by Red Cell via Uncle Oddy
“Listen to your present time tapes and you will begin to see who you are and what you are doing here mix yesterday in with today and hear tomorrow your future rising out of old recordings.”
Curator Mark Jackson is bringing together 23 musicians, artists, writers, composers and curators in a collaborative effort based on two unreleased tape experiments by William S. Burroughs from the mid 1960s. Dead Fingers Talk: The Tape Experiments of William S. Burroughs, explores the famous author’s obsession with pseudo-scientific investigations of sound, technology and our relationship to them. The infamous ex-patriot Brion Gysin was a large influence on Burroughs’ fascination with these type of extreme manipulations, although he is not on these particular tapes. This event will be happening at the continually impressive London contemporary art gallery, IMT
Each of the participants were asked to contribute “a recording” in response to these unique tapes and the result has been a wide variety of mediums and styles, each player reinterpreting what “recording” means to them. There is so far no word from IMT if these one-of-a-kind tapes will be released for public consumption, most likey they will not, so this may be the only chance for Burroughs fans to hear them!
The exhibition includes work by Joe Ambrose, Steve Aylett, Alex Baker & Kit Poulson, Lawrence English, The Human Separation, Riccardo Iacono, Anthony Joseph, Cathy Lane, Eduardo Navas, Negativland, o.blaat, Aki Onda, Jörg Piringer, Plastique Fantastique, Simon Ruben White, Giorgio Sadotti, Scanner, Terre Thaemlitz, Thomson & Craighead, Laureana Toledo and Ultra-red, with performances by Ascsoms and Solina Hi-Fi.
Dead Fingers Talk: The Tape Experiments of William S. Burroughs will be at IMT from 28th May – 18th July 2010.
The project is supported by the London College of Communication, CRiSAP and ADi Audiovisual and has been made possible by the kind assistance of the William Burroughs Trust, Riflemaker and the British Library.