Genesis P-Orridge

Conversations with Artists

January 21, 2016, 6:30 pm

95th Anniversary Signature Event

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is an English singer-songwriter, musician, poet, performance artist, founder of the COUM Transmissions artistic collective, and a member of the pioneering industrial band Throbbing Gristle and the experimental group Psychic TV. In 2000, P-Orridge embarked on the project Pandrogeny with long-time collaborator and partner Lady Jaye Breyer (1969–2007). In “a test of how fully two people could integrate their own lives, bodies, and consciousness,” the two underwent surgeries to closely resemble each other and attain a “perfecting hermaphroditic state.” Since Lady Breyer’s death, P-Orridge continues to represent the amalgam BREYER P-ORRIDGE in the material world, while Lady Jaye represents it in the immaterial world, creating an ongoing interdimensional collaboration. In conversation with Siobhan Rigg, Associate Professor of New Media and Fine Arts and Art History Chair, The George Washington University.