The Chymical Wedding’ was a parade and ritual performed at Tate Britain, London, and included the showing of two films of previous Plastique Fantastique performances (‘What is a pre-industrial modern?’ (in gallery 9) and ‘24 hour puja for the people-yet-to come’ (in the South Gallery)).
The Chymical Wedding’ draws upon the custom of ‘mumming’. Traditionally, ‘mummers’ would wander the country, drunk and in masks, and gatecrash New Year festivities to perform a play. ‘The Chymical Wedding’ also draws upon the examples of Sascha Masoch and John Dee to enact a bodily transformation and a communion with angels through physical stimulation and ritual performance. The ritual summoned forth the ‘Third Thing’.