The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
+ A CONVERSATION WITH GENESIS P-ORRIDGE
Director Marie Losier
Country USA / France
Duration 72 min
THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE plus EXCLUSIVE IN CONVERSATION WITH GENESIS P-ORRIDGE AND STUART GRANT (PRIMITIVE CALCULATORS)
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has been one of the most innovative and influential figures in music and fine art for the last 30 years. Celebrated by critics and art historians as the progenitor of industrial music, he founded the legendary groups COUM Transmissions (1969-1976), Throbbing Gristle (1975-1981) and Psychic TV (1981 to present), all of which merged avant garde performance art, provocative imagery with dark and often explorations of punk music.
In 2000 Genesis re-defined his art as a challenge to the limits of biology, beginning a series of surgeries in order to more closely resemble Lady Jaye, his lover and artistic partner for nearly 15 years. It was the ultimate act of devotion. ‘He’ became a ‘she’ in a triumphant act of artistic expression. It is a project they called ‘Creating the Pandrogyne’; an attempt to deconstruct two individual identities through the creation of an indivisible third. The ultimate union.
Filming with an experimental flair that plays to the performative nature of her subject, director Marie Losier has created an intimate, affecting portrait of a ground-breaking artist. The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye documents a truly new brand of romantic consciousness, one that conveys beauty, dignity and devotion from an entirely new perspective.
Stuart Grant (Primitive Calculators) will hold an extended Q&A with Genesis P-Orridge following the screening. This will be her only appearance in Melbourne after performing with Psychic TV for The Adelaide Festival on Sat 3rd March.
–William S. Burroughs
“[Genesis] is the only person I’ve ever met who I had hero-worshipped, who turned out exactly as I’d expected him to be, and everything I’d hoped him to be. Which was incredible. Inhumanly intelligent. I was interested in him primarily as a character, the way he lived, and 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 life as a work and try to make each aspect of it as interesting as you can.”
“I saw in Genesis the simple and profound notion that the manner in which you live your life is the highest and most unimpeachable form of art that exists.”