The Pedagogies of Dissent

As part of the Lab of Dissent 2.0 I brought my A level students from Salisbury 6th Form College to the gallery, inviting them to interact with the artists present and the works displayed, a form of disruption for a space traditionally dedicated to showing ‘professional artists’, thus excluding children. They created their own collective response as a large cyanotype print which is still to be revealed back in the classroom.

During their visit in the gallery, artist Sharon Harvey drew them in action, a true revelation of their own process recorded live and a deep impact on their realisation of their presence in the space as artists themselves.

Quick drawing of students in action by artist Sharon Harvey-27.11.19

Against the grain or with the flow?

Performance ; Against the grain or with the flow?
5 December 2019 from 5pm
@ Winchester Gallery, Park Avenue

Artist; Laurence Dube-Rushby

Through my interaction with materials, I explore my connection with institutions both artistic and educational. Are we In or Out?

Despite an initial resistance to entering the education system, I question whether my radical PhD research study in ‘live art as an alternative pedagogical tool in seoncdary education’ may have moved me to self-educate as a Teacher [with a ‘Beuysian’ perspective].

I ask; what is the space for artistic endeavour and freedom within the curriculum? How does dissent and resistance become a medium for learning? Is there still space for making a mark in a capitalistic education system girded towards the production of a workforce?
Can we work against the grain within the flow of education to create a change making practice?

What does flow look like?
What does the grain entice?
How much should we give away in order to gain?

Week 2, Ecotone

Where the body becomes a site of resistance between

warm sunlight, brutal concrete, flowing water and passing life.

Water Inside, Outside,

my skin recording change as it happens,

a breathing membrane forms around the body, making,

making sense,

sensing meaning

a fluid connection.

7 November 2019

Embryo (Maija Liepins, Inside)

Ecotone: Defined by Astrida Neimanis (Hydrofeminism…, 2012) as a site of tension between two ecosystems, which also becomes home to new forms of life.

Talk: The pedagogies of Dissent

CAS Artist Laurence Rushby will present this talk at the Inside/Outside Symposium on Saturday 2 November.

Laurence is in the process of a PhD research study in creative pedagogies investigating the potential for disruption and resistance to produce learning through live art practice in education. The research is based on a constructivist approach of learning and is inspired by the work of Chantal Mouffe, Jacques Ranciere and Anthony Shrag, and educationalists Freire, Giroux Robinson and Biesta.

She is interested in inviting people to develop thinking around the potential of ‘working against the grain’ as a  methodology within institutions and looks forward to revisiting the notion of ‘resistance’.

Group name: Mermaids and Pirates

Title; ‘Adrift in the more than human’

(inspired by Astrida Neimanis’ text ‘Hydrofeminism…’, 2012)

Participating Artists:


Four years after the Laboratory of Dissent 1, we , artists, explorers of dissent, teachers and simply humans, are coming back to face the consequences of our actions. Now in a different group settings, we will face the challenges attached to  revisiting the tensions and resistance experienced in our past undertakings. Laurence Dube-Rushby, spent a month as a British Council research fellow in Venice Biennale in August, and offered a text to the group to reflect on, work and diffract from, to perhaps find new consensus. An opportunity to  consider the possibilities of setting new conditions within which one works as much against the grain as  one moves with the flow in creative undertakings. Facing the challenges of new conditions and parameters originally dominated by political, economical and social criteria, we are now having to rethink our positions within a  state of emergency where we consider ourselves as survivors in of the near future in the context of rising tensions around climate change.

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‘The water is coming! No matter what we do, the water is coming!’ (extract of our recent group conversation)

Within this realisation, group 1 invites to consider how we may become ‘more than human’ and  evolve beyond ourselves? How can we build from ‘relational beings’ towards relational ‘doings’ and ‘becomings’?How our environment and spatial awareness, our own bodies will be shaped by our minds through water?  How can our artistic endeavor inform new relational concepts beyond a binary conditioning, through ‘hydrofeminism’, inspired by Astrida Neimanis’ text; (‘Hydrofeminims Or, on becoming a Body of Water’ , in Undutiful daughers: Mobilizing Future Concepts, Bodies and Subjectivities in Feminist Thought and Practice, eds, henirette Gunkel, Chrysanthi Nigianni and Fanny Soderback, NY., Palgrave Macmilllan 2012.)

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