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, artists and current postgraduate students from Central Saint Martins, UAL and beyond. The group meets regularly and has organised symposia, lectures, exhibitions and workshops. We are particularly interested in supporting collaborative research events and presentations.

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

Go to to see past activities or contact us for further information.


A series of seminars examining processes and materials of composition and decomposition of site and place organized by sensingsite.

29 November, 13 December 2019, 10 & 24 January, 7 & 21 February, 6 & 20 March 2020 Room A002.

Central Saint Martins Granary Square London N1C 4AA 10.30am – 13.00pm

Open to all UAL students and staff.

In Spring 2019 sensingsite at Central Saint Martins organized ‘Approaching Estate’. The event sought to examine creative methodologies in relation to an expanded idea of ‘estate’. (see event was launched with ‘What on Earth is the Ground’, a lecture by Professor Tim Ingold, followed at Furtherfield by three days of presentations, performances and screenings by research academics and professionals, artists, activists and students. This new seminar programme, ‘Composting Estate’, will present new research generated out of ‘Approaching Estate’.

29 November: John Hartley (Independent artist) and Susan Trangmar (Central Saint Martins)

13 December: Steven Ball (Central Saint Martins) and Louise Fowler (Museum of London Archaeology)

10 January: Ingrid Pumayalla (Independent artist) and Greer MacKeogh (Chelsea College of Art)

24 January: Pat Naldi (Central Saint Martins) and Julie Marsh (University of Westminster) 7 February: Adriana Cobo-Carey (Central Saint Martins) and Fay Hoolahan (Independent artist)

21 February: Judy Price (Kingston University) and Kate Corder (Independent artist)

6 March: Helena Hunter/Mark Peter Wright (Matterlurgy) and John Wild (Queen Mary University)

20 March: Volkhardt Mueller/John Wylie (The Common Line) and Carali McCall (Independent).

Difference Exchange ( Ben Eastop, Tim Eastop and John Hartley) will be digesting and reprocessing the content of the seminars for attendees to follow as the series progresses.

Please see for updated information on the presentations and booking details.

Please note: places are limited to a maximum of 30, so please be sure you can attend and notify Eventbrite of any cancellation.

sensingsite is organized by Steven Ball and Susan Trangmar


new narrative practices in digital humanities
6.00pm Tuesday 20 March
Central Saint Martins Kings Cross
Room C303 
Christy Hyman
Mapping the Great Dismal Swamp: The Co-Articulation of Sound, Moving Images and Archival Materials
Marc Garrett
Unlocking Proprietal Systems and Reclaiming Narrative Strategies for Artistic Practice
Follow link for further details. 

“I don’t like to talk about it ….”


Dean of School of Art Central Saint Martins

Thursday 9 November Central Saint Martins Room C303 at 6.15pm (bridge)

A presentation that will cover a series of very short talks about aspects of being an artist, or fulfilling the role of the artist, in the context of social change processes that don’t actually require the presence of an artist.

This is a contemplation about the undertakings of focused and specifically motivated communities and the relevance of their artist friend. The session will include an experimental demonstration of paint making and mixing, using materials that would normally service our social and political identity, subtitled: “How to make oil paints at home, or close to where you live”.

In entirety, the presentation is a compilation of short semi-fictional and actual accounts of failure in the production of an individualised arts practice.

followed by drinks

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‘Outside of education I remain committed to long term collaborative initiatives that are typically characterised by a role for artists and art producers in processes of social innovation and local change. I am a Director of Guns to Goods CIC, a collaboration with the artist Karen Lyons, dedicated to the reduction and recycling of gun metal through creative design and sculptural practices. I am the co-founder of Colourground, working with the designer Maxine Kennedy on a long-term mass observation project that is making use of technologies and social interactions to build a global map of colour in the environment. I collaborate with Ruth Potts in the School of Midwifery at University of Salford and we have established and joined the European Co-operative Learning Action Network concerned, committed to the development and design of open learning recognition in support of non-traditional informal learning. I continue to work in a company director role with Islington Mill Arts Club as part of their development with local regeneration in the new cultural quarter in Salford.

I paint at weekends.’

This event is organized by sensingsite www.

The Doctoral Platform at CSM offers PhD candidates the space in which to meet, share research, as well as co-ordinate, curate and participate in a variety of events.

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