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We sat on a mat and had a chat and made maps! #MagicCarpetis 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, University 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 (OhsoweirdPARTNERS: 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. 


magiccarpet [at] kaisyngtan [dot] com



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