A Community of Sensation event #1: Disobedient Tutor Group

29 March 2017

Event #1: Disobedient Tutor Group

Wednesday 29 March, 7 - 9pm

Nicolson convened 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 discussed 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 brought to the table.

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


Throughout April 2017 London based artist Fay Nicolson was in residence at Jupiter Woods to develop her on-going project A Community of Sensation. This body of work previously existed as a multi-disciplinary scrap book for reflections on; learning, sense, aesthetics, reading, knowing and acting. Nicolson used 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 built 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 was be punctuated with a series of public events that aimed to gather and solidify a network of people interested in similar ideas and approaches.