The definition of the word bedlam, now defined as chaos, has long since broken free of the shackles of its origins - London’s Bethlem Hospital, known variously as a priory, a brutal mad-house and a reputable psychiatric hospital.
Now, based on this etymology, the Lazarides Gallery is joining forces with The Old Vic Tunnels to explore work that is responsive to the theme of bedlam.
Gallery owner Steve Lazarides says, ‘Bedlam over the years has become synonymous with madness, chaos and pandemonium, it seemed like the perfect theme for a world gone mad. Be afraid.’
HTC, which is sponsoring the event and will provide a device uploaded with an audiobook tour, is teaming up with artist ATMA to create an installation featuring customised handsets.
Other contributors include Anthony Micallef, Artists Anonymous, Doug Foster and Lucy McLaughlan.
Bedlam takes place from 9-21 October at The Old Vic Tunnels, Station Approach Road, London SE1