Performance artist and musician Cosey Fanni Tutti will be taking part in a live Q&A with writer David Keenan, discussing her new autobiography Art Sex Music and her long career in several mediums. A key participant in one of the most turbulent and exciting eras of underground culture, this afternoon event promises to be a rare insight into this most intriguing of artists.
Art Sex Music is the autobiography of a musician who, as a founding member of the avant-garde group Throbbing Gristle and electronic pioneers Chris &Cosey, has consistently challenged the boundaries of music over the past four decades. It is the account of an artist who, as part of COUM Transmissions, represented Britain at the IXth Biennale de Paris, whose Prostitution show at the ICA in 1976 caused the Conservative MP Nicholas Fairbairn to declare her, COUM and Throbbing Gristle ‘Wreckers of Civilisation’ ... shortly before he was arrested for indecent exposure, and whose work continues to be held at the vanguard of contemporary art, some of which resides as part of the Tate permanent collection. And it is the story of her work as a pornographic model and striptease artiste which challenged assumptions about morality, pornography and art. Art Sex Music is the wise, shocking and elegant autobiography of Cosey Fanni Tutti.
Also in attendance will be Chris Carter, co-founder (with Tutti, Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson and Genesis P-Orridge) of Throbbing Gristle and half of Chris & Cosey. Carter will be playing a selection of records after the Q&A.
David Keenan is a music critic, novelist and musician based in Glasgow. Keenan’s book England’s Hidden Reverse was one of the first and to date most comprehensive accounts of “industrial and post-industrial” music and his debut novel “This Is Memorial Device” was recently published by Faber & Faber to universal acclaim.