RE/Searching for Gysin

Published on March 21st, 2013


RE/Search Publishing was founded in 1980 by V. Vale and Andrea Juno. According to the Wiki, the San Fransisco-based company was originally funded by $100 they were given by Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs. This is an interesting fact as RE/Search becomes known as a magazine – eventually in book form – that celebrated Western countercultural ancestors while simultaneously seeking out cutting-edge expressions, mixing together content on/by The Slits, Situationism, Burroughs, Ballard, Throbbing Gristle and Brion Gysin.

The Gysin connection is a particularly interesting one as it seems Vale has an archive of original paintings and audio interviews with the artist that he has never shared. In this video, he talks about his relationship with Gysin and the art monograph that never was – but could still be.

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Joe Nolan is a critic, columnist, singer/songwriter and sometime NPR contributor. He can be heard every week on SittingNow's CCN podcast. Joe thinks coffee is a sacrament. Joe thinks surreal is the new black.

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