Cedric Tai

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Drive Drumming

"Drive Drumming"

A collaboration with Manuel Lima.

I experienced culture shock moving from Detroit to Los Angeles, more so than when we moved to Glasgow, Scotland. I found myself in a new routine with a full-time job and an hour and a half commute from Santa Clarita to Boyle Heights. I had less time to play around with art. I fantasized about the artwork I would make to help me deal with the difficulty of transitioning.

I handed off hours of footage to Manuel Lima, this is an excerpt.

Ross Sinclair
Pictured above, a video still/production shot from Ross & the Realifers: Glasgow vs. Detroit (Band) by Ross Sinclair

''Over Over Over''

Artist-Curator Cedric Tai invited five Glasgow-based artists, Tessa Lynch, Francis McKee, John Nicol, Rosie O'Grady, and Ross Sinclair, to Detroit for an exhibition that investigates what it means to be an artist, creating and sustaining their practices in these cities.

This project is rooted in Tai's introduction to the artistic community of Glasgow, which he saw as having similarities to Detroit's developing art scene. Glasgow could serve as an ideal model for artists to re-imagine Detroit's potential. He worked to learn as much as possible by attending meetings of grassroots organizations (such as GalGael), being a part of the AHRC funded project "The Glasgow Miracle: Materials for Alternative Histories" and leading walking tours through the city of Glasgow. Through these actions he met the five artists in this exhibition, as co-workers, peers and collaborators.

Brixel in Eastern Market


A mashup of the words, brick and pixel, "Brixels" originated as an exploration of participation within public art. The website MakeBrixels.com was co-created with Dan Marchwinsky to assist in generating designs and to allow others to access the patterns. Brixels are an instantaneous, interactive paint-by-numbers kind of activity for an existing community that seeks an accessible way to reclaim ownership of a space. By calling attention to the bricks that make up the walls rather than utilizing the whole wall as a 'blank canvas' it brought up communal conversations about permission, skill, and the relationship between branding and a sense of place.

The image above is a mural on Transmat in Detroit (The door is by the grafitti artist, Shades). Four Brixels were created as part of an original commission with Art X Detroit and three other murals have since been fostered by other groups. Although there may be many more out there as this project is an open framework that anyone can take on.

Moroccan Tile

''Go on Vacation, Rearrange the Furniture''

During my MFA degree show opening at the Glasgow School of Art, I secretly planted small works of art on unsuspecting visitors. Using the artwork composed of tile arrangements to keep their attention, myself and a team of trained volunteers planted small tile pieces on visitors through a process I call reverse pick-pocketing.

''Equilibrium'' - Performed at Jim Lambie's Poetry Club

The work initially began as a challenge between myself and the composer, Thom Norman, to create a new language in our current practice. We found common ground in our interest of the distance between work as it is planned or written, what happens, and what it becomes after it is recorded and disseminated. I was interested in taking the idea of 'recording the music' to an absurd level by conjuring up a contraption similar to a 'Rube Goldberg' or 'Heath Robinson' setup while still representing the music as a moment within a flow.