Cosey Fanni Tutti, Action, Hayward Gallery, London 1979. Photo: Peter Martin Christopherson
Artist and musician Cosey Fanni Tutti presents an exploration into her own creative life and the lives and recordings of musician and composer Delia Derbyshire and fifteenth-century mystic visionary Margery Kempe.
In 2018, Cosey Fanni Tutti received a commission to write the soundtrack to a film about Delia Derbyshire, the influential electronic composer who carried out ground-breaking work with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop during the 1960s. While researching Derbyshire’s life, Tutti became immersed in her story and uncovered parallels with her own life. Simultaneously, Tutti began reading about Margery Kempe, the fifteenth-century mystic visionary who wrote the first English-language autobiography.
Drawing on her new publication Re-Sisters (Faber, 2022), Tutti explores the creative influences and approaches that unite these three practitioners, discussing womanhood, the creative process and self-expression.
This talk is followed by a DJ set by electronic musician and artist Nik Colk Void in the ICA Bar.
Musician and artist Cosey Fanni Tutti was a founding member of Throbbing Gristle, was one half of electronic pioneers Chris and Cosey, and has worked as an artist channelling her experience in pornographic modelling and striptease. She had a solo exhibition, Prostitution
at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, in 1976. Her first book, Art Sex Music
was shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Book Prize.
Nik Colk Void has produced eight acclaimed studio albums, including three with Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti as Carter Tutti Void and recently released her first solo debut Bucked Up Space (Editions Mego). Her new work combines Void’s love of improvisation with the driving force of beat-driven music, absorbing experiences performing in galleries and clubs across the UK and Europe.