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the vacuum cleaner

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the vacuum cleaner is an art and activism collective of one. the vacuum cleaner employ various creative legal and illegal tactics and forms, attempting to mock, brandalise and disrupt concentrations of power.

the vacuum cleaner’s work has been exhibited throughout the UK, including commissions from Tate Modern, ICA, Fierce Festival, the Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow, and the Liverpool Biennial.  Internationally they have presented work at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) Wooster Collective (USA) Anti Festival (Finland) Centre d’Art Contemporain (Switzerland) Hebbel-Am-Ufer, Tanz Tendez (Germany) Khoj Live 08 (India). As well as commissioned works for BBC4, Channel 4 and Arte.

the vacuum cleaner is an Artsadmin Associate Artist and a co-founder of the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (2004 − 2009).

Date Title Venue City
7–9 March 2019 Mental Battersea Arts Centre London
26–27 November 2018 Mental Schwankhalle Breman
26–27 October 2018 Mental Schwankhalle Bremen
12–29 October 2018 In Chains Bebas Batas Festival, National Gallery of Indonesia Jakarta
20–21 September 2018 Mental Grenzenlos Kultur Mainz
7–11 September 2018 The art of a culture of hope Short Theatre Rome
26 June 2018 Last Night Art Saved My Life Live Art Development Agency London
3–15 June 2018 the art of a culture of hope: Archive of Hope and Fear Gessnerallee Zurich
25 April 2018 the art of a culture of hope Théâtre Vidy Lausanne
22–24 February 2018 Mental Kaaitheater Brussels
21–25 November 2017 the art of a culture of hope Vooruit, Dr Guislain Hospital Ghent
7–11 November 2017 the art of a culture of hope No Limits Festival, HAU Berlin
28–30 September 2017 The Art of a Culture of Hope Steirischer Herbst Graz
8 September 2017 the art of a culture of hope HOMO NOVUS Riga
10–14 August 2017 The Art of a Culture of Hope: A Sharing Far Festival Nyon
15–17 June 2017 The Art of a Culture of Hope B-Sides Festival Lucerne
2 June 2017 The Art of a Culture of Hope Roxy Theater Basel
11–13 May 2017 Mental Frascati Amsterdam
10 May 2017 The Art of a Culture of Hope Gessnerallee Zurich
15 September 2016 Madlove: A Designer Asylum Wellcome Collection London
5–7 May 2016 Mental Vooruit Gent
28–29 April 2016 Mental Vårscenefest Tromsø
14–15 April 2016 Mental Theatre de l'Usine Geneva
17–20 March 2016 Mental Teatro Maria Mator Lisbon
7–8 May 2015 Mental Contact Theatre Manchester
10 April – 31 July 2015 Ship of Fools Documentation DADA Fest Grand Rapids
5 March – 17 May 2015 Madlove - A Designer Asylum - Beta Version FACT Liverpool
28–30 January 2015 Mental Gessnerallee Zurich
26 January 2015 Madlove - A Designer Asylum - Design Workshop Zurich
21–22 November 2014 Mental Südpol Kriens
14 November 2014 Madlove - A Designer Asylum Workshop Newcastle and Gateshead Art Studio (NAGAS) Newcastle
13 November 2014 Madlove - A Designer Asylum Workshop Nottingham Contemporary Nottingham
8 November 2014 Ship of Fools DaDa Fest: Art of the Lived Experiment Liverpool
6 November 2014 Madlove - A Designer Asylum Workshop Fact Centre Liverpool
5 November 2014 Madlove - A Designer Asylum Workshop St Helens Central Library St Helens
24 October 2014 Madlove Social Toynbee Studios
14–15 October 2014 The Assessment The Arches Glasgow
7–24 August 2014 Mental The Bedroom - Pleasance pop-up Edinburgh
17 June 2014 The Assessment Anxiety Festival London
17–19 May 2014 Mental Mayfest Bristol
26 February 2014 Mental Colchester Arts Centre Colchester
8–9 November 2013 Mental Cooper House Manchester
3–5 October 2013 Mental Tramway 1 Glasgow
3–7 September 2013 Mental Homo Novus Riga
16 March 2013 Mental The Basement Brighton
5 March 2013 I went Mental and all I got was this lousy T-shirt Nottingham Contemporary Nottingham
4 March 2013 I went Mental and all I got was this lousy T-shirt Toynbee Studios
14–16 February 2013 Mental In Between Time Bristol Avon
11–13 October 2012 Mental (a work in progress) London
2 April 2012 Metropolitan Lice on Channel Four Random Acts
18 September 2010 Pleasure Hunt
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