"Chaos is not the opposite of rhythm but the milieu of all milieus"
Deleuze & Guattari



Monday, 18 October 2010

GENESIS P-ORRIDGE


This ceaseless boundary-breaker, shocker-extraordinaire and subversive artistic presence, formerly of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, was the final 'speaker' on the Saturday of the Serpentine's Map Marathon.


Sporting the usual lumberjack shirt, jeans, tattoos and blond bob, Genesis delivered interwoven poetic theories on the teeny tiny topics of identity construction, the struggle to surpass normative pressures, genetics, the self and the other, the fundamental preeminence of love and the future of humanity (!).


In a low, hypnotic register somewhere between speaking and singing, s/he gently paced the stage beneath a screen of spinning double-helixes and self-portraits. It was a little bit new age and very post-structuralist but also moving, grounding and mesmerizing.