Bight Of The Twin

Bight of the Twin is a film directed by Hazel Hill McCarthy III featuring the avant-garde performance artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and h/er late spouse Lady Jaye. In 1993, the couple embarked on a series of radical cosmetic interventions that would lead to them becoming one almost-identical, gender-neutral, ‘pandrogynous’ entity. Bight of the Twin documents P-Orridge’s 2014 visit to the annual Vodoun Twin Festival in Ouidah, Benin, a city known as the birthplace of voodoo, and which claims the highest birth rate of twins in the world. In Ouidah, P-Orridge takes part in a twin-fetish ritual that allows her to reconnect with Lady Jaye, her departed twin, in the immaterial realm.

P-Orridge is most notable as founder of industrial and experimental bands Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV in the 70s and 80s. P-Orridge is the narrator and main protagonist of the film that is interspersed with archival and documentary footage drawn together by a soundtrack including Psychic TV. The work is occult in style and subject and employs retro subcultural aesthetics that tells the story of their relationship, transformation and supranatural connection after death.

The feature-length film has screened at international museums and festivals including, the Rubin Museum of Art, New York, US; ICA, London, UK; Tamayo, Mexico City, MX; Unsound Festival, Krakow, PL; CTM Festival, Berlin, DE; Erata Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg, RU, among others. For Sedition, McCarthy presents an exclusive 16-minute version of the film.

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