BA Thesis Project: The Yage Letters, William S. Burroughs - Allen Ginsberg
The project starts from the idea of creating a “visual book” out of a novel taken from the repertoire of the Beat Generation literature. The chosen publication has been The letters of yage, collection of fictive letters of correspondence between William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg about a presumed travel through Amazon’s forests looking for a plant of unknown hallucinogen properties. The original book lacks of the visual repertoire that Burroughs and Ginsberg desperately try to recreate along the course of the letters through powerful descriptions of hallucinations, ecstatic visions, tremors and unknown universes and places.
This was the starting point of my research, trying to express what seems inexplicable with written words in any dimension. My aim has been found to be in playing with the impact of images on visual perception, referring to simple but explosive suggestions that could reach the eye in unexpected ways.
I realized a series of illustrations and texture with the help of the programming language of Processing 2.1.1; beginning from codecs for visual interactions I realized several suggestion images that fixed exactly with my idea of the final result of the book.
Its classic structure suggested by the hardcover hides ten double pages which interrupt the regular flux of the letters and are enclosed in particular double pages closed on the top, outside of which appendices and insights about the Yage researches are highlighted. Those images purpose is to recreate the hallucinogen atmosphere and to give a fake perspective suggestion at the same time.