Organized with Bill Kouligas, featuring Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Terre Thaemlitz, Honey Dijon, Juliana Huxtable, Elysia Crampton, Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, Code Liberation and Dreamcrusher, Between 0 and 1: Remixing Gender, Technology, and Music is a series of performances, talks, screenings, and workshops that highlight and investigate the relationship between gender nonconforming identities, technology, and electronic music. For three consecutive weekends, the series focuses on gender positions that reject and challenge a binary world view and looks at the historical role that electronic music plays in creating alternative spaces allowing for multitudes of identities, desires, and affects.
Between 0 and 1 begins with a day focused on communities, both digital communities that have formed in recent years and those within New York City’s nightlife scene.
Code Liberation opens the afternoon with a participatory hackathon and workshop focused on collaborative electronic music programming. Based in New York City, Code Liberation is a collective focused on the creation of of digital games and creative technologies by women, non-binary, and female-identifying people. We recommend bringing a laptop to actively participate in the coding component of the workshop.
Following the hackathon, Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz present a screening of their film To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation (2013). Indebted to Pauline Oliveros’s eponymous 1970 score, the film questions the political and social possibilities and limits of musical and filmic forms, asking if sounds, rhythms, and light can create community or even become revolutionary. The screening is followed by a conversation with the filmmakers and the scholar Tavia Nyong’o.
The opening day culminates with artist and DJ Honey Dijon, who leads a discussion focused on those who have, like her, found safety and creative expression within the New York club scene. As a trans-female African American woman, Dijon sought out clubs in the 1990s as both a sanctuary and an arena for music and performance, independent of mainstream culture. Following her presentation, the artist is joined in conversation by New York City-based producer and manager Bill Coleman and DJ Venus X.
12pm – Code Liberation Music Hackathon
2:30pm – Screening of Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz’s To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation (2013), followed by a conversation with Tavia Nyong’o
3:30pm – Honey Dijon
4:30pm – Honey Dijon in conversation with Bill Coleman and Venus X
The second Sunday of Between 0 and 1 is built around a live performance of Cantos I-IV, an extract from Terre Thaemlitz’s larger multi-media sound work Soulnessless, which, at over 32 hours in its entirety, is the longest mass produced album in history. Introduced by Thaemlitz, who also performs as DJ Sprinkles and K-S.H.E, the performance highlights Thaemlitz’s self-critical and fluid identity politic, exploring gender, sexuality, class, linguistics, ethnicity, race, and mobility. Soulnessless considers the conservative, perhaps problematic, function of the soul, meditation, spirituality, and religiosity in the music industry.
Following the performance, Thaemlitz is joined in conversation by Honey Dijon. Moderated by artist Juliana Huxtable, Thaemlitz and Dijon discuss their work, non-essentialist approaches to life and art-making, and how electronic music has helped shaped their ideas of self and community.
3pm – Soulnessless: Cantos I-IV, introduced by Terre Thaemlitz
5pm – Terre Thaemlitz and Honey Dijon in conversation, moderated by Juliana Huxtable
Between 0 and 1 culminates with an exploration of how the ongoing relationship between electronic music and the dissolution of established gender constructs has bridged generations and continues to be a focus for emerging artists today.
Artist, musician, and writer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge closes the series with a lecture charting how their destruction of gender binaries evolved in tandem with their rise in experimental music. From COUM Transmissions with Cosey Fanni Tutti in the early 70s, to the formation of pioneering industrial music band Throbbing Gristle and later Psychic TV, Breyer P-Orridge has continued to push the boundaries of electronic music and performance while simultaneously deconstructing preconceived notions of gender identity. This pursuit culminated with the ongoing Pandrogeny Project, initiated in the mid 90s in collaboration with their late wife, Lady Jaye.
Before the lecture, there will be live performances by Elysia Crampton, whose work explores the historic roots of queer identity in conjunction with South American spirituality, and New York City-based noise artist Dreamcrusher, who considers Breyer P-Orridge a formative inspiration.
3pm – Dreamcrusher, Live
4pm – Elysia Crampton, Live
5pm – Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Lecture-Performance