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Was a group show curated by Plastique Fantastique at ASC Gallery, London in August 2012.

Artists: John Russell, Dean Kenning, Suzanne Treister, Simon Davenport, Reza Negarestani, Lawrence Leaman, Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan, John Gillis & Aline Bouvy, Benedict Drew, Peter Rockmount, Mark Jackson, John Cussans & Roberto Peyre, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, Neil Chapman & Ola Sahl, David Burrows, Tom Clarke & Simon O'Sullivan.

Performances by WE (Pil & Galia Kollectiv) and Neil Chapman & Ola Sahl (performed by David Burrows, Matthew Gifford, Ayako Koide and Emily Rosamond).

A fanzine-publication was produced for the show – you can download a pdf here (21Mb).

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In January 2012, ASC invited David Burrows and Simon O'Sullivan to produce an exhibition as Plastique Fantastique. They explained that they were not Plastique Fantastique, this was instead the name of a fiction, and proposed a Plastique Fantastique Communiqué in the form of a group exhibition. Initially, discussions went well. However, in the last few weeks the pair have preferred pointing, humming, or nodding to talking. ASC believes this is probably a ruse or the result of a strange pact they have made between themselves but are committed to seeing the exhibition through. ASC are in an embarrassing position however, as writing a description of the exhibition is very difficult. We can only offer the communiqué the pair sent and ideas discussed at our first meetings. Burrows & O'Sullivan told ASC they were interested in making an exhibition through layering or accretion, a process more akin to the production of a noise or crystalline object than curation. When asked why, they told ASC they believed that it was what the times or situation demanded - a mixing-up or refusal of genre - and pointed to the peculiar diagrams that some of the contributors had submitted for the show, and this was as far as the conversation went. ASC only knows for sure that the work in the exhibitions ranges from painting, texts and diagrams, objects and film and sound work.

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All wall diagrams
by David Burrows
& Simon O’Sullivan

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Plastique Fantastique is for Skizzcretion... as an interference with the processing of stimuli by the nervous system... as secretion over-load... as semantic under-load... as a burning of the ear and splitting of the eye... as an accretion that is neither transparent nor opaque but a vibration... as dense and crystalline rather than a complex and rich source of information... as a surplus that is a store of energy... as an oscillation rather than a movement from A to B... as disorganisation and disorientation... as noise... as a refrain yet-to-come...

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Simon Davenport
Locust ball and film
2012

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Simon Davenport
Particle board, perspex vitrine,
enamel paint, and concrete
2011

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Mark Jackson
‘Chicken Asteroid (recording of
chickens being slaughtered,
played in the space, recorded,
played in the space, recorded…)’
2012

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Suzanne Treister
'Hexen 2.0/Historical Diagrams/From
Diogenes of Sinope to
Anarcho-Primitivism and the
Unabomber via Science-Fiction'
2009 - 2011

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Joanne Tatham
& Tom O'Sullivan
'An indirect exchange
of uncertain value'

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Pil & Galia Kollectiv
Altar to Capital
2012

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Lawrence Leaman
‘Old Ligature’
2012

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Lawrence Leaman
‘Joined up Face’
2012

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Lawrence Leaman
‘Forearm with Letters’
2012

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Lawrence Leaman
‘Motor Mouth’
2011

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Lawrence Leaman
‘Croissant Shoe’
2011

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Dean Kenning
Value: A Visualisation
2012

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David Burrows & Simon O’Sullivan
‘Plastique Fantastique Crystal Matheme’
2012

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John Russell
‘Jexus’
2012

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John Russell
‘Connector’
2012

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John Russell
‘(Untitled) Abstraction of labour
time/eternal recurrence/monad’
2012

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Reza Negarestani,
‘Sample Diagrams’
2012

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Benedict Drew
‘Lecture on Everything’
2012

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Aline Bouvy & John Gillis
‘Closed Associations’
2012

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Neil Chapman & Ola Stahl
Untitled
2010

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Peter Rockmount
‘Dalek Capability Test’
2011

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John Cussans & Roberto Peyre
‘ +HRdpN+)(BAHNBAMOOIRA+ ’
2012

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David Burrows, Tom Clark
& Simon O’Sullivan
‘Plastique Fantastique
Altar to the Pre-Modern’
2012

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