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Brion Gysin


Brion Gysin (January 19, 1916 – July 13, 1986) was a painter, writer, sound poet, and performance artist born in Taplow, Buckinghamshire.

He is best known for his discovery of the cut-up technique, used by his friend, the novelist William S. Burroughs. With the engineer Ian Sommerville he invented the Dreamachine, a flicker device designed as an art object to be viewed with the eyes closed. It was in painting and drawing, however, that Gysin devoted his greatest efforts, creating calligraphic works inspired by the cursive Japanese "grass" script and Arabic script. Burroughs later stated that "Brion Gysin was the only man I ever respected."


1.) "Brion's view of Creating soon changed. By age fifteen he was an avowed atheist attending St. Joseph's Catholic High School." John Geiger, Nothing is true - everything is permitted: the life of Brion Gysin (2005), page 25.

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