Transmission: Andrew Sneddon and Zoë Skoulding – Tuesday 12 March 2019
A discussion that might revolve around the poetics of place, how inspiration might be received from particular locations, gardens and anti-gardens, nature excluded from architectural space, hidden or buried rivers.
Andrew Sneddon is a Scottish artist living and working in the UK. He recently completed his doctorate, Confusions of meaning in the concept of place: An investigation into the role place occupies in influencing the production and reception of the artwork. His research interests focus on exploring the complex engagement with ideas surrounding place. He makes site-responsive works that are installed covertly and explore the relations between people and place with specific attention to traces of cultural memory. He is interested in the habitat and signatures of place and how they are encoded in the material forms of the commonplace.
Zoë Skoulding is a poet, critic, and translator. Her collections of poetry include The Mirror Trade (Seren, 2004); Remains of a Future City (Seren, 2008), longlisted for Wales Book of the Year; The Museum of Disappearing Sounds (Seren, 2013), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry; and Teint: For the Bièvre (Hafan Books, 2016). She has published translations of the Luxembourgish poet Jean Portante, In Reality: Selected Poems (Seren, 2013), and with him has co-translated Jerome Rothenberg into French. Her own poems have been translated into over thirty languages. Her monograph Contemporary Women’s Poetry and Urban Space: Experimental Cities was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013, and she was editor of the international quarterly Poetry Wales 2008–14. She is Reader in the School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at Bangor University. From 2017 to 2018 she co-directed the AHRC network Poetry in Expanded Translation. In 2018 she was a recipient of the Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors for her contribution to poetry.
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, from undergraduates 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.