Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, avant-garde artist and musician who co-founded Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, has died.
Once declared “wreckers of civilization,” by a sitting member of Parliament, their British arts collective COUM Transmissions and their musical output became the bases for industrial and acid house music. Their work had profound impact on underground music and art, which trickled up to more mainstream bands like Depeche Mode and New Order.
Genesis moved to the United States after marrying dominatrix Jacqueline “Lady Jaye” Breyer, and they began the Pandrogeny Project, working toward joining themselves into one being. I highly recommend watching The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye for a great overview of their life, art, and love.
Genesis was an important figure in the body modification scene even before making a gender transition. Their work was designed to provoke, challenge, and evoke strong responses, but from repulsion and pain came one of the most touching love stories of our time.
Life is short, but love and art remain.
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