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The Metropolitan Police call him a domestic extremist. The NHS labelled him schizophrenic. He prefers the term mental.

Please note: the Friday evening performance is now fully booked.

For ten years, artist activist The Vacuum Cleaner has been outlaw and inpatient. Mental is an autobiographical performance told through psychiatric records, police intelligence files and corporate injunctions all obtained through the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts. Vacuum Cleaner is an art and activism collective of one. He uses legal and illegal tactics to playfully disrupt and brandalise concentrations of power.

“One of the most significant artists working in the UK today.” Live Art Development Agency


Meet at Arnolfini at 9.30pm. The performance takes place in a Bristol Bedroom and consequently has restricted accessibility – please contact Arnolfini Box Office for further advice. All bookers will be emailed information about the location of this performance prior to the event. Please supply your email address when booking.

This show is not suitable for under 16s.

IBT13 is produced by In Between Time in collaboration with Arnolfini, and your details after booking will be held by both organisations in order for us to contact you with essential information relating to your booking.