welcome to sensingsite

sensingsite is a practice based research group engaging with questions around the political, material, and sensory natures of site, place, and space. It takes a critical, experimental, and improvisational approach to research methodologies embedded within interdisciplinary art practices across a range of media. 

Membership of the group includes academic researchers and artists, and current postgraduate students from Central Saint Martins, UAL and beyond. The group meets regularly and has organised symposia, lectures, exhibitions and workshops.

sensingsite is organised by Susan Trangmar and Steven Ball for Fine Art Research, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Please contact us for further information

Ingrid Pumayalla performance

En búsqueda del Ícaro interior, Ingrid Pumayalla 2017

Ingrid Pumayalla will be performing En búsqueda del Ícaro interior as part of the REcreative Film School Night class at the Clore Studio, South London Gallery, 7:00pm Wednesday 15 March 2017. For more information and free booking visit the South London Gallery website

Research Presentations

Research Presentations
Greer McKeogh (Chelsea)
Community, Hospitality and the Outsider

Katelyn Toth-Fejel (LCF)

Matt Parker (LCC)
Sonospheric studies of media infrastructure ecologies

Thursday March 23 2017 at 5.30 pm
Museum and Study Collection, Central Saints Martins, Kings Cross

Greer McKeogh Community, Hospitality and the Outsider
My research explores art practice in relation to contemporary interpretations of hospitality and community identity. It attempts to understand notions of hospitality, and the role of and reception of an ‘outsider’, through observing artists’ ability to identify and negotiate areas of critical reflection from an outsider position. To demonstrate ways of receiving and articulating hospitality, I undertake site-specific dialogues within rural communities in Ireland, which coalesce as  a research and practice framework called The Hotel.  The Hotel is a physical starting point for dialogue and a method of art practice in a localised context, locating itself where the identity of a hotel has differing and contested notions for the surrounding community. 

Katelyn Toth-Fejel Fashion-In-Residence
This presentation looks at what it might mean to map the full range of clothing practices associated with a community and place. How might such interactions which are often overlooked and at the margins be visualized through mapping and art practice?

Matt Parker Sonospheric studies of media infrastructure ecologies
Description: This presentation will look at a series of field work visits at major sites of internet infrastructure in Europe. What can be gained by thinking about the infrastructure of the Internet, through vibration? How might sound highlight the complexity, intimacy and emotional texture of the relations between the self and environment?

FROM HOUSE TO SQUARE: A practice based research presentation by FRAN COTTELL

We are pleased to announce the following event as part of a new programme of themed symposia:

A practice based research presentation by

THURSDAY 26 JANUARY 16.30 – 19.30
Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross Room C202 

Fran Cottell is an artist producing performance and installations since the 1970s. Her work questions how to show everyday ephemeral live experiences within the fixed frame of the art institution - how to preserve life, or rather the breath of ‘aliveness’. She has featured in exhibitions, performance art festivals and lectured about her work worldwide. For over 10 years Fran Cottell has also been staging live installations displaying the contents, visitors and occupants of her house for CGPLondon, documented in House: from Display to Back to Front; published by ktpress and supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation.  Fran is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts.


Fran has been collaborating with architect Marianne Mueller since 2011, when documentation of Fran's House Projects were exhibited by the Concrete Geometries Research Cluster; an initiative lead by Marianne that investigates the relationship between architectural form and social behaviour. The installation: The Relational in Architecture was then jointly developed for the research group at the Architectural Association. They recently co-produced (July-August 2016) the intervention Pentagon Petal for the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground. Publication published by Camberwell Press 2016. A book chapter: From House to Square, for Architecture in Effect, Rethinking the Social, Sweden will be published 2017.


Call for Proposals
As part of this event we are inviting proposals from current PhD or post PhD researchers who are working in the field of performance/ sculpture in relation to public and domestic architecture to contribute short presentations to the event. Please contact Susan Trangmar s.trangmar@csm.arts.ac.uk with a title, short proposal max 150 words and personal biography if you would like to present work, deadline January 1 2017. 

King’s Cross Late Autumn Walk

An Invitation to King’s Cross Late Autumn Walk

Kate Corder invites you to take part in a late autumn King’s Cross Walk
at 14:00 on Wednesday 30th November 2016

Using Apple’s Maps app and Google Maps one can observe that satellite images of King’s Cross (London) are yet to be updated to a current view. The map images show an area in early stages of renovation where extended sites are experiencing bulldozing and deconstruction before reconstruction and manipulation by corporate powers takes place. In a transformation process teams of workers are deployed transplanting materials gleaned from other sites to assemble and create other visions. The satellite map images are historic in their observation, because the built environment changes through human labour on an everyday basis. The darkness of dereliction alters. Sites are conjured, as if by magic, in to regenerative usefulness. This new usefulness seeks to cloud memories of dance raves in warehouses of a bygone era, but memories linger as unseen and are sensed. 

The fabricated aggregation of the site diminishes as accumulated materials settle. When we are in the site everyday life surrounds us with presence and the archival map images are seen on device screens for us to compare with the here and now. 

