a.a.s/ Insectoid/ Diann Bauer/ Amanda Beech/ Mikko Canini/ Seth Coston/ Rod Dickinson/ Pil and Galia Kollectiv/ Tai Shani/ Francis Upritchard/ Roman Vasseur

Curated by Pil and Galia Kollectiv

The Institute of Psychoplasmics is an exhibition about cultic social groupings and how they challenge the integrity of the social body by producing another within it. The show takes its name and inspiration from the eponymous fictional institute in David Cronenberg’s 1979 film ‘The Brood’, in which rage is encouraged to take the form of a cancerous schism within the body. Recreated within the Pump House Gallery, the Institute will investigate cults, brainwashing, war games, rituals and other explorations through new commissioned work including videos, paintings, sculptures, sound and object based installations.

The Institute of Psychoplasmics will also be accompanied by an offsite evening of live art on Thu 8 May, at Shoreditch Town Hall (tickets £4 via PayPal to or from the Pump House Gallery; £5 on the door). Tai Shani’s one-off performance Empire and Daughter Isotope will feature epic prog band Guapo and electroclash diva Angie Reed. Cannibalizing pulp film and fiction through black magic cult rituals, a Mini Mouse anti-sacrifice of twelve virgins is crowned by five tableaux of notorious Satanist Anton Lavey posing in nudist magazine Jaybird. Meanwhile performance collective Insectoid’s hive also colonise the stage and perform their own entomological rites, exploring insect behaviour to produce exoskeletal sounds.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a 112 page hardcover publication with texts and stories by Suhail Malik, Amanda Beech, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Gilad Elbom, Tom McCarthy, Emily McMehen, Travis Jeppeson and a pop up artwork by Diann Bauer, £15 via PayPal to or from the Pump House Gallery. The book will be launched on Sat 26 Apr 2008 with a discussion panel with Suhail Malik, Amanda Beech, Roman Vasseur and Pil and Galia Kollectiv, followed by a demonstration of Guy Debord's strategy board game by Class Wargames with Rod Dickinson.

The Institute of Psychoplasmics has been kindly supported by Arts Council England, Henry Moore Foundation and Film London.

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