Cedric Tai

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Impromptu Performance Lecture
during a drop-in at Processing Community Day (LA)

Partial transcript from 1/19/2019 at UCLA:

"I have an idea I'd like to present that maybe dovetails with this conference. I'd call it the first annual ADHD conference for artists. ADHD is actually a misnomer, so this Dr. Russell Barkley has given us two much better terms: Time-blindness and Intention Deficit Disorder.

About 4 - 5% of the adult population has Time-Blindness and I am looking at a subsection of that have gone into the arts. I've already begun some preliminary research into artists with Intention-Deficit Disorder. When I took a poll of people to see if they can see signs of ADHD in their work, or if it contributes to their creative work in any way, the responses went against assumptions I had that people went into art because it was more forgiving and it could be more on one's own terms. Often, the overwhelming self-management tasks overshadowed other beliefs such as the necessity for hyperfocus, or being an empath. Dr.Barkley says that those who do good work, do it despite having Intention-Deficit Disorder, not because of it, and YouTube channels such as ''How to ADHD'' devote a good amount of time to note aspects that seem like special powers, quirks worth appreciating, and both can be right.

This focus on how those with Time Blindness experience intense extremes, feelings of all-or-nothing and the reality of stopping altogether in the face of adversity, parallels economic extremes that we are seeing in wealth inequality in America and in the world. This is not a metaphor, but rather the activities that artists with ADHD take on, where often lives are made up of clever strategies for survival, they are a barometer for economic systems with particular demands of flexibility or failure placed on people not on situations.

Amongst the few respondents that have worked for years on being as self-aware as possible, they lamented the lack of research and useful resources for adults with Intention-Deficit Disorder, and that they have had to figure everything out on their own in a complex story of failure, devastation, and self-moderation. I often work with other artists and pride myself on bringing them into a fold of a different way of thinking and working, helping others see the possibility of what I imagine work to be, and how work can be redefined to address salient local and cultural topics.

There are two questions that I would like to present with this ADHD conference, which are controversial and personal: What is the relationship to ADHD and being an artist (using my own practice as a starting point?) And could ADHD symptoms illuminate and even confront Capitalism, where those with the disorder who fail to meet its demands find solidarity?"

Full talk without C.A.R.T. has been found here.

Public Pool

A Themed Fundraiser for Public Pool

Their goal is "to raise $10k to help pay for the following: Gallery expenses: It costs money to run a gallery and community art spaces like ours are not sales driven. Programming: More art shows. More Good Tyme Writers Buffets. More artist workshops for the community." Please note that there are two parts to each work for MAXIMUM fundraising.
Simone DeSousa Gallery

Editions are numerous - Editions are affordable - Editions give a taste of a greater practice - Editions make great gifts - Editions are limited - Editions are serious stuff.

Pictured from top -> bottom, left -> right:

  • 1 of 3 daily calendars (Daily advice, Movie List, Archive)
  • Not-an-Exhibition catalog from ''We Need More _______''
  • Ephemeral Prints (this one was framed by the buyer)
  • Mini industrial concrete pillars (made lovingly with toilet paper rolls and a funnel)
  • Dented rice cakes (makes great book ends)
  • Produced for and on sale exclusively through

    Simone DeSousa Gallery's EDITIONS.

    New work being produced for the upcoming "Edition" themed exhibition opening November 30th in Detroit. This will run until December 23rd and I'll also be re-stocking their store with updated 2019 daily calendars and ceramic holders.

    Come listen to my awkward introduction to the Opposable Thumbs Podcast where I try to keep my project a secret, while tampering my excitement to talk with Rob Ray and Taylor Hokanson by pretending to be able to talk smoothly about... stuff.

    Each episode is spurred by a challenge given to them by a previous guest and everyone has two weeks to respond. The prompt for this week was "Fermentation"

    My submission to an Opposable Thumbs Podcast challenge (for their 1 year anniversary)

    You can find all of their podcasts here: http://www.opposablepodcast.com/

    Maybe you might catch me bartending around at galleries and the occasional museum? This is a generous project by Tatiana Vahan where I try to volunteer when I can. There is more info as well as 2018 Artist Grant Awardees listed on the Bar-Fund website.

