About the project
Tuning in and turning up the volume on unheard voices.
“Autism is now a multidisciplinary field with roles for biologists, pharmacologists, geneticists, psychiatrists, neurologists and a whole platoon of other-ists” – David Mitchell – author and father
Our Curiosities is the beginning of a collaboration between ‘Otherists’ Daniel Settatree and Catherine Dyson, and young people with ASD/Aspergers in the Pembrokeshire area. Having both worked with children with ASD, we feel strongly that there is a lack of creative opportunities for this community, and that whilst awareness and understanding of autism is improving, the humanity and creative potential of this diverse ‘group’ of people is somehow being forgotten, and that as a consequence our society is missing out on something. One of the recognised defining symptoms of autism is to have intense and highly-focussed interests. We’re curious about what these interests might be and where they might lead. We believe that there is more to all of us than our neurological makeup or our place on a spectrum. We will be piloting a creative collaboration with a small group that we hope will be the start of a longer term project. The first phase of this collaboration will be initiated using disposable cameras given to a group of young people with autism and one of their family members for them to capture their curiosities, which will then be returned to The Otherists, who will respond to the images. The resulting discoveries will be exhibited at “spacetocreate” Riverside Studios (Unit 1, 1 Riverside Quay, Haverfordwest, SA61 2LJ) from 23rd of October- 4th of November.
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