From March 11-22nd SenseLab welcomed Tito Mukhopadhyay and Adam Wolfond. Our time together began with a celebratory launch of Tito Mukhopadhyay’s Plankton Dreams (Open Humanities Press, 2015), where Tito led us through several neurodiverse thought experiments. These led us to the work of Spinoza, who became the focus of day two, agitating across the writings of Adam – on movement, gesture, thought – and those of Tito – on the history of philosophy, rocks and the more-than human. Over the three days, the site of exploration accrued a suppleness, and openness to the various neurodiversities already in our midst. The event changed us.
What kinds of modes of existence does neurodiversity bring into being? What techniques do the neurodiverse make operative to orient themselves (and others) in this predominantly neurotypically-inflected world? What else might the world look like (and feel like) were neurodiverse techniques foregrounded in pedagogy, art, research-creation? What if neurotypicality weren’t the best place from which to collaborate with existence in the making? Through a close reading of Tito Mukhopadhyay’s Plankton Dreams, this SenseLab event invites us to experiment with techniques for neurodiversity. Tito Mukhopadhyay will join us to discuss his new book onTuesday March 18 at 2pm (Concordia University, EV 10-785).
Day 2: coming soon