The artist Brion Gysin is accredited with developing the ‘cut-up’ montage technique – a new form of writing whereby text and image fragments are intuitively pieced together to form open associative narrative structures. This method of ‘cut-ups’ has since been utilised as a method of writing, from the earliest automatist techniques influences of Dadaism and surrealism, through to Tristan Tzara pulling pieces of poetry from a hat. One of the most interesting examples of this approach can be heard on The Cold Spring Tape (a legendary cassette-only release of 100 copies)featuring readings and interviews with Genesis P. Orridge of (at that time) Psychic TV, William S Burroughs and Brion Gysin, where they explain their procedural rules of ‘cut-ups’. This ‘rule-based’ method of creating has been likened to a disruptive technique arising from a distrust of order and rules within language, thus making it ironically most suited to the development of a new vision for the city that is in part a critique of traditional urbanism.The legacy of this cut-up town planning method is evident from the post-modern writings on ‘Learning from Las Vegas’through to the work of Rem Koolhaas’ and his treatment of the ‘city as an object’.
|Corbusier's 1932 competition entry for the Palace of the Soviets.|
|Corbusier's proposal for the Palace of the Soviets next to the Tyne Deck - Spot the difference.|
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