Throbbing Gristle - coumdensation mucus
  Year :   1975
  Location :   England
  Worktype :   Action
  Materials:   -
  Info :   9th Biennale, Musée dArt Moderne, Paris

  Work Details  
  Genesis P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti (As Coum Transmissions). No one really knows what is best, or right anymore. So we have to decide for ourselves. We have to discover what we really believe in. Thus COUM performances in all media are also discussions in visual and sound terms about just what IS valid, and what thee rules are. Everyone can perform, though not everyone wants to of course. Its all a matter of time, patience and flexibility. COUM hope to give people an idea of what they themselves can manage, and that is valuable. They want to put things in perspective, to proclaim the joy of discovery in art, music and performance, to end self-limiting ideas of competence a situation of general development. COUM hope to show people what they can manage. So COUM is a family of people, not only who have PhDs, University and Art College degrees, but also people who left school at 15 to work in factories. Collectively increasing their awareness and adaptability as a performance group on all levels. COUM do not make explanatiion explicit in their performances, music and exhibitions. They do not impose their ideas. They feel an audience, whatever its nature has a responsibility to work on what it sees and hears. However, afterwards they are happy to discuss the subtleties, private obsessions, clues, satires and suggestions incorporated with disguised opinion that is obviously open to debate. One problem always present is, how direct can you be without destroying the parallel to human subconscious behaviour and dream worlds with which COUM wish to deal? Accessed 7.12.06 from