ELAINE (MEI LIN) TAM



is an itinerant 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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The Pool (publication)
Text by Elaine Tam
Design by Eva Mozaz
Images by Geistė Kinčinaitytė
Diagrams by Arthur Gouillart

Interweaving theory and fiction, The Pool is a tripartite piece of performance writing comprising Sessions, Diagrams and Afterword. Sessions takes the form of transcribed interviews charting a series of shore-side events, as it is recounted by an unidentified Narrator. In its relationship to departure the shore is a demarcation; a place where the classical, idealised voyage must risk subversion by Derrida's unforeseen counterpart: the arrivant.

Seduction is the sign of this Other: fraught between familiar and foreign, the Other admits to little else but a haunting magnetism. Throughout the Sessions, this sibylline compulsion is the force driving the Narrator towards perilous engagement — unfurling like the waves to that ecstatic draw of love.

Produced to accompany Geiste Kincinaityte's exhibition smooth space, pleated at Galerija Vartai.


Edition of 45
E-book available here