Tag: ADHD

AD: It is not an attention deficit, but Attention SURFEIT, because everything is interesting, and I am curious about everything. H: I am Hyperactive by nature and design, in my body and mind. I refuse to stay still or stay in my/one place. D: I am tentacular, disordering and re-ordering the world around me, collaging, bricolaging, juxtaposing, mixing and mis-matching. Before I knew about (my) ADHD (and dyslexia and dyspraxia) in 2015, this restlessness has been, and remains, existential, political, personal, professional. It’s my creative strategy.

INNOVATION/INTERVENTION: Systemic inequity, Autonomy, ADHD and HM Prison Service

Of my involvement in this £1,397,685 NIHR project: ‘Kai visited HMP YOI Isis during the trial to understand the prison environment and what might motivate participants to engage in the trial. Following this, Kai generated images that emphasised choice, control, autonomy, self-care, self-respect, and, at the same time, was mindful of the stigma attached to ADHD.’

Love letter

The following was my ‘Lockdown Diary’ entry for the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre upon my final week there as its Visiting Fellow and first Artist in…

What could a neurodiversity-led 2050 look like? Re-run at Reading University 20’57”

This is a recording of a performance lecture I delivered on 6 August 2020 for University of Reading, a repeat of a keynote-lecture that premiered for Royal Society of Arts on 9 July 2020 which was attended by up to 130 people.

ART + (IM)MOBILITY + BORDERS

I am hyperactive by nature and design. This restlessness is existential, political, neurological, personal, professional.

New Thinking, New Making 05’11”

This was an interview with Winkball Media during the exhibition King’s Artists – New Thinking, New Making (October – December 2018), London, UK.

AFFILIATIONS

I am (co-)founder, (co-)leader, trustee, consultant, co-leader or member of 20 national and international networks and organisations in research, arts, health, and human rights.

GUARDIAN + MORE

My work has been widely covered by mainstream printed media in UK, Tokyo, Singapore since 1992. Here are a few recent examples.

How ‘lofty’ art can help the medical world reimagine mental health

Article in The Conversation 2018 (10.6m subscribers) which was read 2000 times in the first 2 days. Using #MagicCarpet as an example, it introduced the notion of being ‘ill-disciplined’ (Tan & Asherson 2018).

Unreasonable Adjustments

Unreasonable Adjustments outlines the compromises I have to make to fit the neuronormative world. It premiered at Southbank Centre. Tour: 5th International European Network for Hyperkinetic Disorders Conference, Edinburgh and 4th National Conference SOS Dyslexia, San Marino.

UK Adult ADHD Network

04/2020: As UKAAN Creative and Cultural Consultant, I put together a few creative resources for mental health professionals and service users.

EU-funded film with 50K views (03/2022): Shine a light 11’15”

EU-funded film on ADHD that was viewed 17,000 within first month.