To mark the William S Burroughs centenary, a few days after what would have been his 100th birthday, Guerrilla Zoo presents an experiential event inspired by his life and times. Based within the strange and seedy surreal "metaphorical stateless city" of 'Interzone' inspired by the cult beat writer whilst in the north Moroccan city of Tangier during 1950s, where he wrote his acclaimed influential nonlinear novel Naked Lunch (published almost 55 years ago). The event, which takes the world of Burroughs' writing and brings them to life with an immersive spectacle, combines promenade theatre, music, performances art, films and art installations - Think Naked Lunch meets Punch Drunk.
Burroughs was informed by a lifetime of dialogue with provocative and penetrating thinkers. Often these interactions sparked new directions in writing, film, sound, and visual art. Notable collaborators include Antony Balch, Ian Sommerville, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Keith Haring, Robert Rauschenberg, George Condo, Philip Taaffe, Robert Wilson, Tom Waits, Kurt Cobain, John Giorno, Terry Southern, Sinclair Beiles, & Gregory Corso.
He continued writing until the day he died, on 2 August 1997, Burroughs passed away at home at the age of 83.
Burroughs was not only a highly influential writer in the realm of arts, but in the cultural landscape at large.
Rebel Rebel … David Bowie and William Burroughs photographed by Terry O’Neill in 1974 and hand-coloured by Bowie. Photograph: Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive 2012. © V&A Images
The recent release of John Krokidas' "Kill Your Darlings" saw Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe portraying Ginsberg and Ben Foster as Burroughs. There is a boisterous beauty about the film thats depicted through the quick pacing, jazzy hallucinagenic interludes and periods of manic genius that mirror what we have grown accustomed to be the romantic illusions of the beatnik generation.
“He was one of the most forward-thinking minds we have had. We can feel the waves of his influence today.” Ben Foster on playing Burroughs in John Krokidas' film Kill Your Darlings
Through Burroughs multiple creative outputs it is clear his legacy has an enduring and continuing social and political relevance bringing to light some very important issues that are still in tune with the times today.
There is a cultural shift in the way we are seeing the world, the governments, the big industries and how we engage with them and each other. Writer's like Burroughs helped shine a bright translucent light at how the 'Control Machine' operates, and with Edward Snowden's 'politically backed spying' revelations that far surpass George Orwell's dystopian glance at the future, perhaps we need a little reminder that one person is all it takes to throw a spanner in the greasy cogs to disrupt the system and instigate a change.
Celebrating 100 Years of William S Burroughs - An immersive party combining promenade theatre, music, performance and art.
DATE : Friday 7th Feburary 2014
TIMES : 8PM - 3AM
LOCATION : Secret London Location
TICKETS : www.guerrillazoo.com/interzone-burroughs-100 [Adv Only]
RSVP : www.facebook.com/events/262178000596380
Flyer Image by John De Moss