MADLOVE

Madlove “aims to build the most crazy, bonkers, mental asylum we dare dream of: a desirable and playful space to ‘go mad’, countering the popular myth that mental illness is dangerous and scary. This temporary structure will be a reflexive and responsive space for exploring and redesigning madness.” the vacuum cleaner

View of the 'Designer Asylum' via the 'Madlove Oasis' activity space

HEALTH / INSTALLATION / EXHIBITION / COMMUNITY 

Part of the 'Group Therapy' Exhibition / FACT / Liverpool / 2015

A bold new exploration of design for mental health care environments, Madlove is a new project by artist the vacuum cleaner in collaboration with Hannah Hull. PROJECTS OFFICE together with Royal College of Art researcher Benjamin Koslowski have developed a beta version of the project: An installation at FACT in Liverpool of bold beautiful structures translated from the responses given at the programme's workshops and gatherings that have been happening around the country.

The installation allows for the testing and development of the project through live engagement with the diverse range of people that have been involved as well as the wider public. Each structure is an abstracted embodiment of the spatial qualities discussed in the Madlove workshops and together they offer a spectrum of privacy and intimacy levels ranging from isolated to communal.

Inside the 'Cooling Tower'

Inside the 'Cooling Tower'

The 'Turkish Delight'

The 'Turkish Delight'

'Staircase to Nowhere'

'Staircase to Nowhere'

The space hosted a series of activities and workshops from March to May 2015

The space hosted a series of activities and workshops from March to May 2015

Artist James Leadbitter - 'the vacuum cleaner' discusses the Madlove project in this BBC News feature