On Neurodiversity  (2019)

A Study Room Guide on Neurodiversity by Daniel Oliver

A Study Room Guide containing a collection of recorded conversations with neurodivergent artists working in Live Art and performance; a list of resources relating to this field and a contextualising essay by the artist Daniel Oliver. This guide responds to a widespread lack of resources available on neurodversity and performance.

“There is not much anywhere on neurodiversity and performance. The few resources and documents that do exist are listed in the resources section of this guide. Because of this lack of existing resources, this is not primarily a guide to documents, texts and objects and other raw materials in the LADA Study room. Instead I have collaborated on making some documents/raw materials for the study room – a growing series of one-to- one conversations between myself and neurodivergent artists who make performances.”

Daniel Oliver’s Study Room Guide was launched with an event at LADA in November 2019.

Read Daniel Oliver's Study Room Guide Listen to Daniel's interviews with neurodivergent artists

Banner image credit:

Weird Séance Incredible Interquel Spectacle, Daniel Oliver, SPILL Festival of Performance 2015. Photo by Guido Mencari.

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