Dr Kai Syng Tan FRSA joined Leeds College of Art as a Junior Research Fellow in September 2014. Since September 2015, she has been a Research Fellow. Kai is also AHRC Peer Review College Member (2015-2018), Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, member of the Running Cultures Research Group and External Examiner for the BA Art Education Programme, Singapore Institute Management University. She attained her AFHEA in 2014 and expects to attain her SFHEA in December 2016. In 2014, she completed her PhD in Fine Art at the Slade School as a University College London scholar.

Kai’s specialism lies in interdisciplinary practice-related research. Her research explores the body and mind in motion (such as via running) as a creative and critical toolkit to engage with self, others, the city and non-logocentric modes of thinking. She is the founder and director of the RUN! RUN! RUN! International Body for Research and RUN! RUN! RUN! Biennale. In 2017, Kai will serve as panel member for the International Commissions panel at Unlimited Arts, which is a £2 million, three-year programme that is a legacy of the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad.

Her 20-year international portfolio includes exhibitions, performances and critical texts that have been featured at Documenta, Biennale of Sydney, transmediale at MOMA, ZKM and ICA. Recognition includes San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Gate Award, Artangle Open 100 and AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers finalist. She was Visual Director and Communications Director for the 8th ASEAN Para Games 2015, and her works are collected by Museum of London, Wellcome Trust and Fukuoka Art Museum.

Journal Publication

Tan, KS. 2016. “Tough Ultramarathons and Life on the Run.” Transfers 6 (3): 130–37. doi:10.3167/TRANS.2016.060311.

‘Monster’. In: Casarino, C, Sawhney, S and Mowitt, J, ed. 2012. Cultural Critique Number 80. University of Minnesota Press.

PhD by Design Instant Journal. Co-authored with ten other academics who attended the PhD by Design conference on practice-based research, Leeds College of Art, UK.

Conference Presentation

Beyond Interdisciplinarity: Situating practice in the art-geography nexus. RGS-IBG 2016 Royal Geographical Society, London, UK. 2016.

Royal Society for the Arts Fellowship Engage Series. UK. 2016.

Museums for Health and Wellbeing Conference. Organised by UCL’s National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing. Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, UK. 2016.

Anti-Festival Conference on Art of Endurance. Kuopio Academy of Design. Finland. 2016.

Running and Landscapes conference. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences University. Malmo. Sweden. 2016.

Feminisms, Power and Pedagogy: 10th Biennial Conference of the Gender and Education Association. With Leeds College of Art. UK. 2015.

Sensingsite. Central St Martins. London, UK. 2014.

Invited Speaker Presentation

University of Helsinki at the invitation of Professor Sirpa Tani, Professor of Geography and Environmental Education. Finland. 2016.

Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts. UK. 2016.

Association of American Geographers Annual Conference. Chicago, USA. 2015.

ESRC-funded Running Dialogues. London, UK. 2015.

South East Asian Arts Festival. London, UK. 2014.

Synergize2014. Lancaster University. Lancaster, UK. 2014.

Time-Based Media Art Programme. UCL Art Museum. UK. 2014.

Conference Chaired

RUN! RUN! RUN! Biennale 2016 #r3fest. Leeds College of Art, University College London, Cardiff Metropolitan School of Sport. With Dr Carali McCall, Annie Grove-White. 2016.

Chair and Discussant. PhD by Design Conference. Leeds College of Art. UK. 2015.

RUN! RUN! RUN! International Body for Research #r3fest. University College London. With Dr Alan Latham and Jo Volley. 2015.

Exhibitions Curated

RUN! RUN! RUN! Biennale 2016 #r3fest. Sponsored by Leeds College of Art. In partnership with University College London, Cardiff Metropolitan University. 2016.

ASEAN Para Games. Opening & Closing Ceremonies. Commissioned by Sport Singapore. 2015.

RUN! RUN! RUN! An International Festival of Running 1.0. Slade Research Centre. London, UK. 2015.

Exhibitions Participated

Official selection. Bucheon International Animation Festival. Korea. 2016.

Official selection. Ottawa International Animation Festival. Canada. 2016.

Official competition (216 from 2680 entries). Annecy International Animated Film Festival. 2016.

Wellcome Trust Images. 2016.

Fete de Tuiles. Grenoble, France. Commission: participatory art performance. 2016.

Pedagogy Research Cluster exhibition. Leeds College of Art. UK. 2016.

Anti-Adult RUN! RUN! RUN! Masterclass. Anti Festival. Kuopio, Finland. 2015.

Exparte. Singapore Tourism Board. Brick Lane Art Gallery. London, UK. 2015.

Running and Creativity Workshop. Commissioned by UCL Art Museum. London, UK. 2014.

RUN! RUN! RUN! Stratford. In AHRC and Arts Council-funded Pop Up Pop Up. London, UK. 2014.

Museum of London digital art commission. London, UK.  2013.