Kent + Peoples

The Telepathy Project: Towards an ethics of collaboratively produced knowledge

Veronica Kent  

Sean Peoples

Telepathy, by its very nature, is not something that can be practiced alone hence the inclusion of at least one other person in the research is crucial. What happens when one half of a collaborative duo brings their collaboratively produced knowledge into the academy in the pursuit of a PhD? What questions does this raise for the agency and identity of creative practice researchers in relation to ethics. By looking back on 10 years of collaborative practice Veronica Kent and Sean Peoples will discuss the telepathic methodology they devised to negotiate this territory.

The Telepathy Project (Veronica Kent + Sean Peoples) are a critically acclaimed collaborative duo who have been working together since 2006. Telepathy & dreams serve as extended metaphors & working methods through which they explore alternate ways of being, communicating & collaborating, & act as the premise for the setting up of encounters that test and provoke such relationships. Their projects have been presented in Australia, USA, Germany, Spain, France and India at institutions and festivals such as: The Tarrawarra Biennale, Dark MOFO, Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), The National Gallery of Victoria, (en)counters festival, Mumbai, India and the Musée de l’Objet, France. These projects have been realised collaboratively both between each other & with some 500+ participants and collaborators including other artist collectives such as A Constructed World, the general public, rural communities, students and exhibition audiences taking forms such as; musicals, dream recitals, remote international drawing projects, epic sleepovers, telepathically curated exhibitions, collaborative paintings & institutional interventions. Increasingly their work is discussed in international publications such as ‘Cosa Mentale’ for the Centre Georges Pompidou, France & Journals such as ‘Performance Research’.


Dr. Veronica Kent

2012 PhD, University of Melbourne.
2004- 2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours. University of Melbourne


Sean Peoples

2007 Diploma of Education. University of Melbourne
2004-2006 Bachelor of Fine Art/Painting, Victorian College of the Arts.