Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
Rectum as Inner Space, 1976
2- black and white photographs of the performance “Rectum as Inner Space,” Architectural Association, London. Back of 1 photograph SIGNED “Coum” and “Architectural Association.”
4 3/4h x 6 1/2w in / 12.07h x 16.51w cm
Photo with the nude buttocks in the foreground is the image for Throbbing Gristle Promo Card A, 1980.
In the early 1970s, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (1950 – 2020) rose to notoriety when he, along with Cosey Fanni Tutti, founded the artist collective COUM Transmissions. In a concerted attempt to challenge societal norms and attract the attention of the national press. COUM's confrontational performance work centered around such subjects as sex work, pornography, serial killers, and occultism. Their 1976 Prostitution show at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts was particularly reviled by tabloids, gaining them the moniker "wreckers of civilization."
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge was a singer-songwriter, musician, poet, performance artist, visual artist, and occultist who rose to notoriety as the founder of the artist collective COUM Transmissions. He was also the lead vocalist of the seminal industrial band Throbbing Gristle, a founding member of Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth occult group, and fronted the experimental pop rock band Psychic TV. P-Orridge was credited on over 200 releases during their lifetime. They are cited as an icon within the avant-garde art scene, accruing a cult following, and the title “Godparent of Industrial Music.”