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with Julie Dind (Brown University)

In the second of of our lunchtime Zoom lectures, artist and butoh dancer Julie Dind explores how autistic and neurodivergent modes of being and gesturing can help us to think more openly about the concept of gesture. She argues for the necessity to liberate gestures from the obligation to mean in and on neurotypical terms.

Julie Dind is a fifth-year PhD candidate in Theatre Arts and Performance at Brown University, a butoh dancer and an interdisciplinary artist. Her work is located at the intersection of performance studies, disability studies and philosophy. Her dissertation autistically explores autistic modes of performance. Since 2012, she collaborates with multimedia artist Rolf Gerstlauer on an autistic-artistic project titled ‘Drawing NN inside butoh.’

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