Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth has been convened in order to act as a catalyst and focus for the Individual development off all those who wish to reach inwards and strike out. Maybe you are already one of these, already feeling different, dissatisfied, separate from the mass around you, instinctive and alert? You are already one of us. The fact that you have this message is a start in itself.
Conceived in the aftermath of the punk and industrial countercultures, Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth (TOPY) was an "anti-cult" that drew on the tenets of provocation, transgression, and the DIY ethos to form an internationally reaching network bound together by an esoteric sensibility.
With experimental pop group Psychic TV serving as the public's access to Temple doctrine (shattering a Guinness World Record for musical output in the process), the decade long spiritual, intellectual, and sexual revolution that TOPY would instigate, for tens of thousands of members worldwide, represented an unprecedented model for radical communion.
TOPY strove to transcend the normative constructs of culture, sexuality, order, and reason, examine and undermine systems of power, and reach ecstatic states of being. In doing so its members often hurdled past the outer limits of propriety, arousing the moral wrath of “Satanic Panic” era British authorities and causing the subsequent Scotland Yard raid and political exile of the group’s central figurehead, artist and provocateur Genesis P-Orridge.
A MESSAGE FROM THE TEMPLE is the first official documentary about Thee Temple Of Psychick Youth (years 1981-1991), tracing its influences and inception to its dramatic downfall and enduring legacy.
Told with unprecedented access through the eyes of its members, collaborators, and persecutors via contemporary interviews, personal archives, and historical accounts from the mainstream media, A MESSAGE FROM THE TEMPLE will provide an intimate portrait of the artists, occultists, and rock stars that surrounded Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth.
It is our belief as filmmakers that stories such as this must be told if human history is to survive, progress, or have any meaning whatsoever.
A MESSAGE FROM THE TEMPLE isn't just a film, it's a call to arms. We seek Individuals to preserve the Temple that resides within us all.
If you are attracted in any way by what we have already said we suggest the following action.
WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING DONATIONS
We need initial seed money to not only make this project possible, but to tell this story without compromise.
Our initial goal represents a quarter of what we need to make this project, but it will get us started. Any additional funds will go towards our complete budget of $200,000, which includes post production and finishing costs for the film. Should this occur, a variety of new and exclusive rewards will be offered. You hold Thee Key.
Our initial costs are as follows:
PRODUCTION This includes the purchase and rental of equipment, and any other fees incurred during the production.
TRAVEL A large portion of our production costs relate to international travel for interviews and archival research, with trips to the UK, Europe, and across the US. Costs include flights, accommodations, car rentals and gas for our team.
PRESERVATION & RESTORATION The vast archive of films, videocassettes, audio cassettes, photographs, and original documents that require high quality digital transfers, preservation, and in some cases, costly restoration fees.
LICENSING AND RIGHTS USAGE for the archival music & footage used in the film, and the ability to distribute the final product across all relevant platforms upon its release.
COMPENSATION The hiring of an editor to manage the vast archival material and contemporary interviews generated from this project.
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If you are unable to contribute financially to our campaign, we seek your help otherwise.
Do... you have interest in taking action? We need individuals willing to volunteer their time for the management and organization of archival.
Thee Temple is committed to building a modern network. And this network is inevitably faced with thee task ov action to communicate survival and social evolution to others.
GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is an English singer-songwriter, musician, poet, performance and visual artist, and occultist. After rising to notability as the founder of the COUM Transmissions artistic collective and then fronting the industrial band Throbbing Gristle, P-Orridge was a founding member of Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth occult group, and fronted the experimental band Psychic TV. Through h/er current “breaking sex” artworks, P-Orridge identifies as pandrogyne, a formed third gender with h/er partner Ladye Jaye Breyer P-Orridge. P-Orridge’s remarkable body of underground work reminds us that when you believe in something, artistic integrity demands that you live by it too.
CURRENT & FUTURE INDIVIDUALS
We have already conducted interviews with Carl Abrahamsson (TOPY Scan, Edda Publishing), Paul "Bee" Hampshire (PTV, Getting The Fear, Into A Circle), V. Vale (RE/Search Publications, Search & Destroy), John Aes-Nihil (The Archives of Aesthetic Nihilism), Jason Louv (editor of Thee Psychick Bible, founder of Ultraculture, Occultist), J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus), Don Bolles (The Germs, 45 Grave, Nervous Gender), and Scott Treleaven (The Salivation Army).
