“One True TOPI Tribe” Compilation

One True Topi TribeThe 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.

This compilation includes work from the famously weird Steven Johnson Leyba, Obiekt 172, OT3, HoodooEngine, and many others. (Check it out.)

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  • Butter Knife

    I’m am impressed not only by how opaque this article is for somebody with no prior knowledge of what the hell is being discussed, but by how opaque the linked reference articles are as well.

    Kudos on coming up with something so convoluted it apparently cannot be properly summarized.

    • Jamie Lee

      That was one of Gen’s real talents. I’m happy they are keeping the tradition alive, as it were. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/TheeUncondemningMonk Uncondemning Monk

        as the writer of this opaque piece, i thank you for what i perceive as a compliment — St. Stephen

  • Butter Knife

    I’m am impressed not only by how opaque this article is for somebody with no prior knowledge of what the hell is being discussed, but by how opaque the linked reference articles are as well.

    Kudos on coming up with something so convoluted it apparently cannot be properly summarized.

  • http://www.facebook.com/agent139 Jamie Lee

    That was one of Gen’s real talents. I’m happy they are keeping the tradition alive, as it were. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheeUncondemningMonk Uncondemning Monk

    as the writer of this opaque piece, i thank you for what i perceive as a compliment