Cosey Fanni Tutti and Genesis P-Orridge will stage live performances for Hull City of Culture 2017. The shows will be part of an extended programme of events to mark the radical art collective, COUM Transmissions. The retrospective will run from February 3 – March 22, tracing a line from the group’s conception in 1969 to their termination in October 1976, exploring a legacy that endures today.
The events will run alongside a six-week long exhibition at Humber Street Gallery, curated by Fanni Tutti and Cabinet, London, which will present material drawn from the archives of Fanni Tutti and P-Orridge (held by Tate Britain) alongside new filmed interviews with some original COUM members.
The live programme will feature performances and appearances from original COUM members, as well as subsequent generations of artists they have both directly and inadvertently inspired. It will seek to reclaim Hull as an important site of cultural innovators working underground. Both Fanni Tutti and P-Orridge were born in Hull.
Fanni Tutti’s career began in 1969. She is known for her art, her work in the sex industry, and as co-founder of Industrial music and the pioneering band Throbbing Gristle (1976 – 2010). Her autobiography Art Sex Music will be published in 2017.
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, is the legendary English singer-songwriter, musician, poet, performance, and visual artist. She rose to notability as founder of the COUM Transmissions art collective, and fronted Throbbing Gristle between 1975 and 1981. P-Orridge currently performs with her spoken word project, Thee Majesty, and the most current incarnation of Psychic TV labelled PTV3.
Tickets are on sale now from www.hull2017.co.uk