Can’t get your head around the dizzying array of madcap, world-changing, universe-turning exercises run by the RUN! RUN! RUN! International Body For Running? Book Kai to provide a rundown (anything between 1 to 120 minutes) of what this is all about in the form of a performance-lecture – armed with moving images, scripted script and authoritative voice of reason – and get even more confused. In a good way.
Drawing on the traditions of the performance-lecture (Walid Raad/Atlas Group) and cine-essay (Chris Marker, Agnes Varda), Kai’s brand of performance-lectures are critical modes of inquiry in which a highly-collaged set of moving images run hand-in-hand with a scripted spoken text which is densely-littered with running-related metaphors. Sound and image dance and battle with each another, enacting the exuberance of running, yet also raising questions about academic and artistic conventions of knowledge production. Kai’s performance-lectures have been seen in different parts of the world including the American Geographers Association Annual Meeting, Institute of Contemporary Art London and Museum of Sydney.
If you cannot stand all that sitting down while taken on a ride, then get your hands and feet dirty, and opt for a Running-Discourse, Running-Game, Running Tour, Heritage Running Tour or Running Clinic instead.
Fiction at a Critical Distance
Top: Kai performing Running (In) Your City at the Roxy Bar and Screen in London, 29 June 2015. Above: Kai performing About Running, the Runner’s High, Playing Nondon Ambassador and Feeling Good: Kaidie’s Experience of the Nondon 2012 Olympics, Royal College of Art, March 2013, London UK. This was part of TRAND 5: Whatever Next? London 2013 and Beyond. Convened by Dr Sarah Teasley, Mr Joe Kerr. Other presenters in the series included authors Will Self and Iain Sinclair. Below: Kai performing How To Stop Worrying and Love (Running) at the UCL Art Museum, February 2014, London UK.