Some photos during Sensory Sense 2014, London
Links for this exhibition
2nd - 28th April 2014
Frame Gallery, 5a Bear Lane, Southwark, SE1 0UH
Sensory Sense is an exhibition that will house experiential installations, workshops, talks and visiting artists on the autistic spectrum.
The exhibition aims to create better awareness and understanding of the autistic sensory world. Each installation offers an opportunity to experience what it may be like to have a sensory processing difficulty. The exhibition starts on UK Autism Awareness Day, 2nd April 2014.
This is Becky Lyddon’s first exhibition where she shows off her experiential installations, provides ‘spectacular tasters’ of training workshops she has developed to provide a clearer understanding of sensory processing disorders and invites along some of the leading autistic artists to exhibit their work. There will also be an interactive element of the exhibition where live link ups will take place with a Sensory Integration School in Mumbai, India.
Becky Lyddon, Founder of Sensory Spectacle and a Masters of the Arts graduate of Central Saint Martins (UAL) in Art and Science hopes that this will “revolutionise the way that those with autism are seen and understood. The exhibition encourages you to learn about why people feel the way they do with over or under stimulation of the senses. One of my pieces of work, Being Ben, is a great example, of what its like to have an auditory processing difficulty. Interaction in the exhibition is a must and very much encouraged as this is how we perceive our surroundings and how it affects our understanding of them.”
Sensory Sense was held at The Frame Gallery, London, SE1 0UH. 'HWCD London' which consists of Borja Valdor and John Villar welcomed the exhibition ‘Squared‘ in July 2013 as well as ‘Sensory Sense’ in April 2014.
Sensory Sense was achieved this year by their eagerness to support awareness and their intention to participate in projects about helping people with disabilities.
I am very grateful for their full support.
Artists at Sensory Sense
Experiential Installation Artist
Exhibiting - 2nd-27th April 2014
Becky will be exhibiting her recent works in a project titled Sensory Sense. This project aims to encourage the public to understnad the differences in sensory processing that about 80% of people on the autistic spectrum may be experiencing.
Becky graduated from an MA in June 2013 from Central Saint Martins, London. This was where this work started to evolve.
Her work aims to create a better awareness of and educate about these sensory experiences in a situation which you can immediately reflect upon. All of her works are experiential installations that engulf you into a new learning experience.
Becky also uses these works to help teach professionals and parents/carers about sensory processing difficulties, the workshops are based on learning through experience and reflecting on this in our own lives and practice. Some of these workshops will be on offer during the exhibition month so please check the exhibition events page for more details on how to book. Please check this site if you would like more information on these or contact us if you would like to book a workshop.
Exhibiting - 2nd-9th April
Jon is presenting a talk on 4th April from 6pm, limited spaces so make sure you book your place here.
Jon works in a wide range of media to explore the ‘hidden or layered’ playing with perceptions of what is normal or what is inaccessible. A geologist by training, Jon’s seeking of the ‘concealed’ in his art often reveals his Aspergers naturally systematic thinking via his inclination and ability to uncover systems within everyday interactions and landscapes.
Jon is currently a Research Fellow in Disability Arts within the Faculty of CCi at the University of Portsmouth. Since a young child sound has always had meaning above and beyond the source or the mere hearing - Jon feels it, becoming able to hold and embrace the sounds. He always subconsciously references his synaesthesia; often playing with ‘found sound’ samples including noise and through either computer or analogue transformative processes creates sound-works for installation or film.
Jon uses a specific software process called ‘Granular synthesis’ which enables him to ‘hide’ and subvert the original sounds presenting them without aural reference to the original source. Granular synthesis the samples are split into grains and layered within soundscapes or clouds – the resulting timbres are sculpted and ‘played’. Jon also applies a similar process to his imagery, photographing everyday ‘patterns’ and transforming these into imagined landscapes and abstract maps.
His sound cloud site name references ‘fragments reassembled’ in different timbres, colours and tones. Often he makes calming tones from noise in the form of slow changing repetitive minimalism, almost aural ‘stimming’ for someone with Aspergers. Whilst it’s never specifically about the Aspergers or dyslexia Jon uses them both intuitively throughout the process to control the sound shaping alongside the synaesthesia.
Exhibiting - 14th-20th April
About David’s artwork(Written by Laura Greenberg, David’s mum because David would not think you needed any explanation)
David is eighteen now. He has enjoyed drawing since he was eight. David’s art is totally original and instinctive.He gets his inspiration from visual stimuli in his every day environment linked to his vast knowledge of endless topics– for this exhibition we have concentrated on newspapers, worksheets and leaflets – however there are endless catalysts which could be listed……..Please visit his website to see a few more examples
He chooses his own mediums and his techniques are self taught from experimentation. He mainly works in ball point and felt tip pen.By viewing the work in the exhibition closely you will start to experience his eye for detail and imagination and to get a feel for how he enjoys drawing for personal pleasure and to make sense of his environment.The latter is often blocked in reality by his significant difference in all areas of sensory processing.
Exhibiting - 21st-27th April
Born in 1963. She grew up with primary immune deficiencies and by the age of 2, in a three day hospital assessment, was diagnosed as psychotic in an archaic era when autism was considered 'Childhood Psychosis'. As understanding of autism broadened in the 1970s from presumptions of psychosis to equally archaic presumptions of emotional distubance, she became assessed as disturbed. Finally diagnosed with language processing disorder in late childhood around 1972 her communication disorder was addressed and she gained functional speech by late childhood.
In 1991, in her mid 20s, her diagnosis of autism was reconfirmed by Australia's leading autism expert at the time. Coming from a family with as many challenges as her own, Donna experienced homelessness from an early age, but went on to resume education and became a qualified teacher with an honors degree in Sociology and a degree in Linguistics, a renowned author, public speaker and a professional autism consultant since 1996.
Donna is the author of two international best selling autobiographies and has 10 published books including 4 text books. As a screenwriter, she wrote the screenplay to "Nobody Nowhere", the first book in her 4 book autobiographical series. That screenplay is currently under option to become a Hollywood film. She is a performance poet, a singer songwriter with several albums, a sculptor and professional artist, whose has sold over 200 original works around the world.
Her art works are highly influenced by having grown up meaning deaf, meaning blind, face blind and living with chronic 'Exposure Anxiety'. As such Donna is a largely kinaesthetic, a physical learner, and so her works rely on movement as expression and as subject. Her works are highly textured and her backgrounds are atmospheric, reflecting spending my of her life context blind. Her well known figurative works are faceless, reflecting her life as extremely face blind.
The characters in her works are often whimsical and solitary. Even in company the characters seem to retain an air of 'their own world' and their 'Exposure Anxiety' is often tangible to the viewer.
She lived in the UK from 1991-2002 when she finally returned to live in Melbourne, Australia with her Welsh husband Chris Samuel. They live in the mountains outside of the city, with their cats, Mini & Max. Now retired due to health issues, Donna now teaches art and drama.