borrows - a cut up experiment

Television programme, 33 min, 2006
with Christian Hillesoe / tv-tv

Sound recordings and texts by William S. Burroughs as well as video material of everyday situations in Copenhagen's public space were confronted and interwoven for this television program.

The method of editing was based on the method of "cut up" as described by Burroughs in his text "The invisible generation" from 1960:

“what we see is determined to a large extent by what we hear. You can verify this proposition by a simple experiment: Turn off the soundtrack on your television set and substitute an arbitrary soundtrack prerecorded on your tape recorder. Street sounds, music, conversations, recordings of other television programs. You will find that the arbitrary soundtrack seems to be appropriate and does in fact determine your interpretation of the film track on screen.”