Database Addiction, Table of Tables (2015-16)


How does language confine us to a limited list of stereotypes or symptoms? How are relations between health workers and people who use addiction services defined by database systems? Table of Tables is an installation from an Addictions Centre meeting room in Lambeth, and graphically represents these questions. It encourages staff to consider the leap between the system’s idea of a ‘service-user,’ and the human needs of individuals.

Database Addiction is an art research collaboration by YoHa and Dr Luke Mitcheson with Jean Demars, Stephen Fortune and Mark Kauri. Produced by Anila Ladwa. The project team assisted by Samantha Penn and Juan Pablo de la Vega worked with South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Lambeth Addictions Consortium in Brixton. Supported by a Critical Friends Group convened by evaluator Dr Alison Rooke and funded by Wellcome.

Courtesy of the artists YoHa (Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji) and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM)

Also on display is YoHa's Database Addiction 2.0, Reading Room (2016-17)


About Database Addiction 2.0

YoHa’s DA2.0 Reading Room together with the Table of Tables looks at different ways we construct knowledge about addiction, people living with addiction and potential routes to recovery. Please feel free to use the reading room and browse archival materials contributed by service users of Lorraine Hewitt House, the peer-to-peer led Aurora Project, the Harbour, Lambeth Recovery Service User network and materials included at the invitation of the research team.


About the contributor(s) 

Artist group YoHa, a partnership between artists Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji, use art as a critical tool for investigating technical objects (like databases), and revealing their embedded power structures.