Roger Ely participated in the Revisiting Genesis project before passing away a month after his interview. The full interview will be released here soon.
Roger Ely was an artist, curator, and publisher, a true avant-gardist who developed a series of influential projects combining performance, experimental writing, stand-up comedy, art criticism, improvised music, DIY cultures, and new media – often in unusual and independently initiated contexts. His achievements include: Curator, Brighton Contemporary Arts Festival (1977-1979) including Throbbing Gristle: Music from the Death Factory; Editor, P.S.: Primary Sources journal (1979-1982); Curator, B2 Gallery (1981-1984) including The Final Academy (William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, John Giorno); and Curator/Performer, The Zap Club (1982-1998) including Taboo (Marc Almond, Kathy Acker, Lydia Lunch, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Cerith Wyn Evans, John Maybury, Neo-Naturists).