Cosey Fanni Tutti - Leeds International Festival

Festival 19


Wednesday 02 May

Cosey Fanni Tutti Chinwag at Outlaws

Chinwag is a fresh approach to the run-of-the-mill interview; it is an easy-going, unstructured chat between Chris Madden and distinguished cultural icons, about life – and whatever else comes up. As part of Leeds International Festival, Chinwag will be welcoming Cosey Fanni Tutti – Punk, pornographer, pioneer, provocateur.

Cosey Fanni Tutti’s career as a genre-defining, avant garde artist and musician began in 1969, when she co-founded Throbbing Gristle and was foundational in COUM, a seminal art collective and band. A whole genre was spawned by the name of their record label – Industrial. Her electronica as half of Cosey & Carter has also been pioneering, inspiring much of the electronica in their wake.


Credit: Cosey with the Throbbing Gristle flash. (Photo courtesy of Cosey Fanni Tutti)
Cosey with the Throbbing Gristle flash. (Photo courtesy of Cosey Fanni Tutti)

Embodying the unacceptable avant-garde

“I don’t like acceptance. It makes me think I’ve done something wrong” – Cosey Fanni Tutti

Her life has been a conjuncture of the three focus points of her acclaimed memoir – Art Sex Music (published 2017) – which was Sunday Times’, Rough Trade’s, Pitchfork and Uncut’s Music Book of the Year.

An Industrial music pioneer and also performance artist, Cosey has blurred the boundaries between art, sex and music throughout her long career. She lived across the boundaries of, and took part professionally, in all three categories. By the mid-70s, band performances shocked their audiences with performances which often included nudity, live sex acts and bodily fluids.

This chat will be a fascinating look at one of the pioneering voices of the avant garde, envelope-pushing 70s, and a life spent crossing boundaries.

At the heart of Chinwag events is MAP (Music and Art Productions). The money raised from the events goes to the Leeds-based registered charity, which enables disadvantaged young people at risk of exclusion from mainstream education access to art and music courses and opportunities, ranging from experience in graphics and illustration through to lyric writing and music production.

ALL proceeds donated to MAP Charity.

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Wednesday 2 May


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