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spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer PLASTIQUE FANTASTIQUE MIRROR TRAVEL TO CONCRETE ISLAND:  WELCOME CUN-CREET-HEDD!

Welcome Cun-creet-hedd! involved a ‘re-staging’ of J. G. Ballard’s Concrete Island. A film of the performance was shown as part of the installation at Danielle Arnaud gallery London, itself part of the Multiverse show curated by Ole Hagen in June 2009. The following images are stills from the film.

Plastique Fantastique, for this performance, were Simon O’Sullivan and Samudradaka. David Burrows did the filming.

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1. Still speed: drive for one hour to a dead or isolated space or ruin with patch of tarmac or concrete (car park, abandoned building, traffic island, building site); crash or burn-out car.

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2. Blood, oil and water: make-up is applied to crash victim to mimic bruising; bandage is wrapped around victim's head and limbs and oil is poured over victim; victim drinks from hot radiator of car (as only source of water).

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3. Leave leg at the crash site: damaged body is marked out on tarmac or concrete.

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4. Limp: victim moves around crash site to find shelter on one leg.

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5. Call for help: victim chalks 'concrete to fast' on tarmac or concrete and chants inscription.

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6. 'I am the island': 'concrete to fast' is erased, while victim is not looking, cun-creet-head is chalked on tarmac or concrete; victim chants 'I am cun-creet-head'.

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7. Leave concrete time for cun-creet-time, 'Welcome cun-creet-head!': victim lays out mirrors at crash site to make mirror displacement; victim dances to explore mirror displacement.

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