2020 Conference: CUT-UPS@60

2020 Poster (November)CUT-UPS@60

London / Paris, September 2020 – EBSN Special Conference

Paris, keynotes: Udo Breger, Véronique Fanchette, Ken Hollings, Klaus Maeck, Jürgen Ploog, Terry Wilson

London, keynotes: Jordan Abel, Dodie Bellamy, Rudy Rucker, and Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky

2020 will be the 60th anniversary of the first publications using the cut-up methods initiated by William Burroughs and Brion Gysin at the Beat Hotel in Paris and developed in London throughout the 1960s. To mark this landmark in cultural history, CUT-UPS@60 will be an EBSN Special Conference, held at The University of Chicago Center in Paris, September 7-8, 2020 and at Student Central, University of London, September 10-11, 2020.

With two days of events in each city, the conference will be a major multidisciplinary occasion to examine the past and explore the ongoing legacies of the connections that Burroughs’ work in particular made between artistic and social radicalism. In Paris, sessions will be in French as well as English, while some sessions will be bilingual.

We envisage talks, workshops, exhibitions, and performances in film and music (remix, sampling, mashup), literature and the arts (collage, chance), politics (détournement as ideology critique), sexual identity (therapeutic deconditioning), philosophy (deconstruction of language), social movements (participatory activism), the occult (divination, exorcism), and science (virus/genetic research).

The legacy of cut-ups invites attention to the A to Z of writers, musicians and filmmakers whose work they informed and inspired, from Kathy Acker to Jon Zorn, via Sinclair Beiles, David Bowie, Jan Herman, Harold Norse, Claude Pélieu, Jürgen Ploog, Carl Weissner, Terry Wilson and many more.

The conference looks to the future and will also be a major retrospective, featuring a triple book launch: a cut-up trilogy of incendiary pamphlets with expanded 60th anniversary editions of Minutes to Go and The Exterminator, and a never-before-seen handbook of guerrilla tactics assembled from recently discovered archival sources, BATTLE INSTRUCTIONS.

Proposals, in English or French, will be invited for any input that carries on the work of or about cut-ups. The call will remain open until January 2020, and further details about venues and dates will be confirmed in due course.

As an EBSN Special Conference, arrangements will be similar but not identical to the usual Annual Conference: there will be an AGM for members and the same commitments to mix critical and creative contributions and to incorporate young scholars and independent researchers into the programme, with concessionary rates for EBSN members, whether or not they are presenting or performing. Most obviously, the specialist focus of this conference will narrow the field of proposals, and the call does not include unrelated work in the broad Beat field.

Co-organisers London:               Oliver Harris, with Paul Aliferis, Alex Sharpe
Co-organisers Paris:                    Oliver Harris, with Paul Aliferis, Davis Schneiderman
Conference Administrators:      Raven See (English); Lucie Malagnat (French).
Initial enquiries:                          oliverharris@mac.com

CUT-UPS@60 is being sponsored by the Beat publishers MOLOKO PRINT (molokoplusrecords.de), based in Schönebeck, Germany, and Third Mind Books (thirdmindbooks.com), based in Ann Arbor (Michigan), USA. Their titles are available for sale on their websites. EBSN would like to thank them for their generous support.

CUT-UPS@60 London is being generously supported by: The British Academy.

CUT-UPS@60 Paris is being generously supported by: The University of Chicago Center in Paris.


Discover more about the event organized in Paris on October 1st, 2019, HERE.