Industrial music pioneer and performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti has written her autobiography. Art Sex Music is the story of a musician who, as a founding member of the avant-garde group Throbbing Gristle and electronic pioneers Chris & Cosey, has consistently challenged the boundaries of music over the past four decades.
It is the account of an artist who, as part of COUM Transmissions, represented Britain at the IXth Biennale de Paris, whose Prostitution show at the ICA in 1976 caused the Conservative MP Nicholas Fairbairn to declare her, COUM and Throbbing Gristle ‘Wreckers of Civilisation’, and whose work continues to be held at the vanguard of contemporary art.
And it is the story of her work as a pornographic model and striptease artist which challenged assumptions about morality, erotica and art.
In this film made while she was writing the book she tells documentary maker Gavin Toomey about the process of writing about these extraordinary events, with the help of old diaries and scrapbooks.