Thursday 25th April 2019

I Heart Thursdays: The Vacuum Cleaner

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The next I Heart Thursdays event will be hosted by The Vacuum Cleaner, the international artist and activist James Leadbitter who addresses challenging and taboo issues such as consumerism and mental health through performance, installation and film.

When

Thursday 25th April 5:45 pm  —  7:30 pm

Where

Phoenix Plant Based Eatery

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Price

Free

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The Vacuum Cleaner is currently working with Heart of Glass to curate a special edition of TakeOver Festival for autumn this year focused on mental health and collective spaces – come along, say hello and find out more!

The Vacuum Cleaner will present a live film titled the Ship of Fools about a self-initiated anti-section action, residency and mental creative space that ran in May and June 2011 in Hackney, London. You can find The Vacuum Cleaner’s introduction to this work below.

This event is suitable for over 16s. Please note that this work contains distressing material including references to suicide. 

Phoenix Plant Based Eatery is wheelchair accessible.

This event is free. 

Doors and bar open at 5.45pm, the live film will start promptly at 6pm.

The Vacuum Cleaner introduces this work as follows:

“Anticipating a major decline in my mental health but wishing to avoid admission to an acute mental health hospital in May 2011 I opened my own Asylum, wrote my own mental health act and detained myself under its rules. During this period artists and non artists visited and I made work with these people but also on my own.”

Collaborator/Producer Sophie Nathan. Supported by Arts Council:

“The Ship of Fools is a creative, thoughtful and thought-provoking filmic meditation on suicidal states of mind. An intensely moving piece of work, it is at turns darkly humorous and shocking; made with an authenticity and a desire to think about how more effective society could be in supporting individuals in the throes of extreme states of mental distress.” Review in Disability Arts Online

Image credit: The Vacuum Cleaner

If you have any questions about this event, please contact: info@heartofglass.org.uk or call 01744 623290.

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