Week 5

Cosey Fanni Tutti, Art Sex Music (London, England: Faber and Faber, 2017) pp.502

Cosey Fanni Tutti is one of my true inspirations. She is famously known from her performance work, her work with COUM, Throbbing Gristle and Chris and Cosey. This book is an autobiography of her life and career thus far (2017). It exemplifies the true spirit of being an aritst, the artist does not have to try so hard, not in the sense of working hard and being dedicated but more so trying so hard to be an artist. The natural calling and dedication to being an artist is something for Cosey which naturally (with much daily life struggle) comes to her. I appreciate how her happening work, performance work and noise or Industrial music intertwine, which today is known as an Interdisciplinary art practice. At that time these definitions weren’t yet carved out, that to me is quite bold and fearless. Biography and autobiography are extremely resourceful research material for my interest in characters, lives of others, human interactions and behavior. I find reading of other generations useful as I consider how things have changed now and in what way have things changed …how must we consider the present moment and how we make art. I don’t wish to make nostalgic art work. 20th Century artists were all unknowingly of their time and forging new paths, how do we do the same now…what work needs to be done. How can we create useful compositions for today by learning from our greatest inspirations of the past? I think a lot about technology when thinking of her work, throbbing gristle having built incredible noise machines, patches, and oscillators, the use of poetry and message in a deconstructed but meaningful way…today we have all of this in digital interfaces. How can I use the technology of today as material to tell contemporary stories, thoughts and concerns.

Rubin, Judith Aron, Child Art Therapy (New York: Litton Educational Printing, 1978) pp.464