The process of cutting-out and re-placing images and texts is frequently employed in your work, what draws you to this act of making?
It’s such a detailed process, the way I make animation is very slow compared to anything else I make, so it can feel labour intensive. But I really like the effect of immediacy in the images cut out of my drawings, and the way the space is built, like a collage. The potential of visual invention in animation really entices me. I like to enhance materialities – using metallic paint, photographing the drawings under a light source, using hand-made paper and so on.
William Burroughs, The Cut Up Method
The cut-up technique is an aleatory literary technique in which a written text is cut up and rearranged to create a new text. The concept can be traced to at least the Dadaists of the 1920s, but was popularized in the late 1950s and early 1960s by writer, chaos magician and member of the international magical organization Illuminates of Thanateros, William S. Burroughs, and has since been used in a wide variety of contexts.
Burroughs discovered the cutup in 1959 in Paris through his friend Brion Gysin, a painter. When Gysin began experimenting with cutups in his own work, Burroughs immediately saw the similarity to the juxtaposition technique he had used in Naked Lunch and began extensive experiments with text, often with the collaboration of other writers.
CLICK HERE to read William Burroughs' "The Cut Up Method", 1963