BREYER P-ORRIDGE: We Are But One Panel Discussion

In celebration of BREYER P-ORRIDGE: We Are But One, Pioneer Works presents a series of concerts and related programs that pay tribute to the late artists’ work, featuring the artists’ friends and collaborators, alongside others who were indelibly shaped by BREYER P-ORRIDGE’s seminal practice. The series is organized in partnership with Ryan Martin of Dais Records—an independent label that released numerous records with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge during he/r lifetime.

In conjunction with the closing reception of BREYER P-ORRIDGE: We Are But One, Pioneer Works is pleased to gather a group of longtime friends and collaborators of Genesis and Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge, in a discussion that unpacks the artists’ Pandrogyne project—a nearly two-decade endeavor to liberate love and pure consciousness from the confines of a gender conforming body. Moderated by writer Douglas Rushkoff, the conversation will feature Beth Citron, curator, art historian and the Director of Museum Engagement for Nature Morte Gallery in New Delhi; Scott Ewalt; and Caleigh Fisher, both artists.

About the Panelists

Beth Citron is a New York-based curator and art historian, and the Director of Museum Engagement for Nature Morte Gallery in New Delhi. She organized the exhibition Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: Try to Altar Everything at the Rubin Museum of Art in 2016 as the museum's Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. She holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught in the Art History Department at New York University, from which she also earned a BA in Fine Arts.

Caleigh Fisher/Kali Fissure is an artist and educator from Toronto, Canada. The first long term project she was involved with was an arts-based rehabilitation program called Spiral Garden, which integrated community building, the therapeutic needs of infirm children, gardening and the arts. Exploring collective culture making as a healing process for individual and civilization.  Most recently she was teaching wilderness survival to children/youth/adults in the East Bay and working as a care attendant.  Her lifelong interest is the evolution of culture and humanity so that it can survive its own character, nature, and enjoying the company of family, friends and strangers in a convivial atmosphere of collective culture making. She is also under the delusion that she has solved many of the problems of cosmology through her theory of Neutron Decay Cosmology.

Scott Ewalt is a New York based artist working in digital and traditional mediums. His work is firmly rooted in music, performance, and nightclub themes. He has contributed artwork for books and music packaging, for artists Marc Almond, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Jayne County, the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Dolly Parton, Bruce Benderson, and Charles Atlas. He is the author of Words and Pictures, For Your Pleasure and The Art of Being Liz Renay.

About the Moderator

Named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT, Douglas Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. His twenty books include the just-published Team Human, based on his podcast, as well as the bestsellers Present Shock, Throwing Rocks and the Google Bus, Program or Be Programmed, Life Inc, and Media Virus. He also made the PBS Frontline documentaries Generation Like, The Persuaders, and Merchants of Cool. His book Coercion won the Marshall McLuhan Award, and the Media Ecology Association honored him with the first Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity. He is a research fellow of the Institute for the Future, and founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at CUNY/Queens, where he is a Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics.

This program series is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.