Web Res 2020: STIMMING — with Susanna Dye and Manon Ouimet ← WebRes 2020 ← Digital ← Siobhan Davies Dance
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Web Res 2020:
STIMMING: with Susanna Dye and Manon Ouimet
16–22 Jul 2020

Stimming (definition): noun
repetitive actions or movements displayed by neurodivergent people and people with developmental disorders when they are over/ under-stimulated emotionally, or by sensory input from their environment.

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Stimming is a universal aspect of human behaviour, but for neurodivergent people, it serves a purpose. We stim when we experience the world as too loud, too bright, too fast, and too tight. However, it is often these behaviours, and the people doing them who are seen as being 'too much' or 'not enough'. Neurodivergent artist Susanna Dye has been researching stimming in order to integrate her experiences of neurodivergence within her artistic practice. As such, she has been collaborating with photographer Manon Ouimet to share the sensory dialogues of stimming with others, shifting from a position of stigma to one of curiosity and acceptance.

For this WebRes, Manon and Susanna will share seven videos, publish a text on the SDS blog and Susanna will host a Morning Conversation on neurodivergent methods of performance practice. One video will be released a day, between Thursday 16 July through and Wednesday 22 July. They will be available to watch here, on our YouTube and our social media channels.

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READ | Susanna Dye’s text on Stimming as a Neurodivergent Performance Practice on the SDS blog. 

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ATTEND | Morning Conversation

22 July, 11am- 1pm

Susanna Dye hosts an informal conversation on neurodivergent methods of performance practice. This will be an opportunity to share, explore and speculate, taking the following questions as a starting point:

- What does being neurodivergent bring to your artistic practice?
- What might a neurodivergent guided artistic method look like?
- What are the aesthetic implications of this?
- From our learning and experiences as neurodivergent artists, what might we dream up for ourselves and for the arts more generally?

This is a conversation for neurodivergent artists, offering a space to share their practices, concerns and imaginings. Taking place on Google Meet, this conversation will be captioned using an automated service. You do not need a user-account or downloaded software to attend this meeting on a desktop computer.

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 WATCH | STIMMING

A hand in close up. The thumb and middle fingers are stroking and rubbing each other. Text overlaying the image read hyper-active, hypo-active in capitals. This image clicks through too YouTube to watch the film.

Susanna in profile, sitting on the floor with her legs crossed. She is rocking back on her sit bones in mid-movement.

3. Susanna’s hand close up, squeezing a stim toy. The stim toy is a translucent squidgy ball, with silver discs inside.

Susanna’s mouth in close up. She is licking her fingers.

Susanna’s torso from her neck to her knees. She is flapping her arms. Text overlaying the image reads hyper-active hypo-active in capitals. This image clicks through too YouTube to watch the film.

Susanna looking down at her hands picking and playing with the ends of her hair. Text overlaying the image reads hyper-active hypo-active in capitals. This image clicks through too YouTube to watch the film.

Susanna’s feet rubbing together. Text overlaying the image reads hyper-active hypo-active in capitals. This image clicks through too YouTube to watch the film.