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Unlearning, learning, learner: a provocation for super vision

Illustration of PhD student writing at his desk, surrounded by surveillance cameras. Illustration by Paul Jackson, LCC.


Considered and effective supervision of practice-based PhDs requires an expansion of and challenge to established modes of hierarchical academic and peer relationships. The production of knowledge, especially in this form-breaking field, cannot be separated from the means by which that output is assessed and circulated. This paper explores these tensions through case-studies based directly on the writer’s experience. It proposes embodied learning - a revisioning of earlier parameters of scholarship – and an informed overhaul of the perspectives, positions and priorities of institutional expectation. It proposes instead a spectrum-wide inclusivity whose radical generosity and creative openness benefits all involved.


Embodied, (non) inclusive, pedagogy, unlearning, embodied learning, reframing knowledge production, practice as research, research as practice


Author Biography

Professor Andrea Luka Zimmerman

Dr Andrea Luka Zimmerman is Professor of Possible Film at Central Saint Martins. Andrea is a Jarman Award winning artist, filmmaker and cultural activist whose multi layered practice calls for a profound re-imagining of the relationship between people, place and ecology. Films include the Artangel-produced 'Here for Life' (2019), which received its world premiere in the Cineasti Del Presente international competition of the Locarno Film Festival (winning a Special Mention), 'Erase and Forget' (2017), premiering at the Berlin Film Festival (nominated for the Original Documentary Award), 'Estate, a Reverie' (2015) (nominated for Best Newcomer at the Grierson awards) and 'Taskafa, Stories of the Street' (2013), written and voiced by the late John Berger. Andrea's films have screened at international film festivals including Berlinale, Locarno, BAFICI, Art of the Reel, Anthology Film Archives, Tate Modern, ICA, Whitechapel Gallery, CCA, Oberhausen, IKSV.  


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