‘We Were Here’ by Daniel Bendelman

Saturday 29th April, 12-5pm in Jarman Studio 2

This event is free and unticketed.

We have Aspergers Syndrome, yet we do not have Aspergers Syndrome. We are a voice, and yet we are voiceless.  Who are we? Who were we? ‘We were here’ is the latest project from Installation Artist and Disability Politics activist Daniel Bendelman. Trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, Daniel’s Installation work seeks to uncover, challenge, problemtise and deconstruct ideas of what it ‘is’ to have Autism in today’s complex world of Disability representation. ‘We were here…’ addresses the silencing impact of Autism identity made through the latest changes of the DSM through the political aesthetics of Installation Art.

Positive Triggers

Identity, photographs, torn paper, black paint, projections, minimal lighting.

Negative Triggers

Total Black out (audience): No

What is the audience lighting level?: Low to medium

Flashing Lights or strobe: No

Loud sounds/noises (inc. music): Only Silence

Repetitive noises: The tearing of paper

Drums: No

High-pitched tones: No

Unexpected sounds (eg. Crash): No

Is there background sound/music: No

Interactivity and Participation

Audience invited on stage: Yes

Artist goes into the audience: Yes

Workshop/manual activity: Yes but optional

Are participants required to…

Walk around: Yes

Undertake directed movement: No

Read: Yes

Draw: Optional

Construct things: Optional

Paint: Optional

Sing: No

Participate in pairs or groups with others: Optional


Other Details:

If participants are expected to use materials (eg: markers, pencils, scissors) what are these materials: Markers, pencils, paint.

If the activity is targeted towards this demographic, is it okay for a parent or carer to support children in participation: Yes, but the installation is for an older demographic.

If a child is slower in their movements than other children, is there a capacity for that child to have a turn to participate: Yes

Note: This installation will take place over the course of five hours. It will invite people to participate creatively but it is totally optional. I will be in the space performing, but I will not be talking. Therefore interaction with myself is possible, but limited.

Attention Span Information

Show duration: Five hours

Is there an intermission: Yes, as this is an organic Installation I hope to use a break after the three hour mark to use the material created by those willing to participate and include it into the Installation.

Do the audience need to sit in one place during the show: No

Is it okay for audience members to make a noise/move around during the show (ie: a relaxed performance): Yes

Is there an introduction and if so how long is it: No

Senses, Emotions and Effects

Does your show have any distinctive smells: Markers, paint.

Does your show have any other special effects (eg: smoke machine, bubbles etc): No

Does your show involve exploring any textures, and if so please specify: No

Are balloons used in your show: No

Do any of the characters in your show express anger: Only what the participants choose to express if they so wish

To what extent is your show dialogue driven: None

Are there any props in the performance that you think potential audience members should know about that have not already been mentioned: No