Stay up to date on Twitter, and catch NEWS FLASH FLASH FLASH here. We have an exciting line-up of public engagement and dissemination events such as Running-Creativity workshops, Running-Discourses, Performance-Lectures and Running-Tours, walks, cycle rides and other activities locally, nationally and internationally (while also going on epic expeditions in our head).
- From September 18: One-year residency at King’s College London’s MRC Social, Genetics and Developmental Psychiatry as Visiting Researcher and Artist in Residence under the new King’s Artists scheme. I will work on an interdisciplinary practice-related research project exploring mind-wandering with a tapestry art installation at its heart. The project is entitled We Sat On a Mat and Had a Chat and Made maps! #MagicCarpet #roamroamroam, and an Unlimited commission. Unlimited is a commissioning programme of ambitious art by disabled artists. Funded by Arts Council England, it is supported by Shape Arts and Arts Admin. My mentor is Professor of Molecular Psychiatry, Professor Philip Asherson. The work is an extension of my research since 2009 on running as a creative toolkit to think about the world around you, and my practice — since the beginning of time! — on the body and mind in motion and commotion. Read article on MiND the Gap, which is an EU-funded joint scientific blog of several multicenter projects on developmental psychiatry.
- Mid-September: New launch of #MagicCarpet: new team, new home, based back in the Big Smoke, new website. #buzzbuzzbuzz #stimstimstim. Watch this space.
- September 22: An early, framed edition of the drawing (Dys-)Service Cat(suit) aka Introducing the BBBBBCCCCCC aka the BREATHTAKINGLY BROBDINGNAGIAN BRITISH BLUE BATTLESHIP CATASTROPHICAL CATACLYSMIC CATALYSTIC CUSTOMISABLE COSMIC CAT(SUIT) will be displayed at the 7th Congress of the UK Adult ADHD Network (UKAAN), which takes place 21-23 September 2017. The final edition of the work is collected by Wellcome Images (Autumn 2016), while early versions have been shared at Whitworth (Manchester, March 2016) and Leeds College of Art (May-July 2016). The conference takes place at the Mermaid Conference and Events Centre and will welcome up to 600 delegates, including world-leading clinicians and researchers in ADHD, to in its main venue.
- October 5: Launch of Kings Artists scheme at Bush House, Kings College London. Kai and Professor Philip Asherson will talk about #MagicCarpet. By invitation only.
- October 24: #MagicCarpet Open Studio and panel discussion. Watch this space for details.
- November 3: Invited speaker with Professor Philip Asherson at PsychArt 2017. Venue: ORTUS learning and events centre, 82-96 Grove Lane, Camberwell London SE5 8SN. Tickets: £15-£30 (bursary applicable). Book at Eventbrite. PsychART is a national conference, supported by Royal College of Psychiatrists, that celebrates creativity, the arts and psychiatry. The conference provides an opportunity for attendees to hear about and take part in the exciting links between the worlds of mental health and the arts. Philip and Kai’s session is scheduled for 10:00-10:30am. Download Philip’s slideshow on mind wandering here.
- November: Invited artist, Singapore Open Media Art Festival in Seoul, Korea. Founded in 2015, Singapore Open Media Art Festival has held its fist three-night-long festival in Gillman Barracks in Singapore, a contemporary art hub for South East Asia. In January 2017, SOMAF organized a forum and a workshop in collaboration with LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore in order to create a site where artists, curators, writers and a philosopher discussed about the future of media art and culture. The third edition of SOMAF held in Seoul will invite artists from Singapore, which aims to introduce the Singapore art scene and its artists’ practices to the Korean audience. Other artists in this exhibition include: Sherman Ong, Teow Yue Han, Marcel Gaspar, Lim Shengen, Joo Choon Lin. The Curator is Urich Lau.
- December 5: UCL Institute of Advanced Studies Talking Points talk. Watch this space for details.
- Underway (accepted without corrections): Chapter in publication Temps, Art et Cartographie. Representer les populations et les territoires en mouvement. Roughly Time, Art and Cartography. Representations of populations and territories in motion.
- March: Unlimited main commission award (funded by Arts Council England and Creative Scotland) for 1.5 year practice-based research project, a tapestry-installation We sat on a mat and had a chat and made maps!, which celebrates mind-wandering and neurodiversity. 269 entries were sent in for 4 different categories; 60 were shortlisted and 24 were commissioned for nearly £1 million. Team: Philip Asherson, Professor of Molecular Psychiatry of Kings College London and President of UKAAN (mentor); Submit to Love Studios/Headway East London; Philip Tan/Philbeat; Michael Larsson/Ohsoweird; Alessandra Cianetti; Richard Wright. Kai was also on the judging panel for the international commission panel. Fellow panel members were from Arts Council England, Southbank Centre, Tramway and other organisations. Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that celebrates the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council England, and is delivered by Shape Arts and Artsadmin. It is a £2 million, three-year programme that is a legacy of the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad.
- March 21 2017 – February 2018: Non-stipendary Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London. Hosted by Dr Alan Latham, University College London.
- 3 May 13:15 – 14:30: UCL IAS Residential Seminar IAS Common Ground and Seminar Rooms, South Wing, UCL. Running Across Disciplines: with Dr Lucy Natarajan (Bartlett, planning) and Dr Alan Latham (Geography).
- April: An evaluation of RUN! RUN! RUN! Biennale #r3fest 2016 at the Inaugural Conference of Palgrave Mobilities studies entitled Mobilities, Literature and Culture Conference. Lancaster University, UK.
- April: Cultural Geographies (Sage Journals) article co-authored with geographer Dr Alan Latham on interdisciplinary collaboration examined through the RUN! RUN! RUN! International Festival of Running #r3fest 2014.
- May: Cianetti, Alessandra ed. 2016. “Kai Syng Tan (October 2016).” In Performing Borders: A Study Room Guide on Physical and Conceptual Borders within Live Art – Catalogue, 92–108. Live Art Development Agency Study Guide P3043. Live Art Development Agency.
- May 3 – July 1: Invited artist in group show Monologue Dialogue 4 (MD4) in London (The Koppel Project, 93 Baker Street), curated by Professor Andrew Stahl (UCL Slade School of Fine Art). Co-convenor of associated discussion on May 4.
- May: Cianetti, Alessandra, and Kai Syng Tan, eds. 2016. “Kai Syng Tan (October 2016).” In Performing Borders: A Study Room Guide on Physical and Conceptual Borders within Live Art – Catalogue, 92–108. Live Art Development Agency Study Guide P3043. Live Art Development Agency.
- June 15: Discussion, drinks and performance at The Koppel Project, hosted by Professor Andrew Stahl and Kai, with exhibiting artists of MD4 and friends from the British Council and ArtsAdmin. Click here for full programme.
- June 18-21: Nordic Geographer’s Meeting. Theme: Geographies of Inequalities. Sweden. Kai’s paper will be performed on 19 June.
- March: Kai served as panel member for the International Commissions panel at Unlimited Arts panel, a £2 million, three-year programme that is a legacy of the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad.