Performance & Dance
Exhibition

We sat on a mat and had a chat and made maps! #MagicCarpet

Part of Unlimited

Look at and touch a tapestry art called 'I Run and Run, Let Out an Earth Shattering Roar, and Turn into a Giant Octopussy’, part of research project We Sat on a Mat and Had a Chat and Made Maps! #MagicCarpet.

Does your mind wander? Where does it go? What do you see? How far is too far? What does mind wandering enable you to do? When does it become disabling?

Perched on an invisible loom, the tapestry is one of the various outcomes of the research project by artist Dr Kai Syng Tan in collaboration with Philip Asherson, Professor of Molecular Psychiatry at King’s College London. The project draws on emerging research on the universality of mind wandering as well as how it relates to visual art and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

At the artist's talk, Kai Syng Tan gives a performance-lecture titled ‘I Run and Run, Let Out an Earth Shattering Roar, and Turn into a Giant Octopussy and Other Tales of Unreasonable Adjustments’. This is followed by a conversation with collaborator Professor Philip Asherson and a Q&A.

Throw academic treatise, auto-ethnography, cine-essay, stand-up comedy and impressive lumps of salt and MSG together, and you get artist-academic Dr Kai Syng Tan’s unique performance-lecture, a format that she has cultivated over the years and which has been enjoyed all over the world.

Topics she may touch on include: hyperactivity, risk-taking and impulsively of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and how they relate to creativity; the boundaries between ‘normality' and 'abnormality’, the triple invisibility of neuro-diverse BAME women and how this is a hidden problem/resource; horniness and taking life by its horns; dating in the age of Tinder; and her own dream app, Hinder, which connects artists with members of other species to facilitate creative collisions and 'productive antagonisms’.

The performance-lecture is a provocation to widen the discourse on neuro-diversity and how the arts can complicate the discourse, not only rerouting audiences’ expectations by pulling the carpet from under their feet but also sweeping them off their feet.

Commissioned and supported by the Unlimited programme, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council England.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall
Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer (Red Reception Area)

Pricing

Free

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Event information
Artist’s talk: #MAGICCARPET: I Run and Run, Let Out an Earth Shattering
Roar, and Turn into a Giant Octopussy and Other Tales of Unreasonable Adjustments

Thursday 6 September, 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Access information
The installation is Audio Described (AD). The artist’s talk is Audio Described (AD), Speech to Text (STT) transcribed and BSL interpreted. To join our free Access Scheme, call our Ticket Office on 020 3879 9555 or email accesslist@southbankcentre.co.uk
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Related events
Visual Art Tours: Friday 7 September, Saturday 8 September, Sunday 9 September, 1pm and 3pm.
Meet at the Welcome Desk, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall.

Come with us and discover all the visual art elements of Unlimited across both the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall sites. From dirty secrets to unheard voices, from Palestine to life in London, from tapestry to an invitation to rest in public, find out more about why each work was commissioned, the motivations behind the artists and the techniques they use.

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