Kai Syng Tan & Alan Latham (UK): ANTI-ADULT RUN! RUN! RUN!

MASTERCLASS #antiadultrun
Calling all runners and non-runners aged 10-100 years old!

Eager to re-enact the pleasure of running that you sometimes forget with the elaborate training programme that you have designed?
No longer feeling liberated but instead bullied by your Garmin, Fuel or Fitbit?Tired of getting another shin splint, or waking up in the middle of the night with that gnawing knee ache?
Thinking ‘I want some of that!’ when you see children laughing, crying, tumbling, screaming or giggling when they run?

Re-invigorate yourselves! Join the ANTI-ADULT RUN! RUN! RUN! Masterclass #antiadultrun, which are exclusive and explosive 25-minute special training sessions run by world-class running experts, aged 7-9.

Simply pop by to the Kuopio Sports Hall on September 5 Saturday 10:00-12:00hrs, or the Kuopio Market Square 13:00-14:00hrs.

#antiadultrun is an exercise on rebelliousness, mischief and silliness. It is not a nostalgic re-turn; neither is it a positioning that is diametrically ‘anti’ or ‘against’ adulthood. Instead, it is a cheeky call for adults to act as ‘old children’, to take a stance against an (self-)seriousness that may characterise the contemporary art world, an over-utilisation of technology in sport and exercise worlds, or a mode of over-thinking that society demands of a ‘grown-up’.

Un-learn your habits, and learn from children!
Behave as a wayward child!
Defy the grown-ups in us who reprimand ‘walk, don’t run’!
Be self-consciously un-self-conscious!
Throw tantrums!
In short, enjoy some un-adulterated fun fun fun, and RUN! RUN! RUN!


Kai Syng Tan & Alan Latham (UK)

Dr Kai Syng Tan FRSA (Leeds College of Art) and Dr Alan Latham (University College London) run the RUN! RUN! RUN! International Body for Research. The research institute explores running as a creative or social tool that can give us an insight into the city, society and so on. RUN! RUN! RUN! runs a range of interdisciplinary, participatory activities. Situated within and beyond the artistic and academic worlds, they are serious, rigorous and disruptive as they are light-footed, light-hearted and bonkers.

Tan is an artist, curator and researcher. She has exhibited in more than 400 shows (dOCUMENTA, Guangzhou Triennale, transmediale, Biennale of Sydney, at MOMA, ZKM, Dom Muzyki, Centre Georges Pompidou et al). She’s won several awards and her works can be found in the Museum of London and Fukuoka Art Museum Collections. In 2013, Tan completed her Fine Art PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art.

Latham is a cultural and urban geographer whose research focuses on sociality, mobility and publicness. He has published extensively in edited collections and academic journals and is the co-author of Key Concepts in Urban Geography. His work has explored a range of sites in cities as diverse as Auckland, London, New York, Eugene, Berlin, and Champaign-Urbana. He is currently writing a contemporary history of sedentarism and practices of aerobic fitness. He teaches at University College London.