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Notes on Teaching, Fall 2022.

Tuesday, December 27th, 2022

Wednesday August 24th 2022.

Notes on Teaching. 

What is your Practice?

What is your Scholarship?

How do you create the space of the creative, community, care, focus, attention and discipline in a room together? How do you make sure each student is seen and heard? How do you teach from your practice, how do you learn from your practice to teach? How do you learn from your students to become a listener, to respond, to teach, to care and foster a place of belonging and working together in a safe space. 

Remind the students you are a human being, remind the students you may make mistakes, you may not know the answer to a question they have. The space of 15 or 14 weeks together allows for them and you to learn together, to see together and to grow together. 

I have often found that maybe someone doesn’t respond to the assignment in a way you thought – this is okay, or the student is going through a process. Think of introductions, assignments, critique, field trips, visiting artists, readings, workshops, emails, lunch, end of the class as a creative opportunity for them and you. Think of constraints as creative. I have always used the time as a collaborator in my classes. What is it to choreograph 3hrs, 6hrs, 15 weeks. How does each student introduce themselves to the class in 3 minutes? How do you critique through a creative response of a drawing, a text, an image. How do you critique in 13 minutes? How do you tell the class they have a ten minute break but you know it’s really 15 minutes. How do you tell a class they have 15 minutes of critique but actually the timer on your phone is set to 12 minutes so you can critique each student fairly in one day, all having the same amount of time. 

Allow a voice to enter the classroom. I always say the teacher is always watching. You may have a class with quiet people, you might have a class that is chatty. You might have someone who is quiet, someone who distances themselves from you. You might think they have a problem with you, you might think they hate you. Quietly approach them, check in on them, make sure you are seeing them, they might still push back but the note of seeing is so important. Remember resources of Academic Advising, Wellness Centre, Dean on Call, your chair, admin team, student affairs, You are not alone. 


Remember this is an ART SCHOOL. This is a rare and unique space. Remember the strange, the weird. Be generative. Know you may need to change things around. At semester end maybe go over all you have done together in the classroom as a review. Remember they are anxious, you are anxious, we are all coming from so many different backgrounds, locally, nationally and internationally. 

One Tip, I learnt from Lin Hixson, if you have a teaching assistant, or if you don’t have one, make a weekly summary of what happens in the classroom and also the homework. Doing this has cut down on emails for me dramatically over the week. Let them know you are available, let them know in an era of on demand it might take you 48 hrs or more to respond. That’s okay. You may wish to tell them you are at school one day a week and you do ‘x’ amount of other things – again we are all human beings. Maybe someone is late for class, maybe someone has not done their homework, that’s okay. Create the space you wish to have in the room you are making in. 

Create the tone. Allow for the creative, joy, grief, anxiety, trauma, love, complexity, difficulty, understanding, quiet, process, suggestions, disruptions, interruptions and the unknown to seep into the space. 

As the day or night begins, make room for one another. 


mark jeffery

Chair and Full Professor, Performance



Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

The below is a text I read aloud at my Fathers funeral on September 9th 2008:

I would like to ask you all now a favour. If you could all close your eyes and think of dad, see an image of dad. Then when you have him with you look at his hands. Look at his strong working hands and keeping this image in your mind open your eyes and look at your hands. Now imagine that dads hands, his hands become our hands, as we move forward now, what do we take forward from and with him, so that dad enters all of our daily lives, not just as a memory but as a direct action, as a response, as an intervention into all of our lives in this room today.


How do we love?

How do we see?

How do we look after one another?


Are we caretakers?

Are we listeners?

Are we gardeners, farmers, or builders?

Are we recyclers?

Are we servers?

Do we listen to the land?


You see his hands could take a piece of damp cotton wool and gently mold it to get rid of crows up Josephine’s nose as she lay as a baby on the table to help her breathe. His hands could lay fields of hedges, brushed, cut and layed down to thicken hedges for finch’s gold and green, to make a nest. His hands can dig into the earth to make foundations, carrying and carting wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow, after wheelbarrow, bale after bale, spade dug, brick, pool, painted, nailed, dart thrown, hand hugged, loved, wrapped around on knee, after spade dug, wellies put into feet, into feet and taken off again, teats milked rubbed and cared for. Our hands are now covered in soil, in dirt, in earth, in dust, in diesel, in petrol, in grass, in wheat, each of our hands holding across a beach – is it skeggie, blackpool, ryhl, prestatyn, is it Scotland, across a sea to Ireland or another one to France, holding Mickey and Minnie’s hand.



