Jack Tan

Artist Jack uses law, social norms and customs as a way of making art. He creates performances, performatives, sculpture, video and participatory projects that highlight the rules that guide human behaviour. Jack trained as a lawyer and worked in civil rights NGOs before becoming an artist. Recent projects include: Four Legs Good (2018) a revival of the medieval animal trials for Compass Festival Leeds; Karaoke Court (2014-ongoing) a singing dispute resolution process; his Singapore Biennale presentation Voices From The Courts examining the vocality of the State Courts of Singapore (2016), Law’s Imagination (2016) a curatorial residency at arebyte exploring legal aesthetics, his solo exhibition How to do things with rules (2015) at the ICA Singapore, and Closure (2012), a year-long residency and exhibition at the UK Department for Health looking at the liquidation of their social work quango. 

Jack was the 2017/18 inaugural Art & Politics Fellow at Goldsmiths’ Dept of Politics and International Relations, and has taught sculpture at the Royal College of Art and University of Brighton. Jack is also a board member of the Scottish Sculpture Workshop. 
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