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Kai Syng Tan

Dr Kai Syng Tan FRSA SFHEA is an interdisciplinary artist, visual director, researcher, consultant, curator, lecturer, sightseer and shape-shifter. Through installation, performance, drawing and critical text, and drawing on fine art, urban and mobility studies, neuroscience, sport science and non-western discourses on the body-mind poetics, her practice-led research investigates how the body and mind in motion relates to place and other bodies and minds. Within this framework, she explores running as a creative toolkit, which was also the focus of her fine art PhD conducted at the Slade School of Fine Art as a UCL scholar. Kai's work has appeared at Documenta, Royal Geographical Society, Biennale of Sydney, MOMA, ZKM, ICA, BBC Free Thinking and LADA Study Guide. Recognition includes San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Gate Award, and Artangle Open 100, and collections include the Museum of London, Fukuoka Art Museum and Land Transport Authority (Singapore). She has been described as ‘not only a talented artist but also a great scholar’ (Cinema South Festival) who is ‘known for her eclectic style and cheeky attitude to the art world’ (Sydney Morning Herald), with a ‘sardonic humour but also a sharp intelligence which makes her a self-reflexive, incisive artist of South East Asia’ (Singapore International Festival of Arts Director Keng Sen Ong). Of her RUN! RUN! RUN! Biennale, the Guardian urges academics to ‘take a leaf out of its book’. Co-produced with disabled colleagues, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 8th ASEAN Para Games (for which Kai was Visual Director) was applauded as ‘spectacular’ by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Kai is currently an Artist in Residence and Visiting Researcher at King’s College London, Visiting Fellow at University College London, Director of RUN! RUN! RUN! International Body for Research and AHRC Peer Review College member.

Posts by Kai Syng Tan

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Kai Syng Tan: Unreasonable Adjustments

What follows is Kai Syng Tan's script for 'Unreasonable Adjustments' – one woman’s account of the compromises she has to make to fit the non-ADHD world – edited from two previous shows, both performance-lectures. This script and associated slideshow, was created for Disability Arts Online. Here, you can read the ...

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What else could ‘neurodiversity’ look like?

Kai Syng Tan is an artist, curator and shapeshifter. Performances and exhibitions include Biennale of Sydney, Documenta, Royal Geographical Society and MOMA (New York), and permanent collections include Fukuoka Art Museum and Museum of London. Here, Kai considers widening the visual lexicon and imagination of how we are wired differently through a ...