Hooked, an exhibition about addiction at Science Gallery in London

The new Science Gallery London at King’s College’s Guy’s campus opened its doors the 21th of September with Hooked, a multidisciplinary exhibit examining issues of addiction and recovery. Hooked analyses addiction as a fundamental risk of being a modern human and the addictive nature of new technology and social media. Leading voices on the science of addiction from King’s College London, including researchers from the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience (IoPPN), are featured into video installations, interactive artworks and immersive experiences. Visitors are asked to challenge the stigmas associated with addiction, consider addiction as a health issue and explore the different roads leading to recovery.    

Developed in association with people who have a lived experience of addiction, Hooked features established and up-and-coming artists and photographers from across the globe, including Rachel Maclean’s Feed Me, photographs from Olivia Locher’s Another Day on Earth series, Richard Billingham’s Tony Smoking Backwards, PlayStation and Jason Chopping, Melanie Manchot’s Twelve and Joachim Koester’s The Hashish Club.

“Addiction and recovery is a pressing issue that affects us all,” said Head of Programming Jen Wong “HOOKED explores this in an inclusive and socially engaged way, by weaving insights from art and science into a season that invites visitors to connect with provocative new ideas and consider their own attitudes towards addiction and addictive behaviors.”

“Hooked explores the issue of addiction in an engaging way, by weaving insights from art and science into a season that invites visitors to connect with provocative new ideas and consider their own attitudes towards addiction and addictive behaviors.”

HOOKED will run at the Science Gallery London from September 21 to January 6, 2019. For more information, visit london.sciencegallery.com