“He’s the only person I’ve ever met who I’d hero worshiped, that was exactly how I’d expected him to be. He was everything that I’d hoped him to be. Which was incredible. Inhumanly intelligent. I was interested in him primarily as a character, the way he lived, he was a ‘more than real’ real life character. A phenomena. I was already into the idea that the most important work is the way you live and you should live it as a work and try to make each aspect of it as interesting as you can.”
–William S. Burroughs on Genesis P-Orridge
I was recently wondering what happened to COUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle, and Psychic TV ‘s Genesis P-Orridge. The following is the trailer to filmmaker Marie Losier’s work entitled, THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE that has been, and currently continues to be screened in selected cities worldwide.
An interesting piece on change.
From the press kit:
Defying artistic boundaries, Genesis has redefined his art as a challenge to the limits of biology. In 2000, Genesis began a series of sex reassignment surgeries in order to more closely resemble his love, Lady Jaye (née Jacqueline Breyer), who remained his wife and artistic partner for nearly 15 years. It was the ultimate act of devotion, and Genesis’s most risky, ambitious, and subversive performance to date: he became a she in a triumphant act of artistic self-expression. Genesis called this project “Creating the Pandrogyne”, an attempt to deconstruct two
individual identities through the creation of an indivisible third.
“My project is not about gender. Some feel like a man trapped in a woman’s body, others like a woman trapped in a man’s body. The pandrogyne says, I just feel trapped in a body. The body is simply the suitcase that carries us around. Pandrogyny is all about the mind, consciousness.”
– Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
-SILVERDOCS-DC (USA) June 20-26, 2011
-FESTIVAL PARIS CINEMA-International Competition -July 2011
-OUTFEST-L.A -West Coast premiere (USA) July 7-17, 2011
-ERA NEW HORIZON International Film Festival in Wroclaw (POLAND) July 21-29, 2011