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EXHIBITION : January 30, 2020 — September 30, 2020.

#MagicCarpet: A Tapestry Art Exhibition by Kai Syng Tan

#MagicCarpet: Of wandering and weaving, of digits and the digital, of craft and craftiness.

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Bringing together questions about craft, how our minds work and the ways in which artists and scientists view neurodiversity,  our forthcoming exhibition by Dr Kai Syng Tan showcases a large-scale tapestry which was digitally hand drawn and then woven by machine in the same place that Grayson Perry used for his work. This intricate and fascinating tapestry is the result of an artistic residency at the Social Genetic and Developmental Research Centre,  in which Dr Kai Syng Tan explored how scientists and artists view neurodiversity, ADHD and a common feature of ADHD, mind-wandering. Mind-wandering means letting your thoughts wander away from the here and now. In psychiatry, excessive mind wandering is viewed as something that might need treatment but mind wandering has long been celebrated as part of the creative process in many different art forms.

The aim of Kai Syng Tan’s project, and the resulting artwork, is to create a space where a diverse community of artists and scientists could meet and discuss their work and lived experiences. Through these discussions, new ideas were developed in both the scientific and cultural fields in relation to ADHD, neurodiversity and arts and mental health. We’re really pleased for this thought-provoking piece to be coming to us in the New Year, so that we can continue to explore these topical issues and also look at how the piece also raises questions about craft production in the digital age.

What is neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is about accepting that people are all different and all individual. Neurodiverse communities accept that these differences occur naturally and shouldn’t be viewed as a negative condition that needs treating or curing. Neurodiverse people contribute massively to society and culture. Neurodiverse communities recognise these contributions and look for ways to better accommodate people’s differences so we can all meet our full potential

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