A Q&A with artist Dr Kai Syng Tan discuss her own practice as a neurodivergent artist. We'll explore barriers faced by disabled artist, how to address accessibility issues within the arts and experiences as a creative during the pandemic. The Q&A will be held on Zoom, please fill out the form below to register and you will be sent a link for the event.
An artist, consultant, curator and academic, Kai is concerned with the body and mind in motion in a world in motion and commotion. She is best known for gathering diverse and divergent bodies and bodies of knowledge to engineer spaces of ‘productive antagonisms’ across disciplinary, geopolitical and cultural boundaries, in what she calls an ‘ill-disciplined’ approach. Kai is co-founder of the Neurodiversity In/And Creative Research Network. This is a group of 200 neurodivergent researchers, creative practitioners and allies from the arts, psych-sciences, culture, tech and more in the UK and worldwide in US, Sweden, Canada - any one with any interest in the range of meanings of and entanglements between 'neurodiversity', 'creativity' and 'research', are welcome to join.'
Kai’s performance-lectures, installation, film, critical and creative text have been featured at Biennale of Sydney, Documenta (European Artistic Research Network conference) and Tokyo Designers’ Week. Venues include Science Museum, Southbank Centre, MOMA (New York), Royal Geographical Society and Moscow’s Dom Muzyiki. Collections include Museum of London and Fukuoka Art Museum. She has taught in more than 40 higher education institutions (BA-PhD) as lecturer, programme leader and examiner, including Royal College of Art, LASALLE College of Art (Singapore), Australian National University, Tama Art University (Tokyo) and Dumaguete University (Philippines).
Image above: still from interview with Winkball media 2018, interview available here [https://convegnodislessia.unirsm.sm/kai-tan/]
Below are some links to Kai's work:
Kai's short bio
What else could neurodiversity look like?
Cat(suit)s and Caring in the Time of COVID-19
Novel viruses require artful solutions
Artful leadership against a clever virus
This event is run in collaboration with Shape Arts and supported by the Disabled Intersectional Voices in the Arts (DIVA) society.