Master Education in Arts

[sic] scripture

Amy Pickles
Project Research / Hybrid Publishing
Major Master Education in Arts
Year Graduation Year

Master Research & Hybrid Publishing Award

[sic] scripture is an investigation into modes of reading, writing, speaking and listening to scripted texts. The intention: situations where you encounter different identities and perform the ambiguity of not knowing. Through performing, I have come to understand that I am trying to find ways to reach a polyvocal position – polyvocality performed alone, my identity shifts in research and writing; and performed in groups, in workshop scenarios.

In [sic] scripture, decisions involving tone, pace, repetition and references have been made for you, the reader, to think about how words reach you and how they slip from your mouth. The edit, the cut, the montage, has become my methodology off the page too. The form and content of my work are inextricably intertwined. I make scripts from my references. All speak from a marginalised position, sing in a minor key. Performing their subjectivity, when reading their voice as your own, diffuses and diffracts representation. Scripts allow us to speak from a polyvocal position.

Amy Pickles

I am an artist who works in performance, video and writing. Who teaches, but does not use that word. The teaching I do occurs at public organisations in the arts, health and welfare sectors of the UK. Here creativity is used holistically and as a tool to ignite discussion on social issues.

How to use scripts to imagine Counterdiscourses?

I am an artist who works in performance, video and writing. Who teaches, but does not use that word. The teaching I do occurs at public organisations in the arts, health and welfare sectors of the UK. Here creativity is used holistically and as a tool to ignite discussion on social issues. This Master has let me work out how to position myself when the art-making I facilitate is abused, used as a buffer for social injustices and domination over our bodies, as opposed to art that challenges injustice. Responding to and allowing for the body is an act that I draw from feminist pedagogy. A Counterdiscourse is a way of thinking that opposes an institutionalised discourse. This word is important to me. Queer pedagogy infuses my work as a countering, contradicting and changing force.

You're Toxic I'm Slippin' Under. Image: Matthew Arthur Williams
Workshop with no name

My workshops evoke polyvocal moments in reading, speaking and listening exercises. They roam between informal and formal feelings. Participants range in age from five-year-olds to my parents. In between are close friends, peers, colleagues and strangers. Settings range from studio spaces, offices, video calls, a living room, classrooms and in my writing.

Tin Can Communication

For the Master Education in Arts Symposium, I will present A Proposition for Regurgitation (After Lygia).

A Proposition for Regurgitation (After Lygia)

This is a sound and movement work. It experiments with performative methods in queer and feminist pedagogy, and the practices of bodies that work between art and education. Brazilian artist Lygia Clark is one such body; for this presentation, we reimagine aspects of her therapeutic works, Structuration of the Self, originally made in Rio, 1976. We are regurgitating thoughts from queer theorist Jack Halberstam, enacting a surprise pedagogy—a moment of not knowing. The soundtrack contains a multitude of voices to reach poly-vocality in our address to you. This presentation is directed toward your intuition


Exercises in Regurgitation Memory. Image: K.Jazbec

Listen here to the tracks that have been made during [sic] scripture project.

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