Psychic TV / PTV3 is proud to announce our upcoming tour dates in support of our new 12” “Silver Sundown Machine vs. Alien Lightning Meat Machine” to be released by Vanity Case Records on November 1st, 2012!
November 9 - Chop Suey - Seattle, WA
November 10 - Rotture - Portland, OR
December 7 - Europa - Brooklyn, NY
December 14 & 15 - The Uptown - Oakland, CA
Looking forward to seeing you all!
Join us on September 9 at 2:00 p.m. at MoMA PS1 for the conclusion of the Summer School Master Class taught by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. Genesis will be joined by workshop participants in creating a slow, evolving, ritualized ceremony influenced by Pandrogeny and the Cut-Ups.
Edda Newsletter no. 5, July 2nd, 2012
Welcome to the Edda Newsletter!
We hope you’re enjoying a splendid summer and also that you’re as excited as we are about the new issue of The Fenris Wolf! We expect it from the printers next week and it will start “shipping” on July 16th. If you can order now? Yes, of course you can!
This volume, the fifth, contains material by Jason Louv, Patrick Lundborg, Gary Lachman, Timothy O’Neill, Dianus del Bosco Sacro, David Griffin, Philip Farber, Aki Cederberg, Renata Wieczorek, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Ezra Pound, Gary Dickinson, Robert Podgurski, Stephen Ellis, Mel Lyman, Hiram Corso, Frater Nagasiva, Peter Grey, Vera Mladenovska Nikolich, Kevin Slaughter, Lionel Snell, Phanes Apollonius, Lana Krieg and Carl Abrahamsson, on topics as diverse as the psychedelic William Shakespeare, secret societies, Rosicrucians, Illuminati, neurological interpretations of magic, the esoteric gardens of Quinta da Regaleira in Portugal, Italian witchcraft, Pierre Molinier, Derek Jarman, the I Ching, Geomancy, the logic of evil and vice versa, Remy de Gourmont, Aleister Crowley, Liber AL vel Legis, Macedonian vampires, Satanism, Goethe’s Faust, and the creation of a “mega Golem” within the context of developing a contemporary yet timeless terminology of magic.
350 pages. 148 x 210 mm, sewn paperback. Cover art by Fredrik Söderberg. Limited edition of 666 hand numbered copies. The book costs 350:- SEK per copy. Including postage, this means: Sweden: 420:- SEK, Europe: 520:- SEK, Rest of the world: 550:- SEK. Please note: We don’t sell copies to US customers. We will ship copies of The Fenris Wolf 5 to our American distributor, JD HOLMES, during the summer. JD is already taking pre-orders for this title.
There will be an extra special limited collectors’ edition of The Fenris Wolf 5. Only SEVEN (7) copies will be made available in special shape: the “Planetary Edition” presents the book hardbound in black leather and issued in a slipcase with solar and lunar sigils. Please note: With each copy comes a watercolour painting by Fredrik Söderberg, i.e. one unique painting for each of the seven classic planets. Included is also a reading copy from the “normal” edition of The Fenris Wolf 5. The cost per copy is 7000:- SEK plus postage. This edition is sold exclusively on a “first come, first served” basis, beginning NOW. Please note that this collectors’ edition can be sold to US customers too. One copy per customer. If interested, send an e-mail asap.
If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of our wonderful edition of Edward Bulwer Lytton’s VRIL: The Power of the Coming Race, illustrated by Christine Ödlund, we’re offering a special package deal, valid up until July 31st: Buy one copy of The Fenris Wolf 5 and one copy of VRIL and get a heavy discount. Including postage: Sweden 600:- SEK, Europe: 700:- SEK, Rest of the world: 800:- SEK. Unfortunately, this offer is not available to American customers.
Order the regular edition and the special offer by paying to PayPal. Our address there is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please mark July the 19th in your calendars, especially if you’re in London, England. We will celebrate the release of both VRIL and The Fenris Wolf 5 at the legendary Atlantis Bookshop, so please come join us!
