R. Luke DuBois
Junkie, No. 22, 2014
Typeset on acid-free letter size paper
8.5 x 11 in / 28 x 21.6 cm
DuBois continues his exploration of Burroughs and generative poetry with a new series of twenty-five typewritten compositions, which are making their debut in his 2014 New York solo exhibition. Executed on a vintage Hermes Rocket typewriter, the same portable model used by Burroughs, these surrealist texts offer Markov-chain renditions of Junkie that are derived from the Prosody: WSB software. Presenting a stream of consciousness that is algorithmically muddled, DuBois’ excerpts return the words of Junkie to their type-written origin, on letter-size paper. Based on an algorithm that implicates the Burroughs/Gysin cut-up technique, the result is a statistically filtered sequence of random text variables. Skillfully playing on Burroughs’ approach to the arts and language, the series creates an unexpected collision between private communications, drug use, and spam.