The 'Art, ADHD, Neurodiversity & Giant Octopussies: #MagicCarpet Launch' took place on 24 April 2018 at the Art Worker's Guild. This clip shows Jacqui Beckford with co-worker Izegbuwa Oleghe signing a section of Kai's speech. This and other short clips of the event are filmed by the wonderful documentary filmmaker Martha McAlpine. vimeo.com/martharosemac
Artist Dr Kai Syng Tan and Professor Philip Asherson (Kings’ College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience) launched I Run and Run, Let Out An Earth-Shattering Roar and Turn Into A Giant Octopussy (2017). This is a new tapestry artwork arising from an ongoing dialogue between Kai and Philip on mind wandering and how that relates to the creative process and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). and a highlight was a debate. Through quickfire provocations and a discussion, the evening explored the creative process, how it relates to our different brains, and the possibilities of ‘neurodiverse art’. The intention was to open up a space for creative collisions and productive antagonisms about the arts-health-society and body-brain-mind-world dynamics, which the hosting venue itself – the iconic Art Workers’ Guild situated amidst research facilities for neuroscience – powerfully plays out. Instead of answers and conclusions, we were provoked, amused and bemused and left with new questions. Kai and Philip were joined by Prue Cooper and Fleur Oakes (The Art Workers’ Guild), Professor Andrew Stahl (UCL Slade School of Fine Art), Jo Verrent (Unlimited) and Ben Platts-Mills (Headway East London). There was also live demonstrations by Fleur Oakes, Rachael Matthews, and Paul Jakeman of the Guild. The evening was produced by Arts Production Manager Alessandra Cianetti.
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We sat on a mat and had a chat and made maps! #MagicCarpet. A practice-led research project weaving science and art together to celebrate mind wandering, magic carpets, mapping, making, making small talk and productive antagonisms
#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 at King's College London.
TEAM: Artist: Dr Kai Syng Tan (King's College London, University College London) / Mentor: Professor Philip Asherson (King's College London) / Arts Production Manager: Alessandra Cianetti / Photographer: Enamul Hoque / Sound and Music Director: Philip Tan (Philbeat) / Film Director: Michael Larsson (Ohsoweird) / Social Media and Publicity Curator (R&D phase): David Kelly-Mancaux (Erkembode) | PARTNERS: Submit To Love Studios (Headway East London), UK Adult ADHD Network (UKAAN)