The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye is a film about Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, well-known for his work with Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, and his life and work partner Lady Jaye (née Jacqueline Breyer). One would expect the film to be about the history of industrial music, about Genesis as a link between the pre- and post-punk era, about the underground scene since the 1970s. And it is, but it tells the story from the perspective of a great romantic love that began in the 1990s. Genesis and Lady Jaye start to undergo surgical procedures to merge into a third being, a pandrogynous being.
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye is also a film by Marie Losier, a filmmaker whose trademark is to playfully build up a very personal relationship with her underground role models. Kitchen and garden shots alternate with home-movie performances, magic tricks and archival footage. The film maintains its dynamic rhythm – with the help of Genesis’s cut-up narratives – even when Lady Jaye’s unexpected death turns it into a film about mourning. From that point it revolves around the question of how to die when two have merged into one – and how to go on living. –Berlinale
Marie Losier, born in France in 1972, is a filmmaker and curator working in New York City. She has shown her films and videos at museums, galleries, biennials and festivals, was included for the 2006 Whitney Biennial (Whitney Museum, NY) with her film on Richard Foreman, The Ontological Cowboy and at MOMA (Museum of Modern Art, NY) with Electrocute Your Stars, film on George Kuchar. She curated a show for The Rotterdam Film Festival, “Sweet Sixteeen”and presented her work as well. She was also invited to The Berlin Film Festival to present Manuelle Labor.
She just completed a short documentary on musician and filmmaker Tony Conrad-Tony Conrad DreaMinimalist- that was presented this new year at The Rotterdam Film Festival 2008, The Berlin Film Festival, and will be presented later at The Harvard Film Archives, Cornell Cinema, at The Medici in Rome and The Tate Modern in London as part of a retrospective on Tony Conrad.
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Marie Losier's documentary tells the story of a couple. They happen to comprise Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, industrial music pioneer of the bands