Catalysing Change Through Artful Agitation: Part I: Be Ill-Disciplined
“We need new compasses, fresh tools, and untried directions.”
With the pandemic, Black Lives Matter, and the ongoing crises in climate, health, and technological control, we’ve all been thinking a lot about leadership.
- What makes a ‘good’ leader?
- What could a new kind of leader look like
- As artists, curators, creative producers and theatre-makers, how can we make art, make shows and make change?
Kai Syng Tan is an artist, curator and academic. She argues that artists – especially artists with ‘non-standard’ and neurodiverse ways of thinking – can help invent new solutions to the major challenges facing our societies, and work to co-create a fairer world.
In this online performance lecture, Kai will explore how creativity and neurodiversity can drive social change.
‘Normal’ hasn’t worked, so we need leaders with atypical ways of being, thinking, making, and organising for our ‘new normal’. Be Ill-disciplined invites you to critically and creatively explore leadership – and to think about yourself as a leader. The lecture will include a chance for discussion and questions.
This event will be live captioned. If you have other access needs, you will be able to tell us this when booking your ticket.
Be Ill-disciplined will be followed at 4pm by an online workshop for up to 15 people aged 21-30 who are interested in arts, leadership and social change. Priority will be given to those who are neurodiverse’ (broadly, with cognitive approaches different to the ‘standard’, such as dyslexia, autism, ADHD and/or more), disabled or from a UK ethnic minority or working class background. This workshop isn’t bookable online – if you are interested in joining please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Depending on interest, we may ask you to send over a short statement explaining why you want to take part.
This workshop will be live captioned. If you have other access needs, please let Chloe know.
Part of performingbordersLIVE20 programme (March – November 2020). performingborders is a space for artistic research and creation that explores physical, cultural, juridical, racial, gendered, class, and everyday borders through live art and performance practices. In partnership with Contact Theatre and supported by the Arts Council England.
Image Credits: Tapestry art I Run and Run, Let Out an Earth Shattering Roar, and Turn Into a Giant Octopussy looked on by woman. From #MagicCarpet by Kai Syng Tan 2017-2019. Photograph by Alex Lloyd