In this stop-motion short, I try to enter the world of my 9 year old autistic son, James. Some of the scenes depicted are based on the sensory diet, exercises that may look disturbing to most people but actually calm and center autistic people who can get overwhelmed by sensory data.
The focus of the video is not on the problems associated with autism but with the extreme pleasure that James gets from simple sensory experience: the splash of water or the feel of wet earth. Perhaps autism, in its hyperawareness of the tangible, is showing us an alternative route to joy. We all have the capacity to do the Happy Dance.
Inspired by the Quay Brothers, Hiraki Sawa, Temple Grandin, Andrew Solomon and Pipilotti Rist.