Wendy Jacob - Autism Studio
Wendy Jacob is an artist and research associate at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT. She directs the newly-established Autism Studio in the MIT Visual Arts Program. Since 1989, she has also been part of the artists? collaborative Haha, whose site-based projects and public interventions have been shown internationally. Autism Studio is conceived as a multi-disciplinary studio where new and creative responses to living with autism are developed. In the United States, the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders has risen to one in every 150 children. The studio aims to explore perceptual features afforded by the broad range of autistic experience, and to create objects, spaces, and events that resonate with these experiences. Projects include a club to explore open space, an evening of video screenings and paper shredding, and the design of chairs that hug and clothing and architecture that extend the sensory reach.