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Tan, KS., 2016.

RUN! RUN! RUN! Biennale 2016

Output Type:Other form of assessable output
Publisher:National Indoor Athletics Centre (Cardiff Metropolitan University), UCL, Leeds Arts University, Leeds, London, Cardiff, UK
Number of Works:30

This was the second leg of an international, interdisciplinary festival that I founded, led/directed, curated and produced. Also known as the #r3fest, this was a hybrid programme examining running as an arts and humanities discourse, not just within sport science or as a fitness practice. This fills an existing gap within and beyond the academy.

#r3fest 2016 featured 30 artists, academics and runners from 18 institutions and charities, from 21/11/2016 - 24/11/2016. We explored running as a metaphor to consider gender, ageing and borders. We sourced for and secured 3 venues: screening, seminar and performance at Leeds Arts University (LAU), UCL and National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff. I designed mentor-learner couplings: my first-time co-curators (and #r3fest alumni) artists Dr Carali McCall (London-based) and Annie Grove-White (Cardiff-based) were paired with Latham in London, and a Senior Lecturer in theatre in Aberystwyth. We ran monthly 1-2-hour discussions. Feedback from Grove-White (retired Principal Lecturer, Director of Learning & Teaching, Cardiff School of Art & Design): 'I enjoy the richness of sharing ideas and support'. Dr McCall (PhD in Fine Art, CSM) says the group taught her 'commitment,discipline and working with others'. I was an invited speaker on BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking.

Thus far, RUN! RUN! RUN! has presented the drawings, installations, performances, papers, academic posters and films of 65 researchers, artists and runners from 40 institutions, across venues including Cardiff National Indoor Stadium and Paris School of Culture and Art. Through RUN! RUN! RUN!, which the Guardian urges other academics to 'take a leaf from' (2014), I am recognised as being 'absolutely central' in the field of 'Running Studies' (Whelan 2015).