Our collective isolation highlights that all forms of community are now more important than ever, and it is vital that we find mechanisms to support each other through this precarious time. In the landscape that we have found ourselves in, it is clear that many artists, writers and thinkers have had exhibitions, opportunities and subsequent fees cancelled for the foreseeable future.
In response to this, we have established TRANSMISSIONS an online platform that commissions artists to share their work within a classic DIY TV show format.
Season 2 of TRANSMISSIONS will run as eight weekly episodes screening every Wednesday 9pm BST and repeated on Friday at 9 am BST. The first episode will air on Wednesday 9 September 2020.
The last episode of the season will be curated by the founders of TRANSMISSIONS Anne Duffau, Hana Noorali and Tai Shani.
Each artist included in TRANSMISSIONS is paid a fee in return for their contribution. In some instances, artists have waived their fees in order to donate the money to a charity of their choice. With a sense of community, all the money used to pay artists in season 2 has been kindly donated by established art institutions and commercially stable artists.
Episode 1 | 9 September | 9PM BST
REPLAY | 11 September | 9AM BST
Kat Anderson: Bad Man Nuh Flee
Kat Anderson will show a collection of audio/visual notes on oppression, Black liberation and the white imagination.
Kat Anderson is a visual artist and filmmaker, working under an artistic and research framework called ‘Episodes of Horror’, which uses the genre of horror to discuss representations of mental illness and trauma as experienced by or projected upon Black bodies in media.
Episode 2 | 16 September | 9PM BST
REPLAY | 18 September | 9AM BST
Plastique Fantastique Communiqué: Beware Mars with Earth in Ascendance
W/ Plastique Fantastique / Arianne Churchman & Benedict Drew / Christopher Kirubi / Gentle Stranger
For episode two of the second series of Transmissions 2020, Plastique Fantastique, with Gentle Stranger, Christopher Kirubi and Arianne Churchman & Benedict Drew, offer moving images, stories and songs about planetary problems, below and above. The broadcast will feature clips from a film by Plastique Fantastique commissioned by Southwark Park Galleries.
Episode 3 | 23 September | 9PM BST
REPLAY | 25 September | 9AM BST
Juliet Jacques: Spectres of Socialism
W/ Bill Morrison / Colin Newman / Deimantas Narkevičius / The Duvet Brothers / Erica Scourti / Igor & Gleb Aleinikov / Jasmina Cibic / John Smith / Kerry Tribe / Octavio Cortázar / Oleksiy Radynski / R W Paul / Santiago Álvarez
Less than a year after the UK's traumatic General Election, after a pandemic that would surely have been far better handled if the principles of communality and solidarity had been at the heart of government, Juliet Jacques presents a selection of films that mostly look back at socialist politics and culture. Starting with comrade John Smith's film made in response to the Covid-19 crisis, and the government's chaotic communications, these films - by Jasmina Cibic, Octavia Cortázar, the Duvet Brothers, Deimantas Narkevičius, Oleksiy Radynski, Kerry Tribe and others - engage creatively with ideology and art in Yugoslavia, the USSR, Cuba, the UK and beyond.
Episode 4 | 30 September | 9PM BST
REPLAY | 2 October | 9AM BST
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
W/ Maryam Jafri / Maan Abu Taleb & Others
Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a “Private Ear”. His interest with sound and its intersection with politics originate from his background as a touring musician and facilitator of DIY music. The artists audio investigations has been used as evidence at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and as advocacy for organisations such as Amnesty International and Defence for Children International together with fellow researchers from Forensic Architecture.
Episode 5 | 7 October | 9PM BST
REPLAY | 9 October | 9AM BST
BBZ TV: Past, Present and Future
BBZ present a snapshot into queer Black British archives, memes that shaped us and a re- imagined queertopia.
BBZ is a Black Queer Art & DJ collective raised in London with roots in nightlife and clubbing culture, working to challenge institutionalised and post colonial behaviours. We prioritise the experiences of Black queer womxn, femmes, trans folk and non binary people in all aspects of our work, providing physical and online spaces for this specific community.
Episode 6 | 14 October | 9PM BST
REPLAY | 16 October | 9AM BST
Ignota Books: Deep Deep Dream
Deep Deep Dream by Ignota Books is an experiment in the techniques of awakening and an invitation to touch the dreamworld. You will be guided through a series of simple exercises in three acts. Together they take the form of a palindrome. We have no map to the next world, but the future epoch is asking us a question. What kind of a world do you want to live in?
To move the outer world, you must journey inwards. This transmission is a point of departure. You will be invited to participate by choosing between two paths. All you will need is enough space to lie down on your back and enough space to perform some exercises standing up. A yoga mat and headphones will be helpful, but not essential.
Episode 7 | 21 October | 9PM BST
REPLAY | 23 October | 9AM BST
Curated by Anne Duffau, Hana Noorali and Tai Shani
W/ Adam Christensen / Carolyn Lazard / Hardeep Pandhal / Imran Perretta / Jordan Lord / Sung Tieu / Tabita Rezaire / Lloyd Corporation / Rehana Zaman & Others
Episode 8 | 28 October | 9PM BST
REPLAY | 30 October | 9AM BST
GLITCHED NARRATIVES curated by Legacy Russell
W/ Georgie Grace, Tony Cokes & Others
The films included in Glitched Narratives explore in form and content the material imagination and interventionist potential of 'the glitch', both as a digital aesthetic and radical politic.
TRANSMISSIONS is supported by Somerset House Studios, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Chisenhale Gallery, DACS, Grazer Kunstverein, Matt's Gallery, Studio Oscar Murillo, Netwerk Aalst and Wysing Arts Centre.