I’m a little late with this news, but it must be stated that via social media Genesis P-Orridge is not very active, probably because of h/er fight against the illness that has affected h/er. Regrettably, s/he was diagnosed with leukemia a few months ago, I really hope s/he keeps on fighting..
Last week, on the 19th April, the Swedish Label Ideal recordings released Loyalty Does Not End With Death, the new album by Genesis P-Orridge and Carl Abrahamsson, and that is the way with which I came across this video that was made by Carl Abrahamsson with material from the archives which was shot 30 years ago in New York and was taken by Vanessa Sinclair.
I couldn’t resist sharing this video with you, this voice which seems to have found a deep serenity, and those words which sound like a gaze on the unsolved mystery of consciousness..
To resume the life and work of British artist Genesis P-Orridge, it is quite difficult. English singer-songwriter, musician, poet, performance artist, and occultist born Neil Andrew Megson, P-Orridge developed an early interest in art, occultism, and the avant-garde while at Solihull School. After dropping out of studies at the University of Hull, -they- moved into a counter-cultural commune in London and adopted Genesis P-Orridge as Pseudonym. After rising to prominence as the founder of the COUM Transmissions artistic collective and then fronting the industrial band Throbbing Gristle, P-Orridge was a founding member of Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth occult group, and fronted the experimental band Psychic TV. From the mid-1960s to the present day, h/er artistic activities have been filled with hundreds of records, thousands of concerts, exhibitions, interviews, videos, spoken word performances, collages, sculptures, philosophy, cultural engineering, occultism and radical transgender concepts.
Genesis P-Orridge is a romantic existential and cultural engineer, who will have sown the harvest of a cultural and behavioral change. A living legend and icon which has influenced and will continue to inspire many artists.
The present release came out in parallel with an exhibition under the same name which was held in New York. I invite you to follow this link to learn more about it. “An exhibition that has featured Genesis’ artworks and traces the development of the pandrogyne project as well as their interests in identity and transcendence. It explores their interest in the sacred and the profane and is a provocation against wholesale acceptance on normative relations, be they social, political, sexual or otherwise.” – Art News Portal Source
Loyalty Does Not End With Death is available on Boomkat, Here
There are two extra tracks from the album sessions, and these have been turned into a 12″, also by Ideal Recordings. And this beautiful vinyl record is now available on pre-order (the actual release coincides with the album release). It’s going to sell out quickly, so please act fast. Only available via Bandcamp, Here