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Marie Losier, Outtakes


Luxe Gallery
53 Stanton Street, 212-582-4425
East Village / Lower East Side
September 7 - October 8, 2008
Reception: Sunday, September 7, 7 - 9 PM
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Marie Losier Film screening, and conversation between Losier & Tony Conrad.

Organized by FIAF, The French Institute Alliance Francaise, as part of Crossing the Line, FIAF’s annual Fall Festival, from Sept 15th through Oct 5th , 2008.

A celluloid portrait-in-progress is transformed into a riotous playground for the Cinema’s past in Outtakes, Losier’s endlessly creative, hands-on installation devoted to industrial rock pioneer Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, Thee Majesty) and his partner Lady Jaye. Constructed almost entirely of unused clips and sound bites from Losier’s upcoming feature film, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, Outtakes puts the forlorn footage to work in the service of a whimsical retelling of film history — one in which the transformative Genesis P-Orridge is its unlikely star.

Peephole boxes, antique lenses, a campy music video machine from the early 1960s (Scopitone) each historical device brings film off the big screen and down to eye level, providing the audience with an incredibly intimate encounter with their cinematic and musical past. Outtakes defamiliarizes and recontextualizes its way to an astounding personal tribute — and all while returning the obsolete and abandoned to center stage.

OUTTAKES constitutes the filmmaker’s first solo exhibit that she devised specifically for the gallery context. In addition, Losier has invited a few long standing accomplices to collaborate on the realization of some of the works, and wishes to acknowledge and thank: artist and curator Jean Barberis , for constructing the peeping boxes and Scopitone jukebox-like filmic machine with Genesis P-Orridge re-enacting Papal Break dance; Sebastien Santamaria , for his collaboration in the making of the films and ongoing work on the feature film; and artist Bernard Yenelouis, who has worked on many of Marie Losier’s film shoots, for the series of photographs depicting the rock icon as the new film star from the silent movie era.

Marie Losier is a French-born filmmaker and film curator who lives and works in New York City, whose films and videos have been featured at numerous museums (Tate Modern, MOMA, Whitney Biennial…), galleries, festivals (Basel Art Fair 08), and biennials. Losier’s upcoming and first feature film “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” is dedicated to Genesis P-Orridge, Lady Jaye and her band Psychic TV3 and constitutes her latest Film Portrait of leading avant garde creators including George and Mike Kuchar, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman and Tony Conrad.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is the pioneer co-founder of the famous band THROBBING GRISTLE, 1975; co-founder of hyperdelic acid house innovators PSYCHIC TV, 1981; S/He also founded spoken word/ambient music performance group THEE MAJESTY 1999. Invented the term/genre INDUSTRIAL MUSIC September 3rd 1975, releasing more than 200 CDs of experiments in music to date. In 2003 Genesis changed name to Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and began a performance/action series called Breaking Sex with partner Lady J. Breyer P-Orridge. This project is about re-union and re-solution of male and female to a perfecting hermaphroditic state. This includes having cosmetic surgeries that blur the lines between their sexes and bring them nearer to being one physically.
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