I am a UK-based Artist, Curator, Consultant, Academic, HyperActive Running-Messenger, Atypical Octopussy and Exceptionally Talented Mind-Full BusyBody Extraordinaire. All roles are messily/magically entangled in an interdependent nexus: my curatorial practice and research are extensions of my collage/bricolage/multi-disciplinary approach in my solo practice; my curating, teaching and conceptual framing of leadership draw on (my) socially-engaged art and artistic intervention, and so on. My tentacles are everywhere, and mobilise everything and anything: my body, mind, the bodies and minds of other people, money, power, the city, images, moving images, words, concepts, other people’s concepts and more. Read here on how the octopus’s unique setup of three hearts and 9 minds have driven what I do https://srheblog.com/2022/11/16/using-tentacular-pedagogy-to-change-the-he-culture/
Since 2018 I have been an invited Visiting Lecturer to teach on two MSc programmes: St Georges University London & Birkbeck: Global Health Humanities MSc, and King’s College London (KCL): Affective Disorder MSc.
This op-ed for The Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE, 16 Nov 2022) outlines an inclusive and heuristic (co-) creative teaching/learning praxis that I term ‘tentacular pedagogy’ (TP), that aims to make creative arts in Higher Education more inclusive and socially-engaged, and for CA-HE to play a more (pro-)active leadership role within HE and beyond in nurturing a more creative and compassionate future, amid the perma- and omni-crises within UK HE and beyond.
Introducing the Ill-Disciplined Hyperactive Productive Antagonist Octopussy Dr Kai Syng Tan FRSA SFHEA.
My new, not very good article ‘The Artful Agile Atypical Octopussy’ is live in the peer-reviewed Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts, On (Un)Knowns, 03 March 2022. This was one of 30 selected articles out of 160 proposals, and one of two that are in full colour.
My human-beast chimera performs a novel, embodied interdisciplinary mode of knowledge exchange and creation.
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.
Since 2019, I have been thinking about ‘Artful Leadership’: thinking, making, organising and being in ways that are artful, agile and atypical. This is about leading within, as well as beyond the arts/cultural realms, by which I refer to being embedded within the socio-political structures, to effect cultural, social and systemic change.
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.
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.
The booklet documents my reflections of #MagicCarpet (2017-2019), and was launched at the public view of my solo exhibition at the Craft and Design Centre