ELAINE (MEI LIN) TAM



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is an itinerant curator, writer, researcher from Hong Kong currently living and working in London. She collaborates with artists and thinkers to create new forms and forums for critical engagement; her practice is an interdisciplinary site for play, pleasure, gesture, enquiry and, importantly, failure. Research interests include psychoanalytic theory, performance writing and feminist new materialisms.



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An introductory series on the notion of fictioning brought to you by Elaine Tam (writer & curator) and Arthur Gouillart (designer). Each themed session drew inspiration from textual and audio/visual examples across mythology, art, literature, design and politics. Readings and thought prompts were circulated weekly to support learning and exchange. The aim was to provide a toolkit for multi-disciplinary creative adaptation and foster a site for collaborative thinking.

This 5-week course ran on Mondays, from 10th August — 7th September 2020, between 7 — 8:30pm on Zoom. It was free and open to all thanks to the support of The Trampery. The course readings and references, much of which are available online, have been shared below as a resource for autodidacts and other reading groups.

Week #1
Ahistorical mythopoesis

1. Fictioning by David Burrows & Simon O'Sullivan (2019), p16-18
2. A Hero's Journey by Christopher Vogler (2017)
3. Physical Improbabilities Made Real by Rebecca Fulleylove (8 March 2017)

Week #2
For Bernard Stiegler

1. Introduction to Technics of Decision, an interview by Sean Gaston (2010), p1-3
2. Desire and Knowledge by Bernard Stielger (2005), p10
3. The Wind Rises: In Memory of Bernard Stiegler by Yuk Hui (8 August 2020)
4. The Wind Rises remixes history by Chris Plante (30 May 2020)

Week #3
Spatial poetics

1. Plots, Platforms and Sinister Design, Ben Singleton (2015), 41 minutes 50 seconds
2. The Shape of Stories, Kurt Vonnegut (2004), 17 minutes 36 seconds
3. Tomorrow's World, Bill Hillier (1993), 6 minutes 21 seconds

Week #4
Geo-philosophies

1. Nietzsche, Klossowski: Outside, at the Edge of Things, Jill Marsden (2010), 8 minutes: 21:00 - 29:00
2. Golden Mountain, Iron Heap: A poetic ethnography by Jessica Madison (2017)
3. Friday by Michel Tournier (1967), p87-91

Week #5
Ethnofuturisms

1. Ethnofuturisms by Armen Avanessian and Mahan Moalemi (2018), p1-2
2. The Last Angel of History by John Akomfrah (1996), 15 minutes: 00:00 - 14:50
3. Future Texts: Introduction, by Alondra Nelson (2002), pages 1-4
4. Deep Sea Dwellers, Drexcyia and the Sonic Third Space by Nettrice R. Gaskins (2016), p68-71