Excerpt from my interview with August Davis, art historian and curator, (former curator at Winchester Gallery).
Jon Adams is our headline speaker at the Inside/Outside symposium.
According to his social media bio he describes himself as a: Synaesthete, Neurodivergent Polymath, Mental Health Champion, Artist, Poet, Performer, Speaker, Digital Art & Sound Artist, Conceptual Geologist, Vegan Cat lover
“I’ve always felt different from what is usual, from what’s expected. I was called strange peculiar and, on rare occasions, abnormal. Which now I realise I should have found offensive at the time.
I was supposed to fit a pattern that others could see, not me, but it seems I consistently failed them, I failed their criteria. I did not fit in, I didn’t see their patterns that only they could see, so I was an anomaly.
But the question should be, I was anomalous compared to what?
Now I realise looking at this with some experience, and from the outside, that I was not at fault but their pattern-finding and creation was. This is because their criteria as to what was to be considered normal was not inclusive but wrong.
Autistic people are seen as anomalies, we suffer not by being innately autistic, but because of attitudes as we’re seen as broken diseased or as lesser humans because ‘something must be wrong with us’ as we don’t fit ‘others patterns’. I’m only broken by others attitudes and because we are not in charge of our narrative, language or future certainty of survival through possible and threatened genetic engineering … which all in all adds up to a form of mass cultural betrayal adding unnecessary trauma to the autistic community.
This is the traditional view of autism that I and others dissent from, I’m a non-conformist autist and express this through acts of subversion as an artist and though heretical words as an advocate.”
Guest Speaker at the Inside/Outside Symposium Louis Braddock Clarke will talk about his art-research project ‘Untangling Noises of Matter’ which relates to a layer of geography outside of practiced human senses and therefore consciousness.
Louis Braddock Clarke (GB/NL) works as researcher and creative practitioner interpreting notions from domains of art, geography, physics and philosophy. He Seeks out concealed obscurities lurking in daily life, uniting cartographic language, new materialism and modes of peripheral vision.
About the Talk
The shifting landscapes of material in a rapid economic world have led to electromagnetic phenomenas. Louis’ talk will draw in on the techno-centric layers of these human activities, showcasing tools and methods of unearthing the records of deep-time amalgamated in the chaos of signals on the surface. The analysis of these sonic-geologies allows for a positioning of the self within our current shifting landscapes.
CAS Artist Laurence Rushby will present this talk at the Inside/Outside Symposium on Saturday 2 November.
Laurence is in the process of a PhD research study in creative pedagogies investigating the potential for disruption and resistance to produce learning through live art practice in education. The research is based on a constructivist approach of learning and is inspired by the work of Chantal Mouffe, Jacques Ranciere and Anthony Shrag, and educationalists Freire, Giroux Robinson and Biesta.
She is interested in inviting people to develop thinking around the potential of ‘working against the grain’ as a methodology within institutions and looks forward to revisiting the notion of ‘resistance’.
Vivian Chinasa Ezugha will be presenting an extract online from her current project, Performing DNA; social prescription and mental health on Saturday 2 November 2019. She is an international artist whose work has been commissioned by festivals such as SPILL Festival, In Between Time, Pittsburgh Performance Art Festival and so on.
She says “My work sits within a space of flux, I make work that are my acts of protest. As an artist I work with the ethos of sharing to care, what I have to bring is myself and the knowledge of sharing to care. My current research questions relate to mental health, the performance of health and the politics of living within a body marginalised within the care system.”
Artists Karen Wood and James Aldridge will present how different viewpoints, practices and working environments can support a developing awareness of what exists ‘beyond the binary’.
Between November 2018 and November 2019 artists James Aldridge (Wiltshire) and Karen Wood (London) have collaborated as Urban Rural Exchange.
Meeting for bi-monthly walks in Wiltshire and London, and maintaining a dialogue online via instagram, James and Karen have documented their experiences of where they live and work, through collections, bundles, tape drawings and photographs.
‘For me our collaboration is about taking these identities, that we, our work, and our home environments have been given, and exploring them. Blurring the boundaries between them and by doing so deconstructing the labels.’James Aldridge
On November 2nd Karen and James will talk about how place-based arts practices can support a developing awareness of what exists ‘beyond the binary’. Their short talk will take place at our Inside / Outside Symposium at Winchester School of Art.
On November 7th the Urban Rural Exchange exhibition will open at Spitalfields Studios in East London, sharing the artwork that has emerged out of their practice-based exchange.