Transmission is an ongoing collaborative project led by Professor
Michael Corris, Dr Jaspar Joseph-Lester and Dr Sharon Kivland.
Transmission is the passing of information via a channel, and this
has been the intention of the Transmission project to date. It has
encompassed a lecture programme, an annual symposium, a print portfolio,
an on-going series of books (The Rules of Engagement), and this
year, a series of chapbooks, published by Artwords, London. The
lecture series – and the five publications that accompanied
it from 2000-6 – changed its format in October 2007, largely
in order to involve more staff from Fine Art, and to emphasise its
integration into both pedagogy and practice/research.
The title of the lecture series – and the corresponding chapbooks
- is ‘Host’. The series has three parts: hospitality
(2007-8), the stranger/foreigner (2008-9), and the friend (2009-10).
Through this series we aim to consider how the dialogue that takes
place between host and guest opens up contemporary art practice
to a live audience; how this relation constitutes an ethics of hospitality;
and how the agreement between host and guest becomes a code, a duty,
a virtue, and a law. These questions provide a stable foundation
for the Transmission Annual, the Chapbook series, and our participation
in the continuing, collaborative panel, Venice Agendas; the aim
being to develop new research into the how and why of the dialogic
process that is the transmission and reception of art.
From the broader theme of hospitality, we plan to move our discussions
to the particularity – political and philosophical –
of the stranger and the friend. This three-part discussion has already
generated much interest and material, which calls for a wider dissemination.
To this end, we seek to broaden the field of enquiry through a new
publication, and at the same time to consolidate the work already
produced under Transmission.
on SHU's Art and Design Research Centre site
Gallery Talks and Events - Programme and archive of Transmission
Books - distibutors of the Transmission book series
hosts a discussion of the Transmission project