ROMAN VASSEUR, Cursed Commission - installed at the Institute of Psychplasmics, Pumphouse Gallery, London, 2008.
ROMAN VASSEUR, Cursed Commission - installed at the Institute of Psychplasmics, Pumphouse Gallery, London, 2008.
ROMAN VASSEUR, Cursed Commission - installed at the Institute of Psychplasmics. Work installed on upper level: Amanda Beech and Diann Bauer
ROMAN VASSEUR, Cursed Commission - installed at the Institute of Psychplasmics. Suspended work: Diann Bauer
ROMAN VASSEUR, Cursed Commission - installed at the Institute of Psychplasmics. Video work: Amanda Beech

A bequest from the St. George's Estate to it's Local Authority. A unilateral community action.

Installed at the Institute of Psychoplasmics.

Inscription:
KNOW OUR POWER. WE ARE JOY BEFORE DEATH. ST. GEORGE'S ESTATE, SHADWELL


Dimensions: 400 x 400 cm
Acrylic paint on ten ply board sections.

 

The Institute of Psychoplasmics is an exhibition concerned with 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.

Featuring: 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 top two floors of the lofty Pump House interior – housing Roman Vasseur's epic Cursed Commission (The Shadwell Bequest) (2006), Amanda Beech's We Never Close (2008) and Diann Bauer's The Insolvency of the Goldwoods Estate  (2008) – work well as an installation in their own right. Bauer's trademark tumescent, swollen, seeping characters leak all over wooden maquettes of 'newbuild' tower blocks suspended from the ceiling, providing the perfect thought-bubble for Vasseur's sacrificial mural depicting the slaying of a 'community' artist. Along with Beech's simmering, incessant and dismembered MTV-style promo, we approach something resembling an appropriately unnerving environment.

Alisdair Hopwood - Art Review, June 2008