The One True TOPI Tribe, thee OTTT, or simply TOPI (said like Hopi, see TOPI mission statement one), as you already know is a coum-Unity, a decentralized proccess network, founded by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.(Genesis Breyer P-Orridge & Dust La Rock for Frank151 from Frank151 on Vimeo.)
You will at once notice at least two unfamiliar terms, TOPI and COUM. Let us start with COUM or coum and see if we can then speak a little more about this One True TOPI Tribe. It’s hard not to notice, how coum is spelled (but how does it sound?), COUM (the capitalization is just to draw your attention to) or coum can be pronounced ‘cum’ or ‘com’. Yet we do not stop at that level. The term also resonates with the word ‘come’ as well as ‘cum’ (like in your face).
This portmanteau word, this phoneme/morpheme, coum invokes other terms that it may combine with, such as communication and all other (dot) com- related terms, even communion. According to Simon Ford text on the Coum Transmission & Throbbing Gristle, short-titled, Wreckers of Civilization (1999), the term Coum came out of P-Orridge’s early work with language restrictions inspired by the Exploding Galaxy commune/group (“when in doubt-be extreme”, Genesis). P-Orridge has been since working on honing the idiosyncrasies of he/r (pandrogeny) speech, introducing terms such as o.v. and L.ov.E., but for now, that is all you get on that. Well, there is another interesting tidbit we can share before moving on, “coincidentally,” in 1973—4, the year that Genesis is said to start he/r language experiments is also the same time period as the emergence of the famous French writing group Oulipo.