Born Out of Sex

by Mad Kate | the Tide

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Born Out Of Sex is the first single off their forthcoming EP, This Morning Waking, which is a body of work – music, lyrical prose, essay, video and performance -- that revisits some of Mad Kate’s earliest writings on rape culture and non-concentual sex, dating back to 2001. Her texts, haunting melodies, and the unashamed presence of her explicit body in performance, exposes the dilemma of the body as inextracibly entangled inside powerful structures of entitlement, power, and empowered identities that are always and always were related to sex and the sexual body.

Mad Kate writes: “I was born out of sex, lived in the body, arrived through the cunt, to be told that I am a cunt, that I will be desired, that they will want to have sex in me and on my body, to guard against sex, to be a certain type of body, to do and not do certain things with my body.” Born Out of Sex is about the impossibility of leaving the physical markings of the body, the way that the body is read and the expectations placed on it. A physical body has lived there inside the uterus, did emerge from another body. The body has emerged from a process of sex, preganany, birthing, and parenting and it must always contest with the how it has been identified as such from the moment it emerges.

Mastering by Jacopo Bertacco
Berlin 2019

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I was born out of sex
lived in the body
arrived through the cunt
told I have a cunt
that I will be desired

that they will want to have sex in me and on my body
to guard against sex
to be a certain type of body
there are certain things I should
do or not do
with my body

I was told to refuse
when they say yes I should say
no no no!!
but when I said no they said
yes yes yes

I was born out of sex
lived in the body
I arrived through the cunt
told I have a cunt
there are certain things I should do and not do with my body

when they said no I said yes yes yes
when I said yes they said – no no no

we had sex on the body

I was born out of sex
but its not about sex
I lived in the body
but its not about the body

don't talk about the body
don't talk about the sex
they say its not about sex
its not about the body

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released January 1, 2020

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Mad Kate | the Tide Berlin, Germany

Mad Kate (vocals text movement) and the Tide (guitar loops electronics) collaborate in a perpetual adventure pet that touches the multiplying ways we access music and performance. From electro-folk to Afro-noise to punk-word, they speak with an urgent voice as they explore the concept of ALIVE:ness. ... more

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