Thursday, July 8, 2010

Brion Gysin retrospective "Dream Machine" at New Museum, The Bowery, New York City open now

Boujeloud in Joujouka by Brion Gysin 1958 
The New Museum presents  “Brion Gysin: Dream Machine,” the first US retrospective of the work of the painter, performer, poet, and writer Brion Gysin (born 1916, Taplow, UK–died 1986, Paris). Working simultaneously in a variety of mediums, Gysin was an irrepressible inventor, serial collaborator, and subversive spirit whose considerable innovations continue to influence musicians and writers, as well as visual and new media artists today. The exhibition will include over 300 drawings, books, paintings, photo-collages, films, slide projections, and sound works, as well as an original Dreamachine—a kinetic light sculpture that utilizes the flicker effect to induce visions when experienced with closed eyes. “Brion Gysin: Dream Machine” is curated by Laura Hoptman, Kraus Family Senior Curator, and will be on view in the New Museum’s second floor gallery.

The show includes The Here to Go Tapes with Brion Gysin and Terry Wilson which was edited by Terry Wilson  and  The Master Musicians of Joujouka producer Frank Rynne who produced The Here to GoTapes (Here to Go Show/Subliminal Records 1992) with Dave Goodman (Sex Pistol's Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle, UK Subs etc). The tapes were edited from the interview tapes that Terry Wilson recorded with Brion Gysin that formed the text of the book Here to Go Planet 101 revisited by Brion Gysin and Terry Wilson.
 Dont forget to check out the New Museum Shop for a host of Gysin and Joujouka related releases and publications.

Here to Go Show poster 1992 designed by Niall Sweeney. 
This was the first full showing of Brion Gysin and William Buuroughs with Mohamed Hamri, 
The Master Musicians of Joujouka , Hakim Bey, Ira Cohen, Terry Wilson, Felicity Mason and more.

Gysin's connection to the master Musicians of Joujouka is also mentioned by The Wall Street Journal's Laura A. Rugarber in her review:

The Rolling Stones were also in Gysin’s orbit; the artist is said to have introduced Moroccan Joujouka, a type of music said to have healing properties, to guitarist Brian Jones.
However, Regina Weinreich while praising the show notes that Gysin's Moroccan period is under represented

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