We will meet at the big Oak Tree on King’s Boulevard at 14:00. The Oak was uprooted and travelled from Germany to be replanted here. At 14:15 (allowing for latecomers) we will stroll up the Boulevard observing its stuck down river of gravel*. We will walk down Goods Way observing the Plant Wall and on up to Camley Street Natural Park**. From here we will walk to St Pancras Gardens and observe the Old Church situated in the grounds and the back of St Pancras Hospital. Then we will walk up Camley Street, across the canal to the Regent’s Canal Towpath and walk to King’s Cross Coal Sheds***, and then on to the Lewis Cubitt Park beyond observing all the while materials used to construct the place. The Walk returns, finishing back at the Granary Building at approximately 16:30. 

*The gravel is an aggregate material possibly mined by London Concrete at Sipson (a village experiencing hostility through on-going threats of Heathrow Airport expansion). During glacial melt deep layers of gravels were deposited on riverbeds in the Heathrow region. Over a large flat area the rivers silt accumulated above the gravel producing fertile soil, which has been used by humans for agricultural land and airline travel amongst other things. 

**Camley Street Natural Park is a community garden existing since 1984 and run by London Wildlife Trust. The Park is an inspiration for the plants used in King’s Cross renovation. 

***The Coal Sheds are currently being converted in to a shopping arcade.

Mediating Environments

sensingsite collaborator John Wild will present his latest investigation of the invisible geographies of electromagnetic communications as part of the Mediating Environments exhibition at Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast.

Mediating Environments 

The world beyond the confines of our body is intimately connected to our actions – as much cultural artefact as something wild and other, ‘out there’ – nature and techne vitally expressed through our lives and creations. We continually feed into and are moulded by an interminable flux of co-creative relationships and cycles, reflexive actors who fall in and out of sync with innumerable collectives and circumstances. How we perceive these complex ecologies and the meanings we derive from what we do within them, frames our worldview, subtly affecting how we are subsumed by social fields and evolutionary flows. In this time of accelerating change and spiritual transformation can we come to terms with our uncertain predicament? How to navigate the indescribable, manifold environments in which we are embedded? 

Matthew Bourree | Paula Deji | John Wild 

Opens Thursday 3rd November 6-9pm with a live performance by John Wild at 7.30pm. 

Exhibition continues until Wednesday 23 November
Catalyst Arts Gallery
5 College Court
Belfast BT1 6BS 

The Network :: ‘Network: is a plurality of (organic and artificial) beings, of humans and machines who perform common actions thanks to procedures that make possible their interconnection and interoperation’? (Berardi, 2011) 

The network has become central to our experience of the world, its tentacles reaching into every area of life. Linking together machine to machine, people to machines and people to people through giant invisible networks of information; a technical infrastructure of cables that feeds an invisible infrastructure of wireless signals. 

As part of the mediating environments exhibition John Wild (CODEDGEOMETRY.NET) will be transforming the gallery space into a dysfunctional network of devices, creating an invisible geography of wireless communications, as devices try and fail to establish contact, calling out to each other through unanswered electromagnetic signals. 

This network of electromagnetic communications will be made knowable to visitors to the show through a hand held receiver that makes the invisible geography audible.

On the opening night John Wild will carry out a live electromagnetic audio drift of the gallery. Making use of electromagnetic induction coils and a broad spectrum RF receiver he will allow himself to be guided by the intensities, textures, and ambiances of the site’s electromagnetic transmissions, materialising the invisible architecture of the ‘The Network’.

RUN! RUN! RUN! Biennale 2016

Three female artist/researchers and runners Dr Kai Syng Tan, Annie Grove-White and Dr Carali McCall to explore running as a metaphor and methodology for us to think about the body, gender, ageing, the city and borders. With guests and colleagues including charities Free to Run (an NGO for running for women and girls in Afghanistan), A Mile In Her Shoes (a running group for homeless women) and Headway East London (a charity supporting people affected by brain injury), Eddie Ladd (international performance maker), Dr Karen Throsby (University of Leeds), Joe King (Royal College of Art), Simon Freeman (Like the Wind), Dr Andrew Filmer (Aberystwyth University), Catrin Kean (writer), Dr Alan Latham (UCL), Amelia Johnstone (illustrator) Sarah Brown (Leeds Art Gallery) and Dr Debbie Lisle (Queen’s Belfast). RUN! RUN! RUN! Biennale 2016 is sponsored by Leeds College of Art and presented by RUN! RUN! RUN! International Body for Research.

How does running (dis)connect people across borders?
November 21 / Leeds: Discussion. 2-4pm. MA Creative Studio.
Leeds College of Art Blenheim Walk, LS2 9AQ

How does running (dis)connect people with the city?
November 23 / London: Screening. 6-8pm. Exhibition Room. Pearson Building
Department of Geography. UCL Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

How does running (dis)connect people with their body?
November 24 / Cardiff: Performance. 6-9pm. National Indoors Athletics Centre.
School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University CF23 6XD