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Ship of Fools

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Ship of Fools

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Nov 17 2023 20:30 - 21:30


Ship of Fools

the vacuum cleaner

"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.” the vacuum cleaner

“a creative, thoughtful and thought-provoking filmic meditation on suicidal states of mind.” Disability Arts Online

the vacuum cleaner is the name of a UK based artist and activist who makes candid, provocative and playful work.

the vacuum cleaner wants to find better ways to go mad. Drawing on his own experience of mental health disability, he works with groups including young people, health professionals and vulnerable adults to challenge how mental health is understood, treated and experienced.

With roots in activism and radical art, the vacuum cleaner has created one-man interventions and large-scale actions as well as performance, installation and film. His work has been shown in galleries, theatres, hospitals and schools and has appeared on streets and in public spaces internationally.

Recent commissions include: Manchester International Festival, Chisenhale Gallery and Wellcome Collection.

the vacuum cleaner is James. He works from his Margate studio with his dog, Doris.

He co-founded the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination 2004 – 09.

He received the Paul Hamlyn Breakthrough Fund 2018.

Content advice: References to anxiety, depression and suicide. Recommended age: 14+


ARK is an inclusive creative resource reflecting the diversity of Cliftonville.


Cliftonville Cultural Space, Albion Rd, CT9 2HP Margate


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