Thank you to the farm, to the milking parlour, to the cows nudging and noseying in, into me the sides they were, coming to me to help me, they looked after me when I fell. The black and white cows waiting by his side


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Support ATOM-r

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

TO SUPPORT ATOM-r in $20.14 & we will send YOU: THE OPERATURE BOOK

2013 has been an excellent year for us at ATOM-r! We need your help for 2014! We have fiscal sponsorship with Links Hall Performance Space. Donate $20.14 (or more!) to us before years end and we will send you a copy of our new Augmented Reality Book, signed and your knowledge of helping us continue to build in $20.14 and a tax exempt letter from Links Hall.

IN 2013 we performed at:

Being | Human Arts and Humanities Festival at King’s College in London

Becoming Nomad: Hybrid Spaces, Liquid Architectures and Online Domains at York St John University, York (UK)
Performing House York (UK)
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago as part of Chicago Dancemakers Forum’s Breakout festival
Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago as part of Chicago Torture Justice Memorial
Chicago Cultural Center as part of Shawn Decker’s Prairie Installation
Hyde Park Salon Series, Chicago
Additional performances of the work’s source text as a digital poem took place at Le Cube in Paris & Bibliotek in Bergen
We Taught Workshops at: York St John University, Sussex University, and King’s College London
and then we made a book.
The Operature performance and an accompanying 25-screen exhibition will next be shown March 21-29 2014 (Fridays & Saturdays) at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Chicago, where the collective is in residence.

Goat Island – new DVD A Last, A Quartet a collection of films by Lucy Cash and Goat Island

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Lucy Cash / Goat Island DVD

There's a moment coming


Lucy Cash (UK) and Goat Island (USA) began making moving image works together in 2001 and have since made four uniquely cinematic films which explore different kinds of choreographies for the camera: It’s Aching Like Birds, Dark, Daynightly They re- school you The Bears-Polka and A Last, A Quartet. Shot on S16mm film in Chicago and the UK, each work is both independent of and a companion to the last three live performances by Goat Island: It’s An Earthquake In My Heart; When Will The September Roses Bloom / Last Night Was Only A Comedy and The Lastmaker.

Two of the works in the DVD collection are single screen films and two are moving image works for gallery spaces which have been specially edited as split-screen films for the DVD.

The DVD package includes a booklet of photographs by Chicago-based photographer John W. Sisson and essays by David Williams and Theron Schmidt.

Goat Island / Lucy Cash, London, DVD 49 minutes; with booklet 32 pages. ISBN 978-0-9565621-3-5


PAL DVD available by mail order. Please send check made out to “Goat Island” to Goat Island, 1144 North Hoyne, Chicago IL 60622, USA $17.50, plus postage Institutional orders: $75, plus postage

Please email gtislnd at interaccess dot com to confirm postage costs. Sorry, we don’t take card payments.


Order by card from: Artsadmin Bookshop: Unbound: £12.50 Institutional orders: £50

Please contact us if you would like information about the gallery installation requirements for Daynightly They re-school you or A Last, A Quartet:

Mark Jeffery and Judd Morrissey / Dance Films Kino : Winter Fundraiser & Art Auction

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Judd Morrissey in The Precession

Please Join:
Mark Jeffery and Judd Morrissey / Dance Films Kino
For a Winter Fundraiser & Art Auction
Saturday December 10th 2011
7.30pm onwards
at the artists house for a night of GLOW, CHEER, and Winter DELIGHT with Cocktails, Bites, Musical and Performance Entertainment and an opprtunity to view and participate in an Art Auction.

Mark Jeffery and Judd Morrissey have been invited to This is Performance Art Festival in Glasgow as well as BigScreen Plaza in NYC in 2012 with their large scale work The Precession An 80 Foot long Internet Art Performance Poem. We are needing to fundraise to take the large scale performance to these cities in the spring. The project was initially inspired by a visit to Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam in 2008. A memorial to labour in the form of an intricate New Deal-era celestial map permanently installed at the dam began a complex investigation into monuments, the worker, and astronomical phenomena including precession, the ongoing, cyclical tilting of the earth’s axis that results in changes in what we identify as the polestar over millennia. When we removed the first letter, recession remained. 5 minute Video of The Precession HERE: and 5 minute Video INFO on the artists collaboration HERE:

Dance Films Kino, curated by Sarah Best & co-presented by Links Hall and Hyde Park Arts Center, is a multi-week fest of film to be presented in an environment that evokes a “kino” or private film clubs of the 1920s.

Artworks / Holiday Gifts on Auction include work by Cynthia Ashby, Claire Ashley, Tom Burtonwood Lucy Cash, Laura Goldstein, Claudia Hart,  Lin Hixson, Tiffany Holmes, Carol Jackson,  Mark Jeffery, Judith Leemann, Sara Levine, Judd Morrissey, Teresa Pankratz, Mary Patten, Katherine Schutta, Jennifer Scapettone, Roberto Sifuentes, John W Sisson Jr, Star Lounge Coffee,  Anne Wilson, Faith Wilding.

House (re)Arrangement by Nancy Gildart

2518 w Iowa Street
IL 60622
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