Kai Syng Tan presents Too Much/Not Enough: Neurodiversity and Cultural Production, London


Price: Free



On Tuesday 21st May at 6pm you are invited to join artist Kai Syng Tan, curator Alessandra Cianetti, and literary researcher Sophie Jones for Too Much/Not Enough: Neurodiversity and Cultural Production as part of Birkbeck Arts Week 2019.

The evening will begin with the premiere of Kai Syng Tan’s short film, Brisk/Risks, which explores risk-taking and neurodiversity, followed by a participatory panel discussion with Kai Syng Tan, Alessandra Cianetti, and Sophie Jones, exploring the aesthetics of neurodiversity and the place of invisible disabilities in the cultural industries. After the screening and discussion, we will move to Room 106 for a reception and viewing of Tan’s #MagicCarpet exhibition (details below).

Exhibition: I Run & Run, Let Out An Earth Shattering Roar, and Turn Into a Giant Octopussy, Kai Syng Tan (2018) #MagicCarpet
Room 106, 43 Gordon Square – 20-24 May 2019, 9am-9pm (booking not required)

This tapestry is the result of a collaboration between artist Kai Syng Tan and Philip Asherson, Professor of Psychiatry at King’s College London, exploring mind-wandering, ADHD, and the creative process. Woven at Flanders Tapestries, Belgium, the work is described by Tan as follows: “Colourful and overworked, the tapestry is a snapshot of my hyperactive mind. Flitting in and out of reason and legibility, there’s death, sex, surrealism, My Little Pony and terminologies on ‘abnormalities’ of the brain that I’d learnt as the first artist-in-residence at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre.”

The tapestry will be on display from 9am-9pm throughout Birkbeck Arts Week, including for a special reception after the Too Much/Not Enough event, where the artist will be present. Visitors can also chat with the artist during the exhibition on Monday 20th (11am-3pm), Tuesday 21st (12pm-3pm), Wednesday 22nd (9am-3pm), and Friday 24th (12pm-9pm).

#MagicCarpet was a 2017 Unlimited commission funded by Arts Council England, with additional support by King’s College London. The film Brisk/Risks is created by Studio Maba.
Too Much/Not Enough event and exhibition are kindly supported by Birkbeck Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF).

Please contact the organiser if you have any additional access requirements


Room G04, Birkbeck, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square London WC1H 0PD

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