We have confirmed upcoming interviews with Alaura O'Dell (previously Paula P-Orridge, PTV, TOPY, ex-wife of Genesis and mother of their two children), Douglas Rushkoff (author and media theorist), Richard Metzger (Disinformation, Dangerous Minds), Tom Headbanger (head of TOPY North America), Rose McDowall (Strawberry Switchblade, Current 93), Drew McDowall (PTV, Coil), William Breeze (Coil, PTV, current head of the O.T.O.), and David Keenan (England's Hidden Reverse, The Wire). More confirmations to be announced soon.
REPORTS OF OUR ACTIVITIES
Read an interview with the filmmakers in CLRVYNT, and one with director Jacqueline Castel in Hero Magazine. Listen to a playlist of essential TOPY cuts curated by our producer and co-owner of Dais Records Ryan Martin in Self-Titled.
Other reports: Billboard, Bullett, Citizen LA, CLRVYNT, Crack Magazine, The Creators Project, CVLT Nation, Dangerous Minds, Dazed, i-D, Impose, MXDWN, Pitchfork, The Quietus, Screen Anarchy, The Ransom Note, Spin, Tribe Media, The Wire.
We present to you artifacts from the original Temple Mail Order.
NEW EXCLUSIVE REWARDS AVAILABLE OCTOBER 23RD 23:00
COIL "SUMMER SOLSTICE: BEE STINGS" 7"
Signed by John Balance, Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson, Drew McDowall, and Bill Breeze. Green Vinyl originally limited to 50 copies. By generous donation from the personal collection of Drew McDowall, limited to 1 copy, available for 23 hours only.
DREW MCDOWALL "COLLAPSE" TEST PRESSING LP
Test Pressing of Drew McDowall's "Collapse" LP on Dais Records, signed by the artist. Limited to 1 copy.
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS ART EDITION LP OF "NOTHING HERE NOW BUT THE RECORDINGS"
Art Edition of William S. Burroughs' "Nothing Here Now but the Recordings" LP reissued on Dais Records. Limited to an edition of 23, with artwork donated by Jes Aurelius of Ascetic House.
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS ART EDITION POSTER
18" x 24" Silk Screened Poster for "Nothing Here Now But The Recordings" William S. Burroughs LP reissued on Dais Records. Designed by Jes Aurelius in an edition of 23.
GP-O by JPT INTERVIEW CASSETTE
Previously unreleased Genesis P-Orridge interview on TOPY, conducted by Jean-Pierre Turmel of Sordide Sentimental on March 10th 1984 in Rouen, France. Newly dubbed tapes with original, dead stock silk screened TOPY cassette covers. C46 Cassette, limited edition of 40.
BLEACH DYED SLEEVELESS PSYCHIC CROSS TANK
Reproduction of the original sleeveless black tank with gold Psychic Cross, bleach dyed and limited to an edition of 23. As modeled by former TOPY member Paul "Bee" Hampshire.
PSYCHIC HEARTS SHIRT
The below shirt, designed by our friends at Psychic Hearts for our NYC fundraising benefit, is now available in limited sizing exclusive to our campaign backers. Limited to an edition of 50 on white t-shirts. Reads: "Abolish Fear, Establish Trust."
An exact replication of the Television Magick booklet, originally published in 1988. The first attempt to systematically explore the practical and theoretical implications of Television Magick.
MODERN PRIMITIVES FROM RE/SEARCH PUBLICATIONS
5 copies of the hardbound copy of the Modern Primitives book published by RE/Search Publications, from the original edition of 500, signed by V. Vale. Featuring Genesis & Paula P-Orridge.
A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM THE TEMPLE OV PSYCHICK YOUTH
The original introductory leaflet.
PSYCHIC TELEVISION TRANSMISSIONS
These are video-cassettes intended for instruction of Psychick Youth. They are celebrations of experience, provocations of thought, image, sound and Spirit, integrated as information and not as entertainment. Psychic TV is not intended to be a replacement for conventional programming, but rather the first step towards a de-programming.
THEE GREY BOOK
Thee original and essential statements ov Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth. No Individual can begin to understand TOPY without it.
THEE PSYCHICK BIBLE
The most profound new manual on practical magick—taking from its Crowleyan level of liberation and empowerment of the individual to a next level of realization that magick must then give back to its environment and community. Paperback copies signed by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.
The most instantly effective strategy for generating very quickly the impression of a serious, focused, militant network.
THEE GREY SHIRT, SWEATSHIRT, & POLO
Grey because it lies between black and white as nothing is certain, everything permitted.
