ANTI-ADULT RUN! RUN! RUN! MASTERCLASS #antiadultrun: Exclusive and explosive 25-minute special training sessions ran by world-class running experts, aged 7-8.
#antiadultrun is an exercise on rebelliousness, mischief and silliness. It is not a nostalgic re-turn; neither is it a positioning that is diametrically ‘anti’ or ‘against’ adulthood. Instead, it is a cheeky call for adults to act as ‘old children’, to take a stance against an (self-)seriousness that may characterise the contemporary art world, an over-utilisation of technology in sport and exercise worlds, or a mode of over-thinking that society demands of a ‘grown-up’.
Un-learn your habits, and learn from children!
Behave as a wayward child!
Defy the grown-ups in us who reprimand ‘walk, don’t run’!
Be self-consciously un-self-conscious!
In short, enjoy some un-adulterated fun fun fun, and RUN! RUN! RUN!
Kai Syng Tan & Alan Latham (UK)
Dr Kai Syng Tan FRSA (Leeds College of Art) and Dr Alan Latham (University College London) run the RUN! RUN! RUN! International Body for Research. The research institute explores running as a creative or social tool that can give us an insight into the city, society and so on. RUN! RUN! RUN! runs a range of interdisciplinary, participatory activities. Situated within and beyond the artistic and academic worlds, they are serious, rigorous and disruptive as they are light-footed, light-hearted and bonkers.
Tan is an artist, curator and researcher. She has exhibited in more than 400 shows (dOCUMENTA, Guangzhou Triennale, transmediale, Biennale of Sydney, at MOMA, ZKM, Dom Muzyki, Centre Georges Pompidou et al). She’s won several awards and her works can be found in the Museum of London and Fukuoka Art Museum Collections. In 2013, Tan completed her Fine Art PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art.
Latham is a cultural and urban geographer whose research focuses on sociality, mobility and publicness. He has published extensively in edited collections and academic journals and is the co-author of Key Concepts in Urban Geography. His work has explored a range of sites in cities as diverse as Auckland, London, New York, Eugene, Berlin, and Champaign-Urbana. He is currently writing a contemporary history of sedentarism and practices of aerobic fitness. He teaches at University College London.