselphick.co.uk/ / http://www.guerrillazoo.com/ Title of work::: The Dreamachine  James will be presenting a prototype of his re-interpretation of William S Burroughs and Brion Gysin’s cult stroboscopic hallucination inducing flicker device, The Dreamachine.