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Transmission: Speaking & Listening Volume 4
Took place: Saturday 10 December, 2005     [ Photos ]

Edited by Sharon Kivland, Jaspar Joseph-Lester
and Emma Cocker.

Press Release

Gabriel Gbadamosi, Christopher Landoni,
Goshka Macuga, Elizabeth Price, Nigel Cooke,
Julian Walker, Nick Stewart, with essays by Steve Edwards and Gabriel Gbadamosi.

Transmission: Speaking & Listening is published by Site Gallery and distributed by
Cornerhouse Publications.

Read press release for Transmission: Portfolio.


Simon Morris, Victor Burgin, Mark Titchner, ArtLab C. Cullinan + J. Richards, Lucy Harrison, Brigid McLeer, Vera Dieterich and Caroline Rooney.

Inscription Symposium with speakers Jane Rendell, Sally OReilly and Pavel Büchler.


You are cordially invited to the launch of 'Transmission: Speaking and Listening Volume 4', edited by Sharon Kivland, Jaspar Joseph-Lester and Emma Cocker.

The publication will be presented within the context of the exhibition 'Portfolio 2' curated by Andrew Sneddon, on Saturday 10th December 18.30 - 20.30 (after party 21.00 onward) at ®edux.
[Doorman on the night at 118 Commercial Street entrance]

'Transmission: Speaking and Listening' is an annual series of lectures organized by the Fine Art Department, Sheffield Hallam University, in collaboration with Site Gallery and the Showroom Cinema. Artists and practitioners from various fields, discuss their work in relation to a particular concept which might also take note of kinds of audiences and their speech, dialect and subject positions.

The discussions, with works by the artists often specifically conceived for the book, and critical essays addressing these concepts, are published each year in volumes designed by Ben Weaver and Patrick Ward and edited by Sharon Kivland, Jaspar Joseph-Lester, and Emma Cocker.

The series has endeavoured to amplify and record those dialogues, so as to initiate new debates around the active conditions of contemporary art. Volumes 1 to 4 are now available, volume 5 is forthcoming in 2006. ®edux will launch the publication of volume 4 in the context of 'Portfolio 2'. Curated by Andrew Sneddon the works comprising the 'portfolio' are the result of the collaboration of those artists with 'Transmission: Speaking & Listening' in 2003 and 2004.

'Portfolio 2' is a collection of framed limited edition prints which will be available for purchase at ®edux on the occasion of the 'Transmission 4' launch.

Sales will support not only the art but also the survival of ®edux as an independent group and practice, and in making possible serious commitments to future works.

The first semester's lectures in the series 'Transmission: Speaking and Listening' took up the theme of provenance. 'Provenance' generally means the place of origin, yet it takes on rather more complex meanings in relation to art and art objects, and the market or value systems that contain them. It may refer to the relationship between an art object and its exhibition venue, its juxtaposition with other objects, other artists,

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with collections, critics and catalogue essays, as well as to other matters of lineage or traceability. For the connoisseur, the search for an art object's provenance serves as a guarantee of the object's authenticity. It may also be considered in terms of a cross-referential indexical system, mapping relations between people, objects and their place in the world.

The second series of lectures and a symposium took up the reading of works of art, when works of art are produced as texts or incorporate text within them.

This might imply that they are designed to be read and if they are read, then they might be supposed to deliver up meaning or lend themselves to unambiguous interpretation, unlike other works of art. Yet works that are letters or have letters (in many forms) are just as elusive as other works, seldom spelling out their message in any literal way. Letters are pictures, and pictures too may be deciphered as textual systems, but there are no pre-existing set of equivalences that will guarantee complete comprehension. Inscription, the act of writing or engraving, is a process forming subjective identities; writer and reader are bound in a relation in which interpretation, inexact or partial, has formal effects.

Steve Edwards, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Christopher Landoni, Elizabeth Price, Goshka Macuga, Nigel Cooke, Julian Walker, Nick Stewart, Simon Morris, Victor Burgin, Artlab, Charlotte Cullinan & Jeanine Richards, Lucy Harrison, Brigid McLeer, Mark Titchner, Vera Dieterich and Caroline Rooney, Jane Rendell, Pavel Buchler, and Sally O'Reilly.

'Transmission: Portfolio 2' includes works by the following artists -
Sarah Staton, Mikey Cuddihey, Dan Hays, George Shaw, Monika Oechsler, David Mabb, Kate Blacker, Simon Periton, Pavel Buchler, Paul Rooney, Conroy / Sanderson, Anne Eggebert, Polly Gould, Jananne Al-Ani, Jemima Stehli, and David Bate.