Brion Gysin (Taplow House, UK, 1916 – Paris, FR, 1986)
Brion Gysin was a painter, writer, sound poet, and performance artist associated with the Beat Generation. He has dealt with poetry in all its forms. In fact, he composed experimental texts of a permutational, calligraphic, visual and sound type. In 1958 he invented the cut-up, a technique of composition based on the assembly of pieces of pre-recorded magnetic tape, which he also applied to writing by creating examples of novel-collage.
He lived in Tangier from 1950 to 1958, where he opened The Thousand and One Nights restaurant and where he met William S. Burroughs, with whom he had a long artistic relationship. Since 1958 he has been in Paris where he participates in the creative and transgressive atmosphere of the Beat Hotel frequented in those years by Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Derek Raymond, Harold Norse and Gregory Corso.