the vacuum cleaner & Hannah Hull



'It ain’t no bad thing to need a safe place to go mad. The problem is that a lot of psychiatric hospitals are more punishment than love… They need some Madlove… Is it possible to go mad in a positive way? How would you create a safe place in which to do so? If you designed your own asylum, what would it be like? It’s time to put the treat back into treatment!'

The vacuum cleaner is joining forces with artist Hannah Hull, and together they are inviting you to a workshop about mental health and the psychiatric institution of the future. How can we better understand the power relationships between patients and staff?

• KAOS (KunstAtelier Opperstraat) was founded in 2011 as an offshoot of the St-Alexius psychosocial centre in Elsene. Along with various artists, some of whom are psychologically vulnerable, the organization presents exhibitions, concerts, publications, lectures, etc. KAOS was a guest at the Kaaitheater in 2016 with an exhibition in the foyer.


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Is there a connection between creative sensibility and psychiatric vulnerability? Are fruitful minds also fragile minds? Psychiatrist Erik Thys gives a keynote lecture, after which he will debate with the vacuum cleaner and Hannah Hull (MadLove) and Inne Goris (Huis).