Tan Kai Syng,

Performance & Talk: RUN RUN RUN!

Performance: RUN RUN RUN! Warming Up 
Book your free ticket here (25 participants only)booking available soon

Interactive running-discourse. Come run with Kai Syng Tan in a hands-on, or rather, feet-on performance, and explore how running can function an everyday creative ‘rite’ to empower us to ‘run’ London. We will run in the area around the Proud Archivist, and while doing so, we will run – conduct – discourses, about running based around the question: (How) Does running make us see/hear/think about  London differently? This being the event that opens the SEA ArtsLIVE, we will also touch upon a couple of related areas of concern such as the (female) body and embodied practices of resistance. As such, Warming Up also acts as a preparation exercise that gets us sweating with excitement for the wide range of lively discourses to come at SEA ArtsLIVE. No running experience required, no running clothes needed – even shoes are optional. So, no excuses. !


Talk: RUN RUN RUN! A Rundown 

Performance-lecture. Did you know that Londoners seem to love running, with nearly 40,000 of us take part in the London Marathon annually and another 650,000 cheering us along the streets of London, and 5 million watching the TV broadcast worldwide (The London Marathon Limited 2013; London Town 2013)? Did you also know that the Latin etymology of the word ‘run’, refers to running from one place to another (Blackburn 2008 p.102), and that the code-breaker Alan Turing was a highly-accomplished long-distance runner who invented the computer in the middle of the run (Burfoot 2007)? In this performance-lecture, Kai Syng Tan runs through how and why she started running, and what she discovered along the way. En route, Kai will also talk about how she has, since 1994, used her body as material and site, as she lives her life on the run.


Dr Kai Syng Tan has exhibited (dOCUMENTA, Guangzhou Triennale, transmediale, Biennale of Sydney, ICA, New York Film Anthology at MOMA, 27th South East Asian Games, Centre Georges Pompidou), curated (Cinema South Festival, Delhi International Film Festival), taught/written curricula/visited (RCA; LCC; ANU), advised (National Arts Council; Media Development Authority), and picked up awards (SFIFF Golden Gate Merit Award, Japan Foundation Artist-in-Residency Award; Artangel Open 100 shortlist). This work is part of RUN RUN RUN! (co-founded with Dr Alan Latham, UCL Geography), a series of academic and artistic activities that explores running beyond the mundane. This arose from her Fine Art PhD, which was conducted at the Slade as a UCL scholar. Recent events include the critically-acclaimed RUN RUN RUN! An International Festival of Running 1.0. Kai now works as a Junior Research Fellow at Leeds College of Art.


image by Kai Syng Tan


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