Dismantling Maslow’s Pyramid: The Needs Machine

Saturday 5th May

1-5pm at Bethlem Gallery

With Laura Palmer, Ed Thornton and Tim A Shaw

Free and open to all – no booking needed

Understanding human need is particularly relevant task for modern times. Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ is the dominant theoretical model referenced in social policy, pedagogy, advertising and clinical practice and remains largely unchallenged.

On Saturday 5th May, 1-5pm, Laura Palmer, a psychology researcher, Edward Thornton, a philosopher, and Tim A. Shaw, a multi-media artist, will be hosting an open event based upon the ‘Needs Machine’. The Needs Machine refers to a series of public experiments that have playfully and meaningfully prodded at elements of Maslow’s theory, while responding to the needs of those interacting with it along the way.

Join us on Saturday to see the machine in action and to reflect upon the concept of need via poetry workshop and creating our own sculptures from the machine.


Programme of the day:

1:00-2:00 – The Needs Machine – a performance and discussion


2:00-2:45 – ‘You don’t know what I need’ – A poetry workshop (with Ed Thornton)

2:45-3:15 – Break (with free refreshments)
3:15-4:45 – Dismantling the pyramid and creating ‘Needs’ sculptures (with Tim A. Shaw)

Looking forward to seeing you!

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More information on The Needs Machine can be found here.