When I think about the talk with Danny Raven Tan, I straight away think about how honest he was with his talk. The fact that he just doesn’t care anymore makes his presentation very real and entertaining, really hooking us into his presentation. Danny is an artist who expresses his thoughts through his art. He calls himself a conceptual artist. So in 2010 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had to go through surgery and chemo therapy. His mom was also diagnosed with dementia which really hit him hard. His only way out was through art and getting it out. My big takeaway is something he said “God sends his toughest soldiers to fight the toughest wars.” which really hit me hard. And the only way to cope with it is to get himself out there by being a “Social Whore” which I found funny. He exhibits his art in his HDB flat where anyone can come by and appreciate.
- Marc Nair, the Singaporean Poet
- Mukul Deva: The Science of Making a Story