Dating, speed-dating, matchmaking are parts of my ongoing investigations through the interdisciplinary paradigm of productive antagonisms (Latham and Tan 2016), social and curatorial practice, the use of artistic/artful processes to catalyse (difficult) dialogues, and of course being playful and ill-disciplined (Tan and Asherson 2018). In a world of fear, walls, closed borders and minds and siloed/protectionist approaches, this is about conversation and collaboration, through valuing and celebrating differences and trespassing boundaries (cultural, geopolitical, disciplinary and more).
Extensive fieldwork proved that most dating apps suck. Thus, this is ‘Hinder’, my unintuitive dating app.
Speed dates are the perfect format for the short-attention spanned, novelty-chasing, risk-desiring, boredom-adverse, intellectually-promiscuous ADHD person. Thus, I curated this speed-dating event at the South London Gallery in June 2018.
This is a new performance-lecture created in June 2020. It will premiere on 7 July 2020 at Manchester School of Art. It was developed from a talk I gave at Live Art Developmental Agency Summer 2019, by invitation by ‘allies’.
Amid times of distress. we must give birth to hope. Let’s build new visions together and live happily ever after. Speed-date me. You will ask for more.
Seeking collaborators/sponsors: I aim to curate a residency-cum-collaboration programme that will lead to an exhibition asking, ‘What Could A Neurodiversity-led 2050 Look Like?’ I want to matchmake unlikely pairs of neurodiverse artists and designers with scientists and technologists, and choreograph ways for them to work collaboratively towards the co-creation of new pilots and prototypes of apps, objects or experiences.
Do you take risks? Why? Why not? What’s the greatest risks you have taken? Step forward, tell us. Go on – what’s the worst that can happen?