Schizoanalysis and Schizotrategy / Thursday 18th July 6 – 9pm (talk begins at 7pm)
Thursday 18th July 6 – 9pm [talk begins at 7pm]
Artist Talk: Plastique Fantastique with Oreet Ashery and John Cussans
Schizoanalysis and Schizotrategy
To accompany the exhibition at IMT gallery: Plastique Fantastique | Your Extinction Our Future!, Oreet Ashery and John Cussans will join David Burrows and Simon O’Sullivan to discuss Schizoanalysis and Schizotrategy (a termed coined by Reza Negarestani) and the themes of collapse, excess and the monstrous in relation to art and politics.
Oreet Ashery’s talk, titled ‘In the Space of Disparate Ghosts’, will present and discuss her work and ideas concerning excess, disassociation and genitals in the context of the political unconscious. John Cussans ‘Necrocracy and the Zombie Complex’ will discuss the political and cultural implications of different conceptions of zombies. David Burrows and Simon O’Sullivan will discuss the relation of myth, collapse and the imaginary in ‘Nueropath, Fux-Owl and other avatars’. John Cussans is an artist and writer and Associate Research Fellow at Goldsmiths and is currently writing a book on the politics and history of zombies for Punctum Books. Oreet Ashery is an artist, a lecturer at Goldsmiths and an honorary research fellow at QMUL. Her recent projects include the Artangel commission ‘Party for Freedom’.
Entry is free however due to limited space it will be helpful if you could RSVP.
The talk will begin promptly at 7pm at X Marks the Bökship, next door to IMT Gallery, however the gallery will be open from 6pm to give new visitors a chance to view the exhibition.
Plastique Fantastique is a group that investigates aesthetics, the sacred, politics and popular and mass culture through comics, performances, texts, assemblages and installations. It is envisaged as a group of human and inhuman avatars delivering communiqués from the extreme past and the future. Its works are baroque, transformative, express a subversive urgency and are frequently site-specific and participatory.
The list of individuals that make up Plastique Fantastique change dependent upon the circumstances. As a group it was originally conceived of by Simon O’Sullivan as the architects of the exhibition New Life at Chisenhale, London, a 2004 exhibition by the artist David Burrows. In Plastique Fantastique’s manifesto O’Sullivan proposed a group whose intentions are to shift potential participants “from work time (utility) into sacred time (play)” by executing practice as ritual. Since the appearance of the manifesto, the story of Plastique Fantastique has been narrated through their comics.
Plastique Fantastique is David Burrows and Simon O’Sullivan. It was formed in 2004 and has performed and exhibited in the UK and abroad including 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London; Outpost, Norwich; Apex, Portsmouth; Aliceday Gallery, Brussels and Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York. They have participated in ‘GSK Contemporary’ at the Royal Academy of the Arts, London, ‘The Chemical Wedding’ Tate Britain, London 2008 and the 2010 Tatton Park Biennial.
Unit 2/210 Cambridge Heath Road
E2 9NQ UK
Exhibition continues until the 28th July and open from Thursday – Sunday from 12 – 6pm
Forthcoming Performance: Plastique Fantastique | Your Extinction Our Future!
Saturday 27th July 6 – 9pm [performance begins at 8pm]