shy*play: Doing Neurodiversity
shy*play

 forthcoming
Change Now Magazine

Writing-with accommodates an interaction that does not necessarily involve two people writing side by side, although this is partly what happened here. A meeting of words, ideas, doubts, and frustrations is affected through a coming-together in a virtual domain. Entering and leaving, pop-up suggestions, chat messages, emojis, and banter surround this interaction at all times: a simultaneity in which a text is always informed by the other and the affective field that looms over it. A directionality of reading is suggested, but never without potential shifts in attention →↓↔↻←→↜↯↙↔.

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Grief Resonance
Anna Arov


When I was asked to write this piece, over a month had passed after participating in the shy* play workshop, so this account is from memory and has evolved in my mind into a map tracing the slipstream of the interaction. The experience has shifted in the frame of my mind away from the chronological or linear, and some interactions may not have even existed in real time...

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Shyness and Introversion as Neuroqueering
shy*play

2023

Who decides what and who gets to be included in the spectrum of neurodiversity? Why are certain tendencies like shyness and introversion considered personality traits, something one has, and others as biological facts, something one is? Even within the realm of neurodiversity, which affirmatively embraces neurodiversity as the diversity of human brains and the variations...

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The Question of Neurodivergence
shy*play

2023

What does diverging presuppose? What is one diverging from? Does diverging always owe something to what came before it? Does diverging always follow an existing path? Is difference always in relation to a norm? Either...or..., either...or..., either...or...Ugh, such a negative and human-centric approach! 

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Depression as Relational
shy*play

2023

I struggle with depression. It feels like it looms over me, always ready to kick in. Even in my most joyous moments, depression lurks in the background. They call it “the state of depression.” “You are depressed.” “I am depressed.” How many times have I repeated these words to myself: “Am I depressed?”

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The Desire for Neurodivergence
shy*play

2023

A question that has been repeatedly directed towards neurodivergent/neurodiverse people is: "If your neurodivergence(s) could be cured, would you pursue that path of potential liberation?" "What if a magical pill or behavioural therapy would allow you instant access to normativity? Surely, a society without neurodiversity/neurodivergence would come ever closer to a utopia.”

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Art as “Bodying”
shy*play

2023

Erin Manning argues that, following process philosophy, "bodying" is a more accurate term than "body". Rather than rejecting the idea of a body, it departs from the notion that forms are not pre-constituted and separate from the ecologies that shape them. Manning emphasises that ecologies always precede bodies and constitute them as "always more than one”.

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