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Cosey Fanni Tutti

Cosey Fanni Tutti is perhaps most popularly known as co-founder of
the band Throbbing Gristle and also for her involvement in art/music
groups COUM Transmissions. She is a multi-disciplinary artist practicing
in print, video, performance and sound. Her infamous exhibition at the
ICA in 1976 titled Prostitution included works based on appropriated
pornographic images of herself. Her work is exhibited internationally.

Who are you and what do you do for a living?
Cosey Fanni Tutti. Luckily being myself provides
me with enough to continue that way

Do you trust yourself?

What came first? The chicken or the egg?

Which image do you keep returning too?
None that I'm aware of

What have you done since you woke up
this morning?

Interviews and answering a pile of emails

Where do you go when no-one is looking?
I go where no one can look — into the long grass

What is your earliest memory?
Being pushed in a pram with my elder sister holding
onto the handle walking alongside

Please describe the place you are currently in,
or the view from your window?

My office overlooking the fields of corn

What do you like the look of?
Cats’ eyes

Were you a popular child?
Popularity never hits my radar — thankfully.
As a child I had many friends and outrageously
excitingly good times.

What sustains you?

Do you scare easy?
The loss of those I love scares me

Who was the first cultural figure to influence you?
Helen of Troy

Where is love?
Deep within

Are you lucky?

What’s under your clothes?

Do you subscribe to a particular belief?
Only in humanity's innate resolve to short
circuit its horrendous path to destruction.

What two colours should never be seen?
Tan and orange

What do you like most about fame and success?
I hate those terms and what they’ve come to represent.
I’m not famous and success is elusive

Who did you spend last night with?
Chris Carter

What do you do for fun?
Things I’d never disclose

What one thing would improve the quality
of your existence?

To eradicate my heart defect

What do you predict for London?

What is your number one priority?
Happiness for those I love

Why do you do what you do?
I have no choice. I can live no other way

If a tree falls down in a wood but no one is there
to hear it, does it make a noise?


Who do you like to talk shop with?
No one. It's hideous

Where to go for the best late night cocktail in London?
Or a pint in the afternoon?

I don't drink alcohol

What is your most marked characteristic?

What would you like to be better at?

What is your favourite smell?
Hyacinths in bloom

What quality do you most like in man?
Those that are silent

What is the quality you most like in woman?

What is sexy?
The signals and movements that are subconscious

How do you know when something is finished?
How can you let go of it?

It feels right and resists further intervention

Do you have a short anecdote for us?
Or a joke?


What is your favourite sound?

What are you reading, or who or what do you
like to read?

I usually have two books on the go —
one factual and one fictional for escapism.

In a parallel universe, what are you doing
right now?

Flying unassisted

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Total loss of all hope of humanitarianism

What do you regard as your greatest achievement?
Being alive

Do you collect anything? If so what?
Lots — too much really. Mainly from the ‘30s,
‘50s and ‘60s

Which work of art do you most covet for your home?

Where do you find most pleasure?
Home or a deserted beach at around 5pm

What’s your favourite public place in London?
Victoria Park (in the ‘70s)

What’s your favourite private place in London?

Our old flat in Crouch End

What is humanity’s biggest failing?

What piece of music would you like played
at your funeral?

Something chosen by Chris. My funeral wouldn’t
be about me

If you were to ask any two questions of any two people,
what would they be and whom would you ask?

I’d ask Sleazy if he liked what we’d done with Desertshore.
I’d ask my mother if she'd like to come visit

Is life serious?
It can be when people inflict pain (in all forms) on others.

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