Tag: running studies

‘Running Studies’ can be understood as an emerging interdisciplinary area that investigates running as an arts and humanities discourses, and which gives the cultural canon of Walking Studies a good run for its money (Tan 2018). First coined by geographer John Bale (2004), the term has, since 2014 with RUN! RUN! RUN! and other efforts by artists, geographers, filmmakers, and more, become more expansive, inclusive and creative. This tag explores my solo, collaborative and curatorial work on running as an arts and humanities discourse and artistic research paradigm since 2009.

ART + RUNNING

I have investigated running as an arts and humanities discourse and artistic research paradigm since 2009. I am described as ‘absolutely central’ and ‘instrumental’ (Whelan 2015) in leading and broadening ‘Running Studies’. My work displays ‘radical interdisciplinarity’ (Latham, 2016). A theatre researcher states that ‘it is the artist, curator, and researcher Kai Syng Tan who has done the most in seeking to develop an interdisciplinary discourse around running art and performance (Filmer 2020).

Kids (aged 7-14) teach adults (top age 82) how to have unadulterated fun 00’18”

On the inversion of power, giggling, throwing tantrums and having unadulterated fun fun fun. #Antiadultrunrunrun Masterclass, ANTI Festival Commission, Kuopio, Finland. A performance-lecture of this was later delivered at Royal Geographical Society’s Annual Conference.

Rousseau, Running Artfully & Writing Dyslexically

‘Run Riot’ (2019) is a chapter in Handbook on Methods and Applications for Mobilities Research, Edward Elgar (2020). The structure of the text follows philosopher Jean-Jaques Rousseau’s 1778 Reveries of a Solitary Walker, and it activates a dyslexic approach to writing.

Running as metaphor, methodology & material

This paper runs through the RUN! RUN! RUN! Biennale’s origins, curatorial framework, and its impact.

Kaidie’s 1000-Day Trans-Run

This was a 1000-day durational performance which also included films, maps and so on, during which I learnt how to run, took part in 9 races (including 2 full marathons) and then died, and reincarnated.

Running Studies

Watch commissioned Pecha Kucha Life on the RUN! RUN! RUN!, at My Life in Running, Pub Pannuhuone the ANTI Festival of Contemporary Art, Kuopio, Finland 2015 . In…

BBC Radio Three 45’00”

Panel discussion on RUN! RUN! RUN! Biennale and my solo work on Free Thinking.

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.

Running Artists Network (RAN)

The Running Artfully Network (RAN) will be an artist-led initiative using running-inspired art and art-inspired running as a vehicle for social action and building the agenda of running as an artistic research paradigm.

More printed stories

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

PhD thesis

The Physical and Poetic Processes of Running was a 100,000 word thesis completed at Slade School of Fine Art (2009-2013). I was a University College London scholar. Since its upload in Summer 2014, the thesis has been downloaded 4363 times worldwide.

Transfers

This was an exhibition of eight works published in the Winter 2016 edition of Transfers Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies.

Exceptional Talent 01 :52:12

2020 version of Exceptional Talent, the State of Fun & Islands of After Death, on movement as a human right, which was first performed as a keynote-lecture at Peter Scott at the Inaugural Art & Mobilities Symposium 2018.

Productive Antagonisms

Productive antagonisms is an interdisciplinary mode of knowledge exchange and production (Latham and Tan 2016). Itself an artful juxtaposition of concepts and practices and co-created by an artist and a geographer, I have since extended the concept into a mode of learning and teaching, although it has come from prior framings such as ISLANDHOPPING (2002-2005).

What’s running got to do with our divided world?

Royal Society of the Arts blog post contextualising RUN! RUN! RUN! Biennale 2016, which responded to the (anti-)migrant crisis and referendum results.

Body+mind in (com)motion disrupting a world in (com)motion

The body and mind in motion and commotion as a form of intervention and interrogation of and amid a world in motion and commotion. A non-linear slideshow performed at ANTI Festival of Contemporary Performance (Kuopio, Finland 2015) and Exparte at the Brick Lane Gallery (for the Singapore Tourism Board, 2015).

Running (In) Your City 30’22”

Running (In) your City is a book chapter in Mobilities, Literature, Culture (Palgrave Macmillan 2019) and performance-lecture (ESRC-funded ‘Running Dialogues’, Roxy Bar & Screen in London 2015).

Other efforts during the pandemic

04/2020: Other efforts during the pandemic in local and professional contexts and beyond.

Hand in Hand 02’15”

Run run run! Run into difference. Embrace flux. Don’t let things come to standstill. Don’t take things lying down. Mock/knock the toxic status quo. Let us surge forward, hand-in-hand.

Kaidie seeking Heidi in Switzerland 05’44”

Listen to my interview for a Swiss radio station on my 1000-day performance as ‘Kaidie’ while an artist-in-residence in Winterthur. Switzerland.

JOIN NOW! Running Cultures Research Network

JOIN NOW! I co-founded and manage the Running Cultures Research Group in 2014 which has been key in helping to widening and advancing the emerging ‘Running Studies as an arts and humanities discourse.

OLDER WEBSITES

Links to a few of my older websites.