Creating Autism

"Creating Autism" was exhibited at St Peter's Cork from Thursday 7th to Wednesday 27th February 2019

An Exhibition with images and words by Stuart Neilson

Exploring the processes that shape autistic identity and the portrayal of autism in our shared language, media and public spaces

The exhibition title emerges from strips torn from pages defining autism in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), overlaid with text written by autistic people

All the images from the exhibition and accompanying video loop are available to view, in sequence, in an online gallery. A number of additional related images are also included in this collection. The video loop describes and animates the image-construction processes, with textual descriptions in the series of blog posts below.

Creating Autism exhibition video loop

Creating Autism, a video presentation by Stuart Neilson on Vimeo.

This voiced and subtitled video loop presents the material on display, with animations of the processes used to create the word diagrams and digital images, and an explanation of my intentions.

Stuart Neilson lectures and writes about the autism spectrum as a health statistician and from his personal perspective of an Asperger syndrome diagnosis in 2009, at the age of 45. He was a founder member of the team that developed the innovative Diploma in Autism Studies at University College Cork, Ireland. He has a degree in computer science and a doctorate in mathematical modelling of inherent susceptibility to fatal disease. Stuart Neilson's most recent publications include "Living with Asperger syndrome and Autism in Ireland", "Painted Lorries of Pakistan" and a chapter on sensory issues and social inclusion in the anthology "Knowing Why: Adult-Diagnosed Autistic People on Life and Autism".

Creating Autism exhibition brochure and illustrated blog articles

Panel Session

Creating Autism Panel Discussion facilitated by Tom Ryan with Megan Goodale, Katarina Karanika, Stuart Neilson and Danielle Sheehy.

Developing and Expressing our Identities

Creating Autism: Developing and Expressing our Identities presented by Katarina Karanika and Danielle Sheehy.

Finding our Spaces

Creating Autism: Finding our Spaces presented by Megan Goodale and Gill Harold.


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