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PERFORMA 2009: A Fantastic World Superimposed on Reality: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

As part of the Mike Kelley-curated, Marc Beasley-produced two-day noise music festival, A Fantastic World Superimposed on Reality: A Select History of Experimental Music, artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge places the process of working with Thee Majesty alongside those with Throbbing Gristle and Pigface, among others, and recounts the audience's impact on how far s/he is willing to push live performances. 

The candid and capacious conversation also touches on the early, Fluxus-influenced work with COUM Transmissions and how this led to their first experimentations with noise as well as the ways in which the transgressions expressed by her music are extensions of those explored in other media: of sexuality, habit, "high" and "low" culture, the personal and the public. S/he also provides a beautifully articulated response to what seems one of the simplest questions one can ask: What is the difference between art and life? Plus an excerpt from the Thee Majesty performance.





Established in 2004 by curator and art historian RoseLee Goldberg, PERFORMA is a non-profit interdisciplinary arts organization committed to the research, development, and presentation of performance by visual artists from around the world. Throughout the year, PERFORMA presents lectures, panel discussions, and workshops on an ongoing basis that explore the relationship between performance and the visual arts. was the official radio partner of Performa09, Performa07 and Performa05. The third edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial was held in New York City in November 2009, showcased new work by more than 150 artists, and was presented in collaboration with a consortium of more than 80 arts institutions and 40 curators, as well as a network of public spaces and private venues across the city. is also home to recordings of Not for Sale, a dynamic series of symposia on visual arts performance presented by PERFORMA. These sessions are organized by RoseLee Goldberg, Founding Director, and Defne Ayas, Curator, PERFORMA.