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Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti

November 21, 2011

CarterTutti by JonBaker, 2011

Photo: Jon Baker

It isn’t a stretch to describe Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti as icons. Electronic music pioneers, Chris and Cosey were founding members of seminal industrial band Throbbing Gristle. When TG dissolved in 1981,  the duo began releasing music as Chris and Cosey. On their own, or in collaborations and remixes, they’ve been making edgy music that will make you think while you dance for nearly forty years.

They performed with a rebooted Throbbing Gristle in 2009, and are currently recording as CarterTutti. In addition to continuing to record and tour, Cosey is also well known for her avant garde performance art, and Chris is a talented and innovative photographer.

Chris and Cosey were sound artist Jason Sloan ‘s response to Question 13, and we at 12 Questions are honored that they chose to participate. Read on, realizing that you are in the presence of greatness…

1. What is your hometown?




London, England.

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?


Emma Peel.


Dr. Frankenstein, the Mel Brooks/Gene Wilder version.

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.


Tilda Swinton or Helena Bonham Carter if they could pull off the Yorkshire accent and attitude.


Steve Coogan

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?


Any that has soul and integrity.


Anything by Cosey Fanni Tutti.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?


‘Secret Historian, the life and times of Samuel Steward’ by Justin Spring


‘Special Sound’ by Louis Niebur, is a fascinating book about the history of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. I’m also reading the very entertaining ‘The Fuller Memorandum’ by Charles Stross.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?




Eliane Radigue’s double album ‘Geelriandre & Arthesis’.

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?


‘Let the Right One In’ (Swedish version)


The ending of ‘Twelve Monkeys’, guaranteed. Well that and ‘The Return of the King’.

8. Cat person or dog person?


Cat but I’d love a dog again when I don’t travel so much.


I used to be a dog person, currently I’m a cat person.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?


Kindness. The truth can be very brutal.


Kindness, the truth can be too unkind.

10. How do you define sin?


I don’t acknowledge ‘biblical sin’. Sin to me is unremorseful pleasure. There’s a C&C a song about sin.


I wouldn’t even try, sin is in the mind of the beholder.

11. How do you define virtue?


It all depends on the context. When it’s used in terms of decency and integrity that’s fine but it’s usually defined via its opposition to sin and as a measure of ‘unspoilt’ value – as in righteousness and virginity.


By virtue of one’s common-sense.

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?


Too morbid – no phrase comes to mind.

An arm reaching out in an arch and holding hands with similar on Chris’s resting place.


“Don’t Panic!”…  etched onto a mirror.


Chris & Cosey
Chris Carter
Cosey Fanni Tutti

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  1. November 21, 2011 08:55

    The Secret Historian is an amazing book about an amazing individual, a true transgressive artist. Highly recommended. I’m glad to say I share reading tastes with Cosey Fanni Tutti!

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