Next Monday the Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf Quays will be hosting an evening celebrating the production of ‘Twelve+’, a publication created by individuals affected by addiction and recovery. The event is free and open to all but you will need to book your place and you can do so here.
‘Twelve+’ are a series of local commissions run in conjunction with the multichannel video work ‘Twelve’ by Melanie Manchot. ‘Twelve’ explores the intimate stories, rituals, repetitions and ruptures of lives affected by and spent in addiction and recovery.
Over the last three years Manchot has worked in dialogue with twelve people in recent recovery from substance misuse, in rehabilitation communities in Liverpool, Oxford and London. Twelve is directly informed by their personal written and oral testimonies, creative conceptions and performances within the final works. Inspired by the visual acuity of renowned contemporary filmmakers, the work connects and collapses individual recollections in which everyday situations, events and activities are rendered dramatic or abstract, and infused with tragedy, pathos and humour.
On the night, Melanie Manchot will introduce and present the publication, followed by Dr. Aaron Pycroft, Senior Lecturer in Addiction Studies at the University of Portsmouth, who will be delivering a Pop-up University talk. He will look at the ways in which society over simplifies the complex problem of addiction and explore the need for creative solutions to what often appear to be intractable problems.
A timetable of proceedings:
18:00 – 18:30: Guests to convene with light refreshments provided
18:30 – 18:45: Introduction from Melanie Manchot
18:45 – 19:00: Readings from the Twelve+ group
19:00 – 19:15: Pop-up University. Dr Aaron Pycroft