    "An event to honor Jordan Biren"

    Memorial for Jordan Biren with the Reader's Chorus at the Velaslavasay Panorama on Saturday, August 4th at 7:30 pm. There will be two performances. Address is 1122 W 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007


    For five years now Detroit Artist and Curator Alice V. Schneider has been plucking fruit right off the vine to delight and entice both artist and collector. This years fruit is both sour and succulent, juicy and M O I S T... it has the power to clean the filthiest of places and dirty up the cleanest of minds. Up until August 4th @ 3309 Caniff St., Hamtramck, MI 48212


    Matt Town's film/painting series where paired up artists would present film(s) one week and painting(s) on another. I was paired with Lorena Espitia in the middle of a palindrome schedule and neither of us knew what the other would present.

    On March 6th I showed "Drive Drumming" a 70-minute long film collaboration with Manuel Lima.

    This was paired up with Lorena Espitia's spinning paintings for the 1-night exhibition. We traded places the following week, where Lorena screened her film and I showed the largest painting that could fit the space as well as a small painting only visible by walking behind the other painting. @ The Reef

    SCROLL exhibitions are curated by Matt Town during his residency where he also will be featuring the work of: Indah Datau, [names redacted], Corey Mcghee, Leslie Dick, John Wu, Toby Kim Lee, Deirdre Bailey, Carl Pomposelli, Keaton Macon, Georgia Lassner, Keith Rocka Knittel, Justin Serulneck, Jake Jones, Adam Feldmeth & Rachel Yezbick

    (An image still from Lorena's screening)


    A collaborate performance from April 8th, 2018 "Untitled Performance with Erik Carlson and Judith Hamann" (@ Bread and Salt, San Diego, CA) Her score featured clouds as possibly inspired by the cloud appreciation society.

    I had previously brought my mechanisms to Detroit for the group show at Simone DeSousa Gallery, "A Paintings Show".

    James Cornish was on trumpet and Yuri Popowycz played viola.

    Photo by Jeff Cancelosi


    A group show where artists were given various photographs of derelict plots of land in Detroit. We were all asked to pick one and to render visual proposals that could help in re-imaginging a space made with the local community. The spot that intrigued me was a former Playground at Linwood & McGraw. I proposed embedding a labryinth pathway into the playground with only a tiled entrance visible from the street as well as a bike rack, and a set of swings. The work was displayed at the Annex Gallery.

    My submission for "Renderings" in Detroit (Playground at Linwood & McGraw) from cedrictai on Vimeo.


    Panel discussion on Sunday May 13th @ Glasgow Autonomous Space (including Lynn Crawford, Francis McKee, John Nicol, Rosie O'Grady & Ross Sinclair)


    A curated exhibition of Detroit-based artists opens on Thursday May 17th @ New Glasgow Society, (including Corrie Baldauf, Olayami Dabls, Bryce Detroit, Michaela Mosher, Andrew Thompson & Graem Whyte

    "LOL Everything Matters" 6 pm, Saturday, March 31st (@ Flophouse, 3123 Parker Dr., Royal Oak, MI, 48073)

    Nine artists from rosa parks studio present works to challenge the post-truth paradigm of imagined truths and the dangers of debunking them: Corrie Baldauf, Jada Bowden, Ruth Koelewyn, Anthony Marcellini, Holliday Martindale, Micheal Nagara, Alice V Schneider, Cedric Tai, Andy Thompson

    I debuted an on-going piece titled "9 to 5 Tarot Postcards".

    A special thanks to Chelsea Schultz for her energy.

    Kickstarter was successful

    OVER OVER OVER Kickstarter / Dual Fundraiser (for the Knight Challenge matching funding) was SUCCESSFUL!


    Recipient of a Knight Foundation Grant of $25,000 towards curatorial projects between Glasgow and Detroit for 2015-17. The first phase debuted in July 2015 at Simone DeSousa Gallery, " Over Over Over". Phase two is currently in the works!