Curated by Cian Quayle, Transmission presents seven artists who have pursued practice based PhD research at Europe's largest art and design University. Opening on 18 October at the Arts Gallery, the exhibition explores how mechanisms of sensory perception and the subjective realm of the artist coincide with received notions of academic research.
Encompassing moving image, sound, performance, graphics, drawing and photography, Transmission features the work of seven international research artists. University of Arts London has been a driving force in creating and defining the territory of practice-based research in the arts.
The transmission of information, visual or otherwise, in these works assumes multiple modes of production and reception. The artists' work is linked by a concern with the relationship between practice and theory, ideas and materiality and how this might be evidenced. Each in different ways plays on a sense of absence, leaving open a space of interpretation, which leads towards new ways of describing our surroundings.
In these works absence is manifest in the distance to a former home or place of origin, the demolition of an architectural landmark, the aftermath of a performance, the transformative fallout revealed through a loss of identity, the wilful absenteeism of the artist as a strategy for viewer/reader engagement, the residual traces and documentation of different forms of artists' journeys and a movement through landscape or the internal space of an archive.
Transmission is ultimately defined by its context within international contemporary fine art practice and research, which incorporates the various integrated research and teaching practices, which have emerged as a direct result of each artist's practice.