Friday Late: the recovery rollercoaster

Look on me and be renewed, pattern 4 © Mark King
Date 
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 18:30 to 22:00
Location 
Science Gallery London - across the whole building
Price 
Free, drop in

Take a journey through the highs and lows of addiction and recovery in an exhilarating evening bringing together artists, performers, King’s researchers and people in recovery.

Find out how the Addictions Department at King's is helping to stop overdoses; try out the alternative treatment auricular acupuncture; and hear from workers at Oakhill Secure Training centre about becoming trapped in the drugs economy. Plus there will be DJs and pop-up performances throughout the night, that will keep you coming back for more.

Friday Lates at Science Gallery London are a chance to explore the gallery after hours, enjoy a drink and bite to eat, and discover talks, workshops, performances and music brought to you by inspiring artists and researchers.

 

FULL PROGRAMME

 

TALKS & SCREENINGS
 

CANNABIS: CAN IT EVER BE SAFE?
19:15 – 19:45 - Theatre

Is it possible to reduce the risks of smoking weed, without taking away any of the pleasure? Join King’s researcher Amir Englund to find out how his research into the chemical components of cannabis might hold the answer.

ESCAPOLOGY: THE ART OF ADDICTION
20:30 - 21:00 - Studio

A screening of Alex Widdowson’s short animation, followed by a Q&A with Nick Mercer, a psychologist and addictions counsellor who is in recovery and features in the film.

DRUGS ECONOMY: WINNERS AND LOSERS
20:15 - 21:00 - Theatre

Drawing parallels between repeating cycles of addiction and repeat offences by people involved in dealing, Claire Stuttard from Oakhill Secure Training Centre and others discuss the winners and losers in our society hooked on drugs.

UP ON THE HORSE AGAIN
21:00 - 21:45 - Studio
A documentary film by artist Savas Boyraz and medical anthropologist Rita Agdal following two farms in Norway, where horses are helping people struggling with alcohol and drug problems. 

 

ACTIVITIES

HOOKED ON HEROIN
18:30 – 22:00 - Atrium

Experience the science behind a heroin overdose and find out how research being done by the Addictions Department at King’s is helping to prevent them. Don’t forget to catch your breath afterwards.

LOOK ON ME AND BE RENEWED
18:30 - 22:00 - Atrium

Explore how patterns in the environment affect our moods, behaviour and thinking in this workshop inspired by the work of HOOKED contributor Mark King, led by artist Abigail Hunt and people in recovery from Turning Point.

AURICULAR ACUPUNCTURE
18:30 - 20:30 - Studio

The ancient Chinese therapy that involves sticking of needles in the ear is used to help people cope with drug and alcohol withdrawal. Give it a go and discuss the benefits with Clare Cowey and Amy Kirkland, who practice it with young offenders.

PLEASURES AND PRESSURES OF SMARTPHONES
18:30 – 22:00 - Ground Floor

Capture the joys and pains of living with your smartphone by contributing to this collaborative instant photography installation, led by King’s researcher Dr Zeena Feldman.


PERFORMANCES

POP-UP POETRY
18.30 – 20:30, at regular intervals - Ground Floor

The winners of our HOOKED poetry slam, Mr Gee, BABY BESSO and WordPlay return to share stories of obsessions, compulsions and overcoming forces greater than themselves.

PLAY AND REPEAT
18:30 – 20:30, at regular intervals - Ground Floor

Violinist and loop-pedal artist Rebekah Reid charts the cyclical nature of addiction and recovery through a series of part-improvised performances. 

 

MUSIC

DJ SETS
20:00 - 22:00 - Ground Floor

DJs will be spinning tunes throughout the evening to keep you returning for more.
 

Please note that the building will close at 5pm ahead of the doors opening for the Late. 

Image credits: Look on me and be renewed, pattern 4 © Mark King