How do the environments in which we live affect our mental health and behaviours?
Look on me and be renewed by Mark King is a new artwork that was created in collaboration with John Marsden, a Professor of Addiction Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, and Changing 7, a group of people with lived experience and recovery from substance use.
Together the group photographed the London Bridge area, and explored how visual prompts from our surroundings are connected to the behavioural patterns and rhythms that govern or determine our decisions and experiences. The photographs became the basis for the creation of new patterns for a site specific artwork at Science Gallery London by Mark.
Join Mark King, John Marsden and HOOKED Curator Hannah Redler Hawes for a conversation about Look on me and be renewed, and some of the questions it raises:
How are people in recovery from addiction affected by environmental triggers? And do stimulus-rich urban environments have a negative impact on the recovery journey?
Please note doors open at 14:45pm
This event is part of HOOKED, our season about addiction and recovery. Find out more here.
Mark King is a Barbadian interdisciplinary visual artist whose work encompasses photography, installation, textile surface design and public art. He is inspired chiefly by behavioural psychology, technology, and neuroscience. His artwork seeks to bring awareness to the interplay between the built environment and the human mind through pattern and the coding of an ever-evolving visual lexicon.
Mark was commissioned to produce a new artwork for the HOOKED exhibition.
John Marsden is Professor of Addiction Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London. He is a senior member of the National Addiction Centre, has an honorary appointment at South London & Maudsley Mental Health Foundation Trust (SLaMHFT), and is a Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the academic journal ADDICTION. John is a clinical research psychologist and cognitive behavioural psychotherapist with a special interest in experimental psychological therapies and research on psychological disorders and healthcare treatment systems.
Hannah Redler-Hawes, Curator of the HOOKED Exhibition, is an independent Curator specialising in emerging artistic practice within the fields of art and science and technology. Her current research is around addiction, open data, networked culture and new forms of programming beyond the gallery. Hannah has developed projects for Open Data Institute, Tate Modern, Natural History Museum, FACT Liverpool, the Digital Catapult and the Institute of Physics. Between 1998 and 2014 Hannah founded and directed the Science Museum Arts Programme where she established the Contemporary Art Collection for the Science Museum Group.
The artwork Look on me and be renewed by Mark King was created in collaboration with John Marsden, Professor of Addiction Psychology, King’s College London and Changing 7.
It was co-commissioned by UP Projects and Science Gallery London, supported by Turning Point and Lorraine Hewitt House, and funded by Wellcome.
Image credit: Look on me and be renewed, pattern 3 of 6 (2018) © Mark King