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Late Night Thursday / “When You Cut Into the Present the Future Leaks Out:...

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117 8 Avenue Southwest

Calgary, AB T2P 1B4

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Combining film screenings, local guest speakers, music, cocktails and food, our monthly series Late Nights at Contemporary Calgary invites Calgarians to learn about contemporary art, writing and design while enjoying a night out with friends.

Edmonton artist Blair Brennan explores the “cut-up” method of Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs. Brennan has long been fascinated by this aleatory technique (a sort of literary collage) and has employed it frequently in his own text-based artworks. The literary experiment was fundamental to a significant portion of Burroughs output as a writer and his visual art; however, it is tempting to disregard Burroughs’ use of the cut- up as the whimsical idiosyncrasy of one author. Marshal McLuhan’s 1964 article in The Nation on Burroughs’ infamous book Naked Lunch, provides insight into the use of the cut-up, not as a novelty but as a methodology that can, as Burroughs suggested, be readily adapted to the work of any writer, musician or artist.

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