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Genesis Breyer P. Orridge talks about Love

Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

A career in the creative arts sounds like paradise to most people. Very few of us alive today would say no to the life of a career rock star or bulletproof film actor. Lives which come free from accountability to any hierarchy or authority. At the very same time, just as few people would begrudge the gift of virtuosity in any art. Prodigious skill in and passion for a form of personal expression has the power to distill just about all exterior needs both social and physical. These are life-styles we dream of living because of the amount of freedom they entail. The person who is fluent in his craft and idolized for it seems to have the best of the world, unhampered by responsibility to anybody but himself.

Unfortunately, the likelihood of achieving either of these lifestyles is little to none and crossover between the two is so low as to be negligible. As such, modern society acculturates the individual to disregard the dream of true freedom by projecting images of truly free lifestyles only in the unattainable glory of the rich and the famous. Freedom becomes redefined on a baser level. The level at which freedom comes to be conceptualized with age is far far lower than the one presented at birth. It only takes a little bit of living to come to think that freedom is something that has to be earned rather than something everybody actually has all the time.

Personally, I know I am embittered in this paradigm. I would love to go about free-wheeling all over the place just as much as the best and worst of us, but a part of me feels certain that this is an unsustainable fantasy– that I must work for someone, and, so doing, earn the right to strategically fulfill my desires. If I were stopped on the street and asked what I could hope for that would improve my life in a realistic way, I (in my impending post-graduate ongoing fugue) would expound on the dream of getting a job doing something I love and that represents my soul like making movies or talking about them. Earning money making freelance videos or editorials appears the ideal lifestyle for me because I can keep afloat, have fun, and express myself in the way I am naturally inclined to.

This is an enormous problem for me and the rest of the world.

We all looks for ways to stay alive as long as possible while being the people we wish to be, performing the actions we wish to incite, producing the entities we wish to exist. And we fight for it in each our own way. The problem is that the fulfilling these drives, the catharsis of self-discovery and the true actualization of personal affixations gets confused with what we can produce and contribute to everyone else. For a lot of people, it is unsatisfying to act and behave naturally without the approval of others. For them it is almost impossible to achieve self-discovery and definitely impossible to achieve transcendence (either over the self or the system).

Consider then Genesis Breyer P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, PTV3, and the new documentary “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” (screening in New York now at Chelsea Clearview Cinemas). Genesis’s life is not contingent on opportunity or production, although (s)he is extremely prolific in a multitude of media. Rather, the life of Genesis is contingent on living and the confrontations life itself proposes such as identity, inspiration, experimentation, and (most powerfully) love.

Director Marie Losier with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

By most standards, breaking boundaries and experimenting entails a person inducing a new creation, product, or idea which may or may not illuminate new ontological possibilities. Genesis in this respect accomplished much in the realms of music, video, and performance, but (s)he also conducted a major experiment exploring what it is just to be a human being and what it is to love another. This is manifested in the mutual devotion of  Genesis and Lady Jaye who each felt so strongly for one another that they both underwent surgery to be more alike.

These two people weren’t trying to create something new for the rest of the world to try and appreciate. That would be a participation in a feedback system which places an intrinsic barrier on a person’s freedom. Rather, these two people were trying to be something new in order to fulfill their love for one another. They weren’t performing an experiment on the capacity of the human being to produce, they were performing an experiment on the capacity of the human being to fully exist.

Lady Jaye Breyer died in 2007, but Genesis Breyer P-Orridge continues living with the part of Lady Jaye (s)he had absorbed before Lady Jaye passed away. Both as individuals accomplished a great deal of art in their life time, but their greatest achievement is their love which no one else in this world will share, but which nonetheless makes the world a much better place. This is what needs to be talked about.

The film's director, Marie Losier, with an "amazon woman" accepting the Teddy Award for best documentary film

A new movie was recently released about the love of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Lady Jaye. It is called The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye and it is currently playing at Chelsea Clearview Cinemas in

New York City as well as many other places around the world. The film features interviews and archival footage of PTV3, Genesis, Lady Jaye, and their experiences touring and performing along the globe. The style and composition of the film itself is in line with the aesthetic and ideology embodied by this love story making its occasional moments of incoherency worthy of appreciation.Here is the interview I conducted with the director of the film, Marie Losier (a remarkable and ingenuitive film artist herself), as well as Genesis Breyer P-Orridge in person. Listen and hear us discuss how it was making this film in such dramatic and personal times along with an emotional first-hand account by Genesis of the stories (s)he experienced in the span of time the film covers. God it’s beautiful.

This is the interview-

[audio https://files.nyu.edu/ltg219/public/Genesis%20and%20Marie%20edited.mp3]

If you don’t feel like listening to the interview, listen to this song by Psychic TV. You’ll like it-

This is the trailer-

Lucas Green

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