out of our heads


Alice Anderson |Emi Avora | Paul Benney | David Birkin | Jessica Bugg | Jonas Burgert | Mat Chivers | Mat Collishaw | Shezad Dawood | Doug Foster | Paul Fryer| Susan Hiller | Hans Kotter |Adeline de Monseignat |Numen/For Use| Tim Shaw | Jason Shulman | Agnes Treplin | Pink Twins | Ben Tyers | Jarno Vesala | Hugo Wilson | Hattie Worboys |Patrick Eakin Young

Conceived and Directed by Vassiliki Tzanakou and Curated by James Putnam & Vassiliki Tzanakou, Out Of Our Heads project will explore hallucinations – one of the most fascinating human phenomena that have often been a source of inspiration for dynamic works of art.

Out Of Our Heads project will feature a visual arts exhibition with works of established and emerging artists in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance art. Artists, scientists and curators have combined their knowledge and skills to question human perception, illusions and hallucinations and challenge belief systems. The artists’ work will attempt to excite the human senses, while the scientists will provide us with the up to date scientific knowledge. Alongside the exhibition a series of talks, film screenings, workshops, performances and events will cover themes of perception, illusions, hallucinations and mental health in order to engage the public in a diverse dialogue about hallucinations and mental health and challenge the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses.

Installed in the dark at evocative, labyrinthine space of the Shoreditch Town Hall basement Out Of Our Heads will further challenge the spectator’s perception and attempt to trigger an intense awareness of the self and mind.


Prof David Nutt (Psychiatrist and Neuropsychopharmacologist) | Dr. David O’ Flynn (Psychiatrist) | Dr Dominic ffytche (Psychiatrist) | Prof Fiona MacPherson (Philosopher) | Prof Jill Peay (Lawyer) | Prof John Foot (Historian) | Dr Konstantinos Moutoussis (Neuroscientist)

Exhibition runs from 13-29th June 2014, 10am – 6pm daily @ the Shoreditch Town Hall. Private View 13th June, 6pm – 9pm.

10% of the proceeds will go to buy art supplies for the creative therapy departments of mental health institutions



Out Of Our Heads would like to thank all of the contributing artists; the artists’ supportive studio staff and galleries; all of the contributing scientists: Prof David Nutt (Psychiatrist and Neuropsychopharmacologist), Dr David O’ Flynn (Psychiatrist), Dr Dominic ffytche (Psychiatrist), Prof Fiona MacPherson (Philosopher), Prof Jill Peay (Lawyer), Prof John Foot (Historian), Dr Konstantinos Moutoussis (Neuroscientist), Prof Semir Zeki (Neurobiologist); our consultants who have kindly given us their precious time and advice; the sponsors and friends who have provided us with their invaluable financial support and services – without their support and understanding, this project would not have been possible; and every single individual who embraced this project.

Other individuals we’d like to especially thank (alphabetical order) :

Alison Duthie | Alison Green | Aretha Campbell | Benjamin Whyman | Bronya Arciszewska | Prof Charlotte Hodes | MP Charles Walker | Claire Swift |Eiko Honda |Elaine Snell| Emily Mann | Prof Frances Corner, OBE| Graham Southern | Grant O’Brien | Ian Wilmot | Jo Windsor | Jo Crocker | Julia Royse | Laura Thornley| Laetitia Fain | Lindsey Douglas| Mary Moore |Peter Taylor |Phoebe Antoniw |Polly Wright | Stephen Fry | Stuart Semple |Vasilis Asimakopoulos| Viktor Wynd



Conceived & DirectedCurators  
Vassiliki TzanakouJames Putnam   
 Vassiliki Tzanakou  
Web DesignScientific AdvisorsExhibition Production, LCF 
Sidd DanisDr Dominic ffytcheSteven Legget 
Omar BoomDr Anastasia Sylaidi  
Graphic DesignIn-Situ Assistants’ ManagerPA to James Putnam, LCF Costume Desingers
Francesca PrizzonPolly WrightLauren JonesClare Mcgarrigle – Macbeth
   Myrto Sarma – Dancerbation
Video Direction & VisualsIn-Situ Assistants LightingPerformers Dancerbation
Matthew Maria DaviesNinon ArdissonPaul MeanAnastasia Freygang
 Viviana Baptista Gina Bramhill
Video Sound MixingMiriam Barosco Jamila Johnson-Small
Nick ParavatosSarah Boulton Mahab Kazmi
 Marta Cacciavillani Masumi Saito
Twitter Account Manager Kingsley Cardi Mildred Rambaud
Haley RossGiulia Sartori Conte Nena Zinovief
 Christopher Eperjesi Yin Neurotic
 Louise Neervoort  
 Hannah Quinn Performers Macbeth
 Isabelle Utzinger Caterina Pernao
 Charlotte Ward Eva Escrich Gonzales
 Aniera Williams Olivia Thynne