The Institute of Pyschoplasmics

2008

Published by:
Pump House Gallery

ISBN: 978-0-9544674-1-9

Hardcover
245mm x 170mm
112pp

Kollectiv

Volume Contributors:
Pil and Galia Kollectiv (Editors) Contributions from Suhail Malik, Amanda Beech, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Gilad Elbom, Tom McCarthy, Emily McMehen, Travis Jeppesen, and including the works of a.a.s. Insectoid, Diann Bauer, Amanda Beech, Mikko Canini, Seth Coston, Rod Dickinson, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Tai Shani, Francis Upritchard, Roman Vasseur.

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. It takes its name from the eponymous fictional institute in David Cronenberg’s 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 of the body politic as a metaphor for the social body, through videos,   paintings, sculptures, sound and object-based installations, live work, a discussion panel and a publication.