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Friday Late Spectacular: In Pursuit of Pain

Friday late

Drop in

This event includes British Sign Language provision.

Friday 1 July 2016


Pain: mysterious, terrifying, desirable.

The enemy within, a friendly warning, all in the mind and burning through every fibre. We hate it, we love it, we're fascinated by it. Join us for a dark and daring journey into the pursuit of pain: for science, for pleasure, for progress for art and for agency.

Tonight we venture up close to pain. Be prepared to follow it through the throb, ache and discomfort, defying language.

This is a special late-night event with a bar running all night.

Adult content will feature at this event, including nudity and strong images.

This event is FREE. 

Download the full programme:


Tickets for the three talks are now fully booked. 

Drop in activities  

For the rest of the programme, drop in any time but please note the building might be busy and space is limited. Entry is not guaranteed.

  • Watch close up as tattooist Ant the Elder adorns the bodies of willing subjects

  • Experiment with the burn of chilli in a cocktail from Blanch & Shock

  • Test out wearable devices and sensory illusions that manipulate how we experience our bodies

  • Face off in a game of stealth and exuberance, played with heart rate monitors

  • Experience visceral performances exploring pain by Bean, Martin O’Brien and Ira Brand

  • Try out an ice-cold pain test

  • How do we explain pain to a doctor? See how we can visualise different types of pain

Full list of activities and contributors

All pre-booked talks (now fully booked) will be British Sign Language interpreted. To book a place with a view of the interpreter or if you have any special requests or requirements, please email access@wellcomecollection.org or call us on 020 7611 2222.

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