THE LOST ART OF AH POOK IS HERE is an archive of the work produced by the writer WILLIAM BURROUGHS and artist MALCOLM MC NEILL over the course of almost a decade. It does not however include the text to AH POOK IS HERE their most significant collaboration. Having waited nearly forty years for such an opportunity to occur, the Burroughs Estate would not allow the words to be published with the images for which they had been specifically conceived. By doing so, it effectively censored Burroughs from his own work – a book concerned ironically with censorship.
This blurring of fact and fiction characterized the collaboration of AH POOK IS HERE, a process that confirmed many of Burroughs’ contentions regarding the inherent nature of words and images. In particular it demonstrated their ability to resonate across time. In the first sentence of the book Burroughs wrote:
“The Mayan codices are undoubtedly books of the dead; that is to say directions for time travel”
As the companion book OBSERVED WHILE FALLING shows, this was precisely demonstrated as fact. It is the record of a time machine that worked; a singular achievement nevertheless suppressed by the very agency entrusted to promote it.
Video By Malcolm Mc Neill
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