KING CARL THE COOL
King Carl the Cool is the pursuit of a unique dream. It's where Royalty and Rock n Roll sit side by side.
Max is a young man from Melbourne, an expert on Royal families and a lover of rock n roll.
Over the last five years he has written and recieved over 142 letters to Royal families across the world and The Royal who has particularly captured his interest is King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
To honour King Carl, he has written a rock song, (in the chords of C and G) and called it KING CARL the COOL.
This is also the title of our project, in which we, Amelia Ducker and Jo Leishman are going to Sweden with the aim of meeting King Carl.
The dream is to meet the King and perform this song to him live, at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. We also have the alternative plan of performing the song in Stockholm to a live audience and forming a cultural exchange.
Max performed the song live for the first time in the project Genius in Novemeber 2017, a project that highlighted the expertise in neuro-diverse young people, of which Max is one.
We will document this journey on film, with the intention of ensuring this story can then be crafted into two clear artistic outcomes:
1) A short documentary film
2) Content which can be utilized within a performance presentation back in Melbourne Australia in late 2018.
At the core of our work is the ethos of neurodiversity; an approach or paradigm that emerged in the late 1990s and brings forward the idea that neurological differences such as autism, dyslexia, ADHD and other neurological conditions are a result of normal variations of the human genome rather than a medical disorder. Steve Silberman's book Neurotribes suggests that we need to ultimately recognise, celebrate and work with the strengths of those who have neurological differences in order to progress as a society. Silberman claims "It would be safe to say that a lot of the technological and cultural advancements that we encounter in our lives now can be attributed to the work of neurodiverse thinkers."
King Carl the Cool represents an invitation for local, national and global audiences to recognise the unique and valuable contributions of neurodiverse people. It’s an opportunity to shift the lens of how difference is perceived and contribute to supporting those in our communities who have, or are connected with, neurodiverse people.