CeMoRe Visiting Fellow
Dr Kai Syng Tan FRSA SFHEA is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and researcher. Her practice-led research investigates how the body and mind in motion (and commotion) relates to other bodies and minds amidst a world in motion (and commotion). Within this framework, she explores running as a creative toolkit, which was the focus of her PhD at the UCL Slade School of Fine Art. Since 2015, disability has been added to the mix. Commissioned by Unlimited and funded by Arts Council England, she is currently collaborating with Professor of Molecular Psychiatry Philip Asherson on a roving tapestry art installation investigating mind-wandering and how that relates to the arts and psychiatry. She is currently Artist-In-Residence and Visiting Researcher at King’s College London, Visiting Fellow at UC’Ls Institute of Advanced Studies, and Director of RUN! RUN! RUN! (co-directed by geographer Dr Alan Latham).
Inspired by the CeMoRe Research Day (2012) and Mobilities, Literature, Culture conference (2017) both of which she had participated in and benefitted from, and drawing on her background in exhibiting (Documenta, Biennale of Syndey), running innovative interdisciplinary programmes (her RUN! RUN! RUN! Biennale was covered in the Guardian 2014 and BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking 2017), the CeMoRe Fellowship enables Kai to not only share and extend her current research, but to collaborate with CeMoRe Director Dr Jen Southern to conceptualise the Art and Mobilities Colloquium, with the aim of opening up critical and creative spaces for ‘productive antagonisms’ between art and mobilities, showing new generations of artists how mobilities studies can open new pathways for their practice, and demonstrating to mobilities scholars the ways in which the arts can add a spring to their work.