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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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