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.
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.
ATTEND | Morning Conversation
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.
WATCH | STIMMING