This is a video recording of a performance-lecture conducted at the ESRC-funded Running Dialogues’ session entitled ‘Running, Space and Place’, which took place at Roxy Bar & Screen in London on 29 June 2015.
The work attempts to explore running as a critical and creative urban technology. Additionally, it carries footnotes exploring the enactment of running in the thinking process (thinking in a ‘running’ way, by way of collaging different schools of thought together), and the enactment of running in the presentation process (and the difficulty, dizziness and delirium of running such a discourse, and a self-reflexive critical reflection of the politics and problematics of presentation).
To do this Kai samples practices and theories from different schools of thought, including Situationism and the Chinese philosophy of Daoism (Taoism). She also shares what she has learnt first-hand and first-feet as a runner in London and Singapore.
Drawing on the traditions of the performance-lecture (Walid Raad/Atlas Group) and cine-essay (Chris Marker, Agnes Varda), Kai’s brand of performance-lectures are critical modes of inquiry in which a highly-collaged set of moving images — in this case a Prezi — run hand-in-hand with a scripted spoken text which is densely-littered with running-related metaphors. Sound and image dance and battle with each another, enacting the exuberance of running, yet also raising questions about academic and artistic conventions of knowledge production.
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The video was shot by artist Robin Kang robinkang.co.uk who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org