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It may be impossible for neurotypical people to fully grasp how neurodivergent people process the world, and vice versa. But the new documentary The Reason I Jump tries to explore the lives of five people on the autism spectrum in ways that will help neurotypical viewers understand them. The film repeatedly emphasizes sensory details, at turns utilizing heightened sounds, a hyper-zoomed focus on specific visual cues, and even shots that try to stimulate one’s sense of touch.
The film is based on the book of the same name by Naoki Higashida, a young nonverbal autistic Japanese man, and so it also pays particular attention to nonverbal subjects, demonstrating how they can communicate with lettercards. The film’s empathy is admirable, though in some ways its techniques only underscore how much of subjective experience is ultimately inarticulable. It’s also worth noting that there’s some controversy over whether Higashida, who was only 13 when the book was published, was influenced by his mother using the discredited practice of facilitated communication during the writing process. With that in mind, one may be skeptical of the passages from the book that are used as poetic narration throughout. Still, the film has valuable insights into the experience of people whose inner complexities are too often dismissed.
The Reason I Jump opens in virtual cinemas on January 8.
Every utopia is a social experiment, the artist suggests in this commission for the Performa performance art biennial, and we’re ultimately the guinea pigs.
“You can’t live in a house that’s built upon your back.” This is one of the more memorable phrases spoken by the scripted lovers of Tschabalala Self’s Sounding Board, what Performa describes in its promotional materials as an “experimental play.” That phrase, uttered by one romantic partner to the other, operates as guidance, warning, dictate,…
The show, which honors the 50th anniversary of an exhibition history once ignored, continues a series of projects documenting Wilmington’s contemporary art scene.
A commitment to trans subjects, and their queer communities, is manifested as a holding environment made approachable by our concern, grounded in intimacy and legacy, enfolding any viewer who will stop, listen, and receive love.
Todd Chandler’s documentary Bulletproof looks at the many people monetizing the societal rot of school shootings.
Two K-12 art teachers will each receive a $1,000 cash gift and an additional $500 to put toward classroom art supplies. Nominations are due October 31.
The artists released the risograph-printed booklet series Organizing Power to assist in the arduous process of assembling a bargaining unit and negotiating.
From 1963 through 1968, Warhol produced nearly 650 films, including hundreds of Screen Tests and dozens of full-length movies.
Melvin Edwards, Maren Hassinger, and Alison Saar are among the artists kicking off the Destination Crenshaw initiative.