From the Horse's Mouth

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Posted in Mind Goo by theskinhorse on September 15, 2010

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  1. patience said, on September 17, 2010 at 9:37 am

    do you write this and then go about cutting it up and putting it back together? just wondering what is the process you are using here.

    peace and blessings

  2. theskinhorse said, on September 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Hi. :)

    What I tend to do is take a piece that I have written previously, like a dream or emotive piece, and, when the time feels right, I plug it into a cut-up generator. (One can be found here: http://www.languageisavirus.com/cutupmachine.html) Alternatively, for a more tactile experience, one can print out the page, physically cut it up and toss the pieces to fall as they may or pick them out of a bag etc.

    Once I have the cut-up, I go through it and give the prose structure and some punctuation. I sometimes delete duplicate words when they are placed next to each other. A person can manipulate the cut-up as much as they want. I tend to manipulate the actual text that is generated less, to keep it as “untouched” post cut-up as possible.

    The idea is that the cut-up piece highlights certain concepts and themes. When read by others, it speaks more to the unconscious mind and can elicit reactionary responses. Readers take the messages as they will. When certain themes trigger such visceral reactions, it can be indicative of areas that are sensitive or need attention. It may speak to one and sound like gibberish to others. What is important about cut-ups to the reader is what the reader can see in it and what it means to them, not the original template. What is important to the writer is what themes are emphasized and what the transformation reveals that the original text may have hidden.


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