Brion Gysin

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Brion Gysin

Painter, writer, sound poet, and performance artist born in Taplow, Buckinghamshire add

Category: Visual Arts

Born in 1916, deceased in 1986.

Countries: United States (47%), United Kingdom (35%), France (6%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: William S. Burroughs, William Blake, Cannabis edible

Linked to: Downside School, University of Paris, BBC, Dada




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Brion Gysin was born in 1916 add something


Paul Bowles - In 1951, Bowles was introduced to the Master Musicians of Jajouka, having first heard the musicians when he and Brion Gysin attended a festival or "moussem" at Sidi Kacem


Cannabis edible - The writer Alice B. Toklas's inclusion of her friend Brion Gysin's recipe for "Haschich Fudge" in her 1954 literary memoir "The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook" caused a sensation at the time, and led to her name becoming associated with cannabis food with the use of the phrase "Alice B. Toklas brownies" for many years afterwards


William S. Burroughs - He appeared alongside Brion Gysin in a number of short films in the 1960s directed by Balch


John Giorno - Meetings with William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin in 1964 contributed to his interest in applying cut up and montage techniques to found texts, and his first audio poem pieces, one of which was played at the Paris Museum of Modern Art Biennale in 1965

Brion Gysin died in 1986 add something


Didier Lestrade - In 1986, the publication folded after conducting ninety full-length interviews, in both English and French, including David Hockney, Bronski Beat, Brion Gysin, Divine, Gilbert & George and Tom of Finland


Ira Cohen - He had a show called "Retrospectacle" at the October Gallery in London and he took part along with William Burroughs, Terry Wilson and Hakim Bey at the "Here To Go Show" in Dublin in 1992 which celebrated the painter Brion Gysin


The album was reissued on CD in 1993 by Crammed Discs, under the title "Self-Portrait Jumping" add something


Scott Treleaven - Concurrent with the documentary Queercore: A Punk-u-mentary, Treleaven created an illustrated zine project called This Is The Salivation Army (1996–1999): a mix of punk, goth, occult, and industrial music aesthetics, alongside homages to iconoclasts like William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, William_Blake, and Derek Jarman.


Interviewed for "The Guardian" in 1997, Burroughs explained that Gysin was "the only man that I've ever respected in my life add something


Inkblot/Xochi, Oakland/Brisbane: Inkblot/Xochi, 2000 add something


A monograph on Gysin was published in 2003 by Thames and Hudson add something


According to José Férez Kuri, author of "Brion Gysin: Tuning in to the Multimedia Age" and co-curator of a major retrospective of the artist's work at The Edmonton Art Gallery in 1998, Gysin's wide range of "radical ideas would become a source of inspiration for artists of the Beat Generation, as well as for their successors " add something


Kenneth Anger - Anger makes an appearance in the 2008 feature documentary by Nik Sheehan about Brion Gysin and the Dreamachine titled "FLicKeR"


Iggy Pop - Iggy makes an appearance in the 2008 feature documentary by Nik Sheehan about Brion Gysin and the Dreamachine entitled "FLicKeR"


Lee Ranaldo - Ranaldo made an appearance in the 2008 feature documentary by Nik Sheehan about Brion Gysin and the Dreamachine entitled "FLicKer"


Marianne Faithfull - She has appeared in the 2008 feature documentary by Nik Sheehan on Brion Gysin and the dreamachine, entitled FLicKeR.


Jack Sargeant - In 2014 a collection of essays on the world of William Burroughs and associated artists such as Brion Gysin was published as "Against Control" by Swedish publisher Eight Millimetre