Cultural & Creative Consultancy
Dr Kai Syng Tan FRSA SFHEA
Kai is a consultant, artist, curator and academic. She’s best known for gathering diverse & divergent bodies and bodies of knowledge to generate new insights to a given issue or task. Through this creative approach of ‘productive antagonisms’ (Latham & Tan 2016), often involving artistic processes, she has brought people across sectors, cultures and disciplines together. Issues she has explored includes, place-making, social change and, with Professor Philip Asherson through the Arts Council England-funded Unlimited commission #MagicCarpet, ADHD, mind wandering, mental health and neurodiversity.
Marked by an 'eclectic style and cheeky attitude' (Sydney Morning Herald 2006), 'radical interdisciplinarity' (Alan Latham 2016) and ‘positive atmosphere’ (Guardian 2014), Kai’s performance-lectures, installation, film, critical and creative text have been featured at Biennale of Sydney, Documenta (European Artistic Research Network conference) and Tokyo Designers’ Week. Venues include Southbank Centre, MOMA (New York), Royal Geographical Society and Moscow’s Dom Muzyiki. Media engagement include BBC Radio3 and Fuji TV. Recognition includes National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement Images Award (Culture Change) and San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Gate Award. Collections include Museum of London and Fukuoka Art Museum. Kai is described as ‘absolutely instrumental’ (Gregg Whelan 2015) in opening up what could be called ‘Running Studies’, which explores running as an arts and humanities discourse. This draws on her PhD research which was conducted at Slade School of Fine Art. #MagicCarpet has been enjoyed by more than 9000 people and said to ‘create a family for people with ADHD’ (The Psychologist review). Co-created with disabled colleagues, the £4m Opening and Closing Ceremonies of 8th ASEAN Para Games (with Kai as Visual and Communications Director) was applauded as ‘spectacular’ by Singapore Prime Minister and game-changing and ‘most inclusive’ by the Singapore Association of the Deaf.
Kai is King’s College London Artist in Residence and Visiting Fellow, UK Research and Innovation and Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College Member, Music In Detention trustee, Founder and Lead of RUN! RUN! RUN!, Co-Founder and Manager of the 70-member Running Cultures Research Group, Advisor to PsychART (linking psychiatry, creativity and the arts, funded by Royal College of Psychiatry), and Visual and Communications Consultant for Philbeat (Singapore creative company). Follow her on @kaisyngtan @wesatonamat