ELAINE (MEI LIN) TAM



is an itinerant curator, writer and 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. Research interests include psychoanalytic theory, performance writing and feminist new materialisms.

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Avantgardening, Twitch TV
Sunday 19 April 2020, 8pm (UK)

Artists Geiste Kincinaityte, George Finlay Ramsay, Rebecca Salvadori and curator Elaine Tam collaborate virtually to bring you Chatroom: Empathy. This one hour program comprises a screening of three existing films, as well as a new collaborative piece. In this, textual response meets remote spoken word performance, a means through which the group consider the intimacy and mediation so prescient to our times.

Program:
1. Chatroom: Empathy (2020), collaborative piece
2. Empathy (2019) by Rebecca Salvadori
3. Stromboli: Interview with a Volcano (2017) by George Finlay Ramsay
4. The Pool (2020) by Geiste Kincinaityte

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About Avantgardening:

"We live in Milan, Europe’s first red zone. Our city and our region have been deeply impacted by the consequences of the virus. We are part of a network of musicians, artists, promoters, curators, activists, technicians, students, writers, dancers, performers, lovers, gardeners. Before all that, we are part of a social tissue that is jeopardized by forced distancing and disillusion. Our aim is to create a platform to raise money for the most vulnerable people in our city.

Avantgardening is a three-day event taking place on Twitch from 17th to 19th April. The program features a vast array of performances; we want to embrace interdisciplinarity and create an exchange of media and languages. Our aim is to transform our communication tools into community ties.

Our Twitch stream will have a “donate” button directly linked to the Paypal account of the Brigate Volontarie per l’Emergenza Milano, a Milan-based organization helping those who are affected by the pandemic, from the elderly to homeless people."

Full programme available here.

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Chatroom: Empathy is mentioned in Rebecca Salvadori's interview with Kabul Magazine here.