THEE PATCH AND THEE KEY
THEE STICKERS AND THEE TOTE
RITUAL CUTTINGS IN NYC, LA, & LONDON
The TOPY haircut is a combination of the sensuous in the form of a long tail of hair at the back of the head, with the rest of the head shaved in reference to the ascetic spiritual disciplines.
To be conducted with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge's original clippers by the filmmaking team. Available at participating record stores Material World (ex-Heaven Street) in NYC and Mount Analog in Los Angeles and participating cinema Close Up Film Centre in London (in tandem with a satellite screening of our NYC RITUAL CUTTINGS event, TBA soon).
GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE SIGIL ARTWORK
Reproduction of original sigil artwork by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge from 1987, as featured in the short film MOONCHILD. Limited to an edition of 23 and signed by the artist.
BULLET CHARMS & NECKLACE
As part of the ongoing discussions between the ratios within Thee Temple regarding the sigil process, these charms were sent out as an acknowledgement and thank you for your sigil participation. Each charm or necklace will include a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.
EXCLUSIVE NYC INVITATION TO THEE TEMPORARY TEMPLE
Thank you for joining us at Thee Temporary Temple on Saturday, October 15th for a one night only benefit event at a historic church in NYC attended by hundreds of people. We screened rare TOPY archival, followed by a discussion with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (TOPY UK), Tom Headbanger (Coyote 2/12, TOPY North America), Caleigh Fisher (TOPY Toronto), Paul "Bee" Hampshire (TOPY UK), & Pieter Schoolwerth (TOPY North America).
You can view photographs from the event here.
JACQUELINE CASTEL, DIRECTOR & CINEMATOGRAPHER
Jacqueline Castel is a NYC & LA based filmmaker, archivist, curator and longtime collaborator with Sacred Bones Records. Her work has premiered at Sundance, SXSW, BAMcinemaFest, and festivals worldwide, and has featured collaborations with filmmakers Jim Jarmusch and John Carpenter. Jacqueline’s archival and curatorial experience has extended to the estate of H.R. Giger, the Genesis Breyer P-Orridge archives at the Tate Britain, and screenings of the work of David Lynch. She has interviewed dozens of creative luminaries, including filmmaker Errol Morris on serial killers, musician Cherie Currie on UFOs and telekinesis, and artist Joe Coleman on his personal collection at the Odditorium. She is directing her first narrative feature film in Tokyo in 2017.
RYAN MARTIN, PRODUCER
Ryan Martin is a musician and artist currently residing in Brooklyn, NY who co-founded Dais Records in 2007 and avant-garde label Robert & Leopold in 2010. He has taken part in hundreds of performances over the past two decades and has worked with dozens of leading experimental underground artists such as Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Maurizio Bianchi. Ryan has also managed Genesis Breyer P-Orridge since 2008, a relationship that started in 2004 when he was taken on board to help catalog P-Orridge's archives.
CALEB BRAATEN, PRODUCER
Caleb Braaten owns and operates Sacred Bones, a NYC-based label with a focus on forward-thinking contemporary music, art, books, and film. In addition to releasing dozens of new independent artists' output, Sacred Bones has teamed with cult auteurs David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch, and John Carpenter to release their musical work.
ALDONA WATTS, PRODUCER
Aldona Watts is a filmmaker working in the Bay Area and New York. Her directorial debut, award-winning feature documentary LAND OF SONGS (2015), premiered with the Margaret Mead film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and is screening at festivals internationally. Aldona is also an organizer at Her Girl Friday, a Brooklyn collective of women nonfiction storytellers. She has produced audio documentaries on topics involving gender, music, and culture.
Risks and challenges
A MESSAGE FROM THE TEMPLE is a reality that we will manifest. It will not be easy. Any project of this scale requires commitment if it is to succeed.
Gaining the trust of the Individuals in this story is important to our team, requiring time and patience, and interviews require extensive logistical planning internationally. These perspectives, if not accessed now, risk being lost forever if we do not begin this process now.
The TOPY archives are scattered across the globe in various formats and states of erosion that will take care to source, log, and restore properly.
Lastly, creating a final film that our team believes in morally, spiritually, and aesthetically takes time, consideration, and care.
There are challenges ahead, and we accept responsibility. Gladly and with excitement and deliberate ignorance of the outcome. We revel in mystery and surprise. We bury ourselves in challenges and dreams. We embrace all possibilities and impossibilities with joy and excitement.
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