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Breyer P-Orridge, Change Thee Way to Perceive and Change All Memory

Participant Inc.
253 East Houston Street, 212-254-4334
East Village / Lower East Side
October 16 - November 13, 2005
Reception: Sunday, October 16, 7 - 9 PM
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Realizing their mutual potential, the two activists and performance artists Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge began their collaboration in the early 1990s, focusing on a central concern: the fictional Self. Considering “the ‘I’ of our consciousness as a fictional assembly or collage that resides in the environment of the body,” these two Brooklyn-based artists push the limits of body-based genders – ultimately to transcend them. “One of the central themes of our work is the malleability of physical and behavioral identity,” they explain, giving rise to their merged identity, Breyer P-Orridge.

Deeply influenced by the “cut-up” techniques invented by Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs, Breyer P-Orridge transfers its use to identity, behavior, and gender. This application of the “cut-up” ultimately leads to the substantially irreversible process of cutting-up identity to produce a third whole – one that can potentially redesign humanity’s self-destructively binary, divided world: the Pandrogyne. In this attempt of unifying themselves in an “other” entity, the two artists have agreed to use various modern medical techniques to resemble one another as much as possible. As they say, “Pandrogeny is not about defining differences, but about creating similarities; not about separation but about unification and resolution.”
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