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Posts Tagged ‘Ship of Fools’

A Review of Mental by The Vacuum Cleaner

The latest performance from the Vacuum Cleaner (in conjunction with Arts Admin) bravely explores his mental health issues, all from his very own bedroom.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Vacuum Cleaner - Mental by Jenny Robins

Vacuum Cleaner - Mental by Jenny Robins.

I have known James the 'Vacuum Cleaner' for many years through activism, and have always admired his openness about his 'mental' condition - but I've never been a close enough friend to delve any deeper. For his solo performance piece, Mental, James candidly invites viewers into his home, into his bedroom and finally into his bed, where we are invited to snuggle up under his oversized pristine white duvet as James sets about unravelling the 14 years of data that has accumulated since he was first described as having a Borderline Personality Disorder by the NHS. Against the spotless white walls he projects highlighted sections of hospital notes and photos of a squalid bedsit and impersonal hospital room. Indeterminate comments from confused doctors are mixed in with police Forward Intelligence Team notes, until finally the extreme… read more

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Pick Me Up Contemporary Graphic Art Fair 2012: Review

Wonderful work from a huge array of galleries, collectives, online shops and many more. Here's my pick of artwork to buy at this year's Pick Me Up London.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Following on from my review of the newcomers in Pick Me Up Selects section it’s time to take a look at the rest of the exhibitors at this year’s fair. […]