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Setting The River On Fire: the moral dimension to exposing psychiatric records

John O’Donoghue discusses the ethics of Setting The River On Fire - a biography of American poet Robert Lowell by Kay Redfield Jamison – whose autobiography An Unquiet Mind, first published by Random House in 1995, tells her own story of the life of a Professor of Psychiatry beset by Manic ...

Am image of a sculptural plan consisting of various red triangular shapes around a formed blue series of forms. A turquoise river threads through the piece across a blue city construct

Wellcome Collection: Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond

Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond at the Wellcome Collection attempts to follow the rise and fall of the mental asylum and explore how it has shaped the complex landscape of mental health today. John O’Donoghue discusses the exhibits that resonated with his personal experience, whilst considering the exhibition as a ...

portrait photo of James Leadbitter looking straight at the camera, wearing sunglasses and a grey t-shirt that says "I went mental and all I got was this lousy t-shirt"

Unlimited 2014: the vacuum cleaner: Madlove

James Leadbitter aka the vacuum cleaner has been asking people how they would design a safe place to go mad, in a series of 3 hour workshops in the Royal Festival Hall. What would the ideal mental hospital be like? John O'Donoghue went to find out about the blueprint for ...

A surreal black and white collage photograph featuring two figures, one has an object in fron of their face and a top hat, the other is placing their hand on their face.

Unlimited 2014: Aidan Moesby and Pum Dunbar: Fragmenting The Code(x)

Fragmenting The Code(x) is a collaboration between two artists, part of a raft of a Unlimited Research and Development Project. John O’Donoghue talks to Aidan Moesby about the analysis of language at the basis of this site-specific work. When Aidan Moesby heard about the latest round of Unlimited he did what ...

photo of a large black bin on a pavement in a busy London street at night - with the word 'LOONY' spelt across it in yellow

Unlimited 2014: James Leadbitter aka the vacuum cleaner on Madlove

James Leadbitter aka the vacuum cleaner, received an Unlimited research and development award for Madlove - a project which asks those with and without mental illness to collaborate in designing a ‘safe place to go mad’. John O’Donoghue talks to the artist about his idea to get people to participate ...