This will be a performance-focussed workshop (no skills required!) in which we play with the idea of preparing for the forthcoming neurodivergent revolution apocalypse. We will use practical exercises, tasks, and discussions to explore ideas around dysfunction, awkwardness, intentionality, humour and euphoria. We will also have the opportunity to share experiences of how the current neurotypical world does and does not work for us and our art practice.
Daniel Oliver is a performance artist who makes awkward participatory performance worlds. They are clunky, raucous, fantastical and unashamedly dyspraxic, embracing his off-kilter relationship with co-ordination, social interaction and executive planning.
He has performed and ran workshops throughout the UK and overseas since 2003, and been commissioned, platformed, and supported by organisations and venues such as the Barbican, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Live Art Development Agency, Cabaret Voltaire (Zurich), National Poetry Library, Jerwood Foundation, and Arts Council England.
He teaches in the Drama Department at Queen Mary University of London, where he completed his Ph.D. on awkwardness and contemporary participatory performance. Part of this work will be published by Live Art Development Agency in his forthcoming book ‘Awkwoods: Neurotransgressive adventures in experimental performance and Live Art’.