‘method writing’, the future?…


I have always been deeply interested in the shared ‘processes’ between creative practitioners. An observation of the prominent role improvisation plays behind my painting practice led me to explore similar processes in other creative fields and equivalents between disciplines. Continue reading

My ‘cut-up’ :2 – Austrey Rangers spider crawl

One fine sunny morning, Before Breakfast a white elephant, A little girl, a new lamb and a little runty pig entered into the first round of the the Austrey Rangers spider crawl.

After a goalless first half, the world of injustice wobbled, as a four-goal haul from Gladders and a nose bleed set the Polesworth Royal Oak to distribute pigs to early risers stood watching. ‘This is the most terrible case of injustice, it’s unfair,’ shouted Tom Brown via email

“coffee, bacon, damp plaster, and wood smoke from the burger van, The Burger van queue, was queer’, ‘can those in a position opening the Sir Robert Peel reverse using continual cuts in raising a litter of pigs’,

in Division One, an inspired Royal Oak Kings- winner for Heaton turned Sunday League Tamworth residents from crying. They had a very warm breakfast, that smelt of supplements of sparrow with new lamb on nine eggs. The NHS hospital waved effective valuable points as ‘Springtime,’ hour carried water towards PREMIER Division title hope- Reserves AFC Bolehall and Two Gates.

in the run up to the Bromsgrove Hospital, and Dis-

trict Football League, Army Veterinary Corp one Mad Dog didn’t hit top gear, as the wind blew John Arable’s face he planted his back flipThe mans forelegs trembled as a nose bleed rolled the towel to the woods. He then hobbled off having injured himself as a substitute, .A thrilling end-to-end game that promised an all-singing light scratching through its strengthened, old web.imageimageimage

‘The Cut-up’

Originating from Tristan Tzara and the original Dadaists, and later popularised by the painter Brion Gysin And ‘Beat’ author William Burroughs. The ‘cut up technique’ is an aleatoric literary method in which lines and pages of text are literally ‘cut up’ and re-arranged to form new passages of text. Closely related to the ‘cut-up’, is the ‘fold-in’ technique developed by Burroughs. The ‘fold-in’ is where two pagesimage

of linear text are folded vertically, placed next to the other, and read across the page conventionally, resulting in a new passage of text.

Originally used by the Dadaists who preached ‘Poetry is for everybody’. Tristan Zara would randomly pick lines of text from various different sources to form poems. The technique was later used by artists and painters such as Gysin, who interpreted the technique to form the ‘Collage’ technique. Having been introduced to the ‘cut-up’ by Gysin, Burroughs applied the technique throughout his career and famously wrote ‘The Nova Trilogy’ with the method.

Often used to encourage a ‘free-er’ approach to creative practice, the method takes it’s place next to other aleatoric creative process such as improvisation, chance procedures and John Cage’s ‘indeterminate processes’. Burroughs famously once said, ‘you can’t will spontaneity, but you can encourage it with a pair of scissors’.