Susanna Dye

Hyper-Responsive // Hypo-Responsive | Video | 03 minutes and 53 seconds

Hyper-Responsive // Hypo-Responsive – Audio Description

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.

To see the complete video series for STIMMING, check it out at ‘HOW DO WE TUNE INTO SENSATION?’ exhibition at The Place:

Susanna (she/her/they) is a movement artist working between the fields of theatre, dance and film, exploring how movement and the body are encountered both live, and digitally.

Being both dyspraxic and dyslexic, she has developed an inclusive practice as a facilitator, teacher and choreographer, that is built on movement as a field for individuality and play, making work through exploring the creative potential of neurodivergence and difference.

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