Brion Gysin et Ian Sommerville
Great Britain / Canada
Great Britain

Brion Gysin was a painter, writer, sound poet and performance artist born in England and raised in Edmonton (Canada). One of the most important artists of the twentieth century, he is perhaps best known for his “discovery” or “re-discovery” of the cut-up technique, developed by his friend, the novelist William S. Burroughs. Gysin travelled widely, living in Vancouver, Tangier, New York and Paris. He died in 1986. The New Museum (New York) put together a comprehensive retrospective of his work in 2010.

British electronics technician and computer programmer Ian Sommerville is primarily known through his association with Burroughs’s circle of “Beat Generation” figures. Among other things, he assisted Gysin in his Tape Recorder Experiments. Born in 1940, he died in 1976.

Dreamachine (1960-2011)