Transmission: Yuen Fong Ling and Juliet Jacques – Tuesday 19 February 2019

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A two-part talk, followed by a conversation:

Yuen Fong Ling will explore the construction of ‘self’ through tactical life modelling where the artist’s body is a supplement to other historical bodies, focusing on the recent project Towards Memorial, which examines the legacy of socialist, writer, poet, and activist Edward Carpenter (1844 –1929), through the making, gifting, and wearing of a pair of sandals.

Juliet Jacques will explore how fiction—and particularly historical fiction—can be useful to the trans community. Jacques will read excerpts from The Woman in the Portrait, 2014, and from her forthcoming collection of short stories.

Yuen Fong Ling is an artist, researcher, and lecturer based in Sheffield. Completing a PhD at University of Lincoln in 2016, entitled A Body of Relations: Reconfiguring the Life Class, and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Sheffield Institute of Art, Ling is the recipient of the Freelands Artists Programme award 2018–20 hosted by Site Gallery.

Juliet Jacques is a writer and filmmaker based in London. Her most recent book is Trans: A Memoir (Verso, 2015). Her latest short film You Will Be Free (2017) has screened at galleries and festivals worldwide. She also hosts Suite (212) on Resonance 104.4fm—a discussion programme that looks at the arts in their social, political, cultural, and historical contexts.

Transmission: Yuen Fong Ling and Juliet Jacques 
Tuesday 19 February 2019, 4.30PM – 6.00PM
Pennine Lecture Theatre, Owen Building
Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus S1 2LW
Please register on Eventbrite.

Transmission is an annual series of lectures and symposia, now in its seventeenth year, and is a collaboration between Fine Art, the Art & Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University, and Site Gallery. Convened by Sharon Kivland in 2001, Transmission was developed collaboratively with Lesley Sanderson from 2001 to 2004, and with Jasper Joseph-Lester from 2004 to 2012. The series is now convened by Sharon Kivland, TC McCormack, Hester Reeve, and Julie Westerman, in association with Site Gallery, Sheffield. The lecture series has an annual theme, and involves students from Fine Art, fromundergraduates to PhDs.

Transmission is the passing of information via a channel, and this is the intention of the Transmission project. We enquire about the aesthetic and discursive forms required by practices in the field of contemporary art and theory that address sociality and subjectivity. It has encompassed a lecture programme, seminar discussions, an annual symposium, a print portfolio, four series of books: Transmission Annual, The Rules of Engagement, Transmission chapbooks, and five volumes of discussions/interviews, entitled Transmission: Speaking and Listening. These are published by Artwords Press, London.

Site Gallery is Sheffield’s international contemporary art space, specialising in moving image, new media, and performance. Pioneering emerging art practices and ideas, Site works in partnership with local, regional, and international collaborators to nurture artistic talent and support the development of contemporary art. At the heart of what Site does is the connection of people to artists and to art, inspiring new thinking and debate through its public programmes and participatory activity. Through diverse programming, Site reveals the process of making art to invite its audience to engage, explore, and connect. In 2018 Site Gallery re-opened after a building programme which trebled the scale of its public area.