On July the 21st, the festivities continue in Brighton, at the Scarlet Imprint Pleasure Dome festival/symposium. Carl will give a talk about visionary art and the occult, and most likely there will be some books there too – if we haven’t run out in London, that is. PLEASURE DOME information.
Thank you very much for being interested in what we do and what we publish.
Fredrik Söderberg & Carl Abrahamsson
Come dance up some weirdness! Genesis & Edley spin at St. Vitus, Brooklyn - Saturday June 30. We will spin AFTER the bands perform
At long last OTTT24 is available. Check it out here:
Come check out Psychic TV at Scion Rock Fest, June 2nd 2012 in Tampa, Florida!!
‘Ballad of Genesis’: Two artists sculpting their bodies into one
The first time Genesis P-Orridge met his future wife, Lady Jaye Breyer, she put him in her clothes, makeup and a wig to make him look like herself. It was 1993, and the first step toward a personal project of physical transformation they would eventually call “pandrogyne.”
“She told me she saw me as a mirror image of her, and that we were meant to be two halves of one,” remembered P-Orridge, an artist and musician best known for his work in the industrial bands Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV.
That idea became truer than anyone could have imagined, as documented in “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye,” opening Friday at the Nuart for a one-week engagement. A decade into their marriage, the couple began a process of becoming one another through dress and cosmetic surgery, starting with matching breast implants on Valentine’s Day 2003.
The plan wasn’t for either of them to undergo a sex change in the usual sense. Nothing would be removed from their bodies, Breyer insisted then, only added.
“The body is not sacred. It is, as Lady Jaye used to say, ‘a cheap suitcase.’ And it carries around the real you, which is your consciousness, your mind, your thoughts, your aspirations and dreams,’” said P-Orridge, 62, speaking by phone from New York. “Surely, the container should be as wonderful and amazing and imaginative as you can make it.”
Their shared mission to become like two parts of a single “pandrogynous” being was an art project and an unprecedented love letter, but ended before it was completed when Lady Jaye (born Jacqueline Breyer) died of stomach cancer in 2007.
By then, experimental filmmaker Marie Losier had gathered eight years of footage on their lives together, after meeting the couple in New York and immediately joining them on a Psychic TV tour of Europe. She had footage of them onstage, at home, on the subway, strolling through Brooklyn. The final documentary collects those moments into a nontraditional, impressionistic whole.
The French-born director recognized a startling and touching story emerging very early. “There was an incredible bond between Gen and Jaye — a very unusual way of never letting go of each other’s hands, in the same hair and clothing, finishing each other’s sentences,” said Losier. “This was something that touched me even more.”
They identified as artists first, but by day Breyer was a registered nurse who worked with seriously ill newborns, and on some nights she also worked as a dominatrix for a select clientele. It was work that P-Orridge describes as “sensing and caring for people’s psychology and emotions.” She was a runaway at 14 when she landed in Manhattan in the 1980s and gravitated toward punk rock and the underground performance art scenes.
By then, the British-born P-Orridge was already a controversial musician and artist, whose Throbbing Gristle was once attacked as “a destroyer of civilization” by a member of Parliament. He was also a pioneer in modern body modification. When he had his genitals pierced in the early ’80s, it was front page news in the stunned British music press.
They were married 14 years, and P-Orridge refers to his wife’s passing as “when Lady Jaye dropped her body.” Her diagnosis and death came suddenly, and Losier had yet to record a formal interview with Breyer. But P-Orridge still draws on a library of sounds and effects she left behind, continuing their collaboration in Psychic TV and elsewhere.
When a briefly reunited Throbbing Gristle appeared at the Coachella festival in 2009, P-Orridge sang the group’s emotional “Almost a Kiss,” adjusting the lyrics in tribute to his late wife and kissing the tattoo of her face on his forearm. He says that some of their elaborate plans did come true.
“She used to say, ‘All I want to be remembered for is being part of a great love affair,’” said P-Orridge. “It made me really happy to see the film and realize Lady Jaye’s one true wish in life had been made possible.”