The Chymical Wedding

O'Sullivan, Simon D. and Burrows, David. 2008. The Chymical Wedding. In: "The Chymical Wedding", Tate Britain, London, 4 January 2008. [Show/Exhibition]

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Creators: O'Sullivan, Simon D. and Burrows, David
Tate Britain, LondonUnited Kingdom
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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’.

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Departments, Centres and Research Units: Visual Cultures
Research Office > REF2014
Date range: 4 January 2008
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Tate Britain, LondonUNSPECIFIED
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Event Location: Tate Britain, London
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1 hourDuration
Item ID: 4191
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2011 13:13
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 14:26


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