What happens when visual art runs into and runs riot with ADHD? What are the fireworks and frictions that arise? What are the ways forward, together?
This video is a recording of a conversation between artist Dr Kai Syng Tan and Professor of Psychiatry Philip Asherson, both of the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King's College London. Here, they chat about their collaborative project, We sat on a mat and had a chat and made maps! #MagicCarpet, a 1.5 year multifaceted project which includes a large tapestry art, which they are sitting on.
The interview is directed, conceptualised and filmed by curator Alessandra Cianetti, who is also #MagicCarpet's Production Manager. The music you can hear comes from a piece entitled Mind In The Cave by Stuart Westerby, who has created the piece as a contribution to #MagicCarpet, and who considers himself an 'outsider artist'.
The film premiered at Be There at the Start, an Unlimited event, at the Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester, during a panel discussion on cross-sectorial collaboration chaired by Dr Cecilia Wee, Head of Artist Development at Artsadmin.
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--> Learn more about the collaboration: mind-the-gap.live/2017/05/12/come-sit-on-a-mat-with-an-artist-and-a-psychiatrist-to-have-a-chat-about-mind-wandering-gingerbread-men-shark-baits-and-the-interface-of-normalabnormal-behaviour/
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We sat on a mat and had a chat and made maps! #MagicCarpet is a 1.5 year art practice-led research project that 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). Channeling the exuberance of Grayson Perry’s tapestry art, the work embeds within it Kai’s lived experience as a mind wandering extraordinaire. Through a programme of talks, workshops and the creation of a new participatory tapestry art installation, #MagicCarpet aims to generate a creative space to explore the lines – squiggly, fractured, actual, imagined, messy, fascinating – between ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ behaviours, imagination and pathology, art practice and scientific research as well as the physical weave and digital pixel. The ‘magic’ that #MagicCarpet aims for is not to seek or provide answers but to raise questions, and to allow us to learn from and challenge one another and irritate existing assumptions about how we relate to the world, self and one another.
TEAM: Artist: Dr Kai Syng Tan (King's College London) / Mentor: Professor Philip Asherson (King's College London) / Arts Production Manager: Alessandra Cianetti / Sound and Music Director: Philip Tan (Philbeat) / Film Director: Michael Larsson (Ohsoweird) PARTNERS: Submit To Love Studios (Headway East London), UK Adult ADHD Network (UKAAN), Flanders Tapestries. FUNDERS: #MagicCarpet is a 2017 Unlimited commission. Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that celebrates ambitious work by disabled artists. Unlimited is funded by Arts Council England, and delivered by Shape Arts and Artsadmin. The project is part of King's artist in residence programme supported by Cultural Programming and the Department of Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King's College London.