💫 PLASTIQUE FANTASTIQUE

Plastique Fantastique is a collaboration between David Burrows, Simon O’Sullivan, Alex Marzeta, Vanessa Page and others. Plastique Fantastique first arose out of a text Simon wrote for New Life, a touring exhibition by David that launched at the Chisenhale Gallery in 2004, and they regularly produce comics and texts that communicate the group’s diverse intentions and interests.

The group is known for ritualised performances and installations that are a frenzied mixture of baroque, distorted aesthetics often with glitter, projections and drone music, with projects that often involve cryptic references to popular culture, politics and philosophy. They refer to themselves as a mythopoetic fiction”, that the writer and curator Tim Dixon summarised in Art Monthly as spinning the cutting-edge technology of advanced capitalism with arcane ritual and magic [and] never straying too far from self-consciously examining the art market and its machinations.”

Plastique Fantastique have exhibited and performed widely throughout the UK and abroad. Recent exhibitions and performances include: ‘Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness’ Hayward Touring exhibition curated by #JohnWalter at the #Mac Belfast (2018), #DCA Dundee (upcoming) and the #BuryArtMuseumAndSculpture Bury (upcoming); ‘The Call us the Screamers’ curated by #MatPacker at #TULCAFestivalofVisualArts Galway (2017); ‘Lindsey Bull and Plastique Fantastique’ at #Castlefield Manchester (2017); ‘Green Skeen (rough cut)’ film screening of Plastique Fantastique / 0[rphan] d[rift>] collaboration at #SupernormalFestival Oxfordshire (2016); Myth-Science performance as part of ‘Goldon Age Problems’ curated by #NathanBudzinski at #Autoitalia London (2014); Myth-Science and Monarch-Drone performances as part of ‘Webewoche’ curated by #BrunoListopad at #StroomdeHaag Netherlands (2014); ‘Cloud Gives Birth to New Animal: Plastique Fantastique Feedback Loop to Call Forth Neuropatheme’ as part of ‘Long Live the New Flesh’ curated by #JackBrindley and #TimDixon at the #ICA London (2013); ‘Diagram of the Parasite Fox-Owl and the Host Phenome-Human-Algorithmic-Feedback-Loop’ exhibition and performance as part of ‘Magic Eye’ curated by #TimDixon at #GrandUnion Birmingham (2013); Projects at IMT Gallery include the performance event ‘Myth – Science Colloquium: Traitors and Tricksters’ with performance by Sholto Dobie (2017), the solo exhibition and performance ‘Your Extinction Our Future!’ (2013) and the film screening of Pimpz and Hookerz as part of ‘Obliteration Device’ curated by #DavidBurrows (2014). 

Plastique Fantastique are based in London.

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Performance of ‘Call forth BI-SON-OIL-MAN’  at IMT Gallery, London, 2017
Performed by: David Burrows, Alex Marzeta, Simon O’Sullivan and Vanessa Page.

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Performance of ‘Myth-Science-Fiction: Evolution of Time-Stretcher Tool Neuropath 3.0’ at Stroom den Haag, Netherlands, 2014
Performed by: David Burrows, Alex Marzeta, Simon O’Sullivan and Harriet Skully.

Performance of ‘Traitor Memes’ at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, 2017
Performed by: David Burrows, Simon O’Sullivan, Vanessa Page and Alex Marzeta

Performance of ‘Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness’ at DCA, Dundee, 2018
Performed by: David Burrows, Simon O’Sullivan, Vanessa Page, Mark Jackson and Alex Marzeta

Performance of ‘Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness’ at DCA, Dundee, 2018
Performed by: David Burrows, Simon O’Sullivan, Vanessa Page, Mark Jackson and Alex Marzeta

Installation view of ‘Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness’ at The Mac, Belfast, 2017-2018

Installation view of ‘Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness’ at The Mac, Belfast, 2017-2018

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Installation view of ‘All The Fantasies of the People’ at IMT Gallery, London, 2013 


Installation video of ‘All The Fantasies of the People’ at IMT Gallery, London, 2013

Performance of All The Fantasies of the People’ at IMT Gallery, London, 2013
Performed by:  Ana Benlloch, David Burrows, Tom Clark, Mark Jackson, Alex Marzeta, Simon O’Sullivan, Vanessa Page and Stuart Tait.