Bluring the lines between sleep and wakefulness

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William S. Burroughs

From Midnight February 5th till Midnight on February 6th, 2014, Marshall Weber (artist and director of Booklyn’s Collection Development and Exhibitions Departments) will celebrate the 100th birthday of William S. Burroughs by doing a 24 hour non-stop solo recital mash-up of Burrough’s infamous The Nova Trilogy, which is formed by the cut-up novels: The Soft Machine, The Ticket That Exploded and Nova Express at Munch Gallery, New York City.-

Weber has been doing solo, marathon recitals of literature in public spaces and on the streets since 1994, when he started “The Ulysses Cycle” with a 33 hour long reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

 

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Last few minutes with Marshall Weber

Weber creates these endurance pieces to challenge both his physical and mental limitations as well as the mounting constraints on the use of public space. The hallucinatory trance state attained while under the effect of sleep deprivation and fatigue blurs the lines between sleep and wakefulness, consciousness and unconsciousness, literature and reality, private and public, language and thought, and rational and mystical experience.

Learn more about Munch Gallery at Quiet Lunch

Munch Gallery
245 Broome Street (at Ludlow St.)
New York, NY 10002

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