Cosey Fanni Tutti, a founding member of avant garde group Throbbing Gristle and electronic pioneers Chris & Cosey, is to publish her autobiography Art Sex Music.
The book will be released by Faber in 2017 and will explore her career as an experimental artist over the course of the last four decades from the early days of Throbbing Gristle to latter releases as Carter Tutti Void with husband/bandmate Chris Carter and Factory Floor’s Nik Void.
The work will also explore Cosey’s adventures as an artist who, as part of COUM Transmissions, represented Britain at the IXth Biennale de Paris and whose Prostitution show at the ICA in 1976 caused the Conservative MP Nicholas Fairbairn to declare her, COUM and Throbbing Gristle as ‘wreckers of civilisation’.
It also examines her work as a as a pornographic model and striptease artiste which challenged assumptions about morality, pornography and art.
Cosey’s most recent album release was f(x) with her group Carter Tutti Void in 2016. She will be appearing at the following spoken word events to mark the publication of the book.
1-4 September – Festival No.6, Estuary Stage
Q&A with Andrew Weatherall
26 October – ICA Theatre, London
Q&A with Maria Fusco, rare screening of the COUM Transmissions film After Cease to Exist, an exhibition of Cosey’s original ICA Prostitution Magazine Actions plus DJ set by Richard Clouston’s Cosey Club.