Cut Ups in the Internet Age

Jim Andrews talks about Burroughs, Gysin, Dali, Stir Frys, and the implications of the Internet on cut-up technique on his excellent site, VispO

“If we acknowledge that our ideas are drawn not always from a blank tablet but are instead indebted to the work of those whom we have read and heard and seen, we see that much of what we do, however original, is cut together from the work of others. More generally, the language we use is gotten not from a blank tablet but from what has gone before. So there is a sense in which even this sort of writing is a cut up or cut together.”

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