Fay Nicolson: A Community of Sensation

Fay Nicolson: A Community of Sensation

29 March — 30 April 2017

Throughout April 2017 London based artist Fay Nicolson will be in residence at Jupiter Woods to develop her on-going project A Community of Sensation. This body of work currently exists as a multi-disciplinary scrap book for reflections on; learning, sense, aesthetics, reading, knowing and acting. Nicolson will use Jupiter Woods as a site and set to: initiate performative acts; form magnetic collaborations; draft texts that are machines for thinking and scores for doing; and experiment with producing visual, material and sonic collages. 

A Community of Sensation builds on Nicolson’s previous research around the value of embodied learning and its potential for radical or alternative ways of thinking that can operate outside of (or in parallel to) pedagogical strategies based on the primacy of language.

Nicolson’s residency will be punctuated with a series of public events that aim to gather and solidify a network of people interested in similar ideas and approaches. 

Event #1: Disobedient Tutor Group

Wednesday 29 March, 7 - 9pm

Nicolson will convene a gathering of Disobedient Tutors, calling for those who work within art education (and those with an interest in it) to meet, share experiences, and conjure strategies for navigating neo-liberal terrain. We will discuss atomisation and internalization; the contradictions of critical and creative thinkers providing a service; the need to recognise the (student/staff) body and how it occupies and moves through ‘spaces’; the potential for covert strategies and collective actions; and other things you bring to the table.

Nicolson hopes that this meeting will be the first of many and that the gathering can provide an extra-institutional space for artists to think rhizomatically about their practices, education and each other. 

Event #2: Workshop

Saturday 22 April, 1 - 5pm

With the second event on the occasion of her residency, Nicolson will initiate a workshop to explore embodied learning and collaboratively generate new material. We will pool ideas; gather, enact and translate research; and initiate and document (inter)actions. The workshop weaves through ideas of learning; internalised gestures; misreading; copying; the motif or refrain; digression; and latencies between sound, mark and meaning.

Event #3: Listening

Saturday 29 April, 6 - 9pm

Fay Nicolson
Annie Davey
Jenny Moore
Laura Oldfield Ford

To conclude her residency, Fay is inviting Annie Davey, Jenny Moore and Laura Oldfield Ford to share sound and music that has been important to them and opened up new ways of thinking or doing in relation to their practices, or at a particular juncture in their lives. There will be a focus on the (trans)formative possibilities of music, the voice and sound.

Fay has invited contributors that have shared moments of talking about, dancing to or making music with her recently; and hopes to find out more about the music that has moved and informed them and their work. Fay will introduce the evening with some audio works that have been important to her current project A Community of Sensation.