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TRANSMISSIONS

Episodes of TRANSMISSIONS are broadcast at 9pm on Wednesdays and 10am on Fridays. Episodes may contain mature content. Episode 4 with Lawrence Abu Hamdan will be broadcast at 9pm Wednesday 30 September and 10am Friday 2 October.

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Episode 4: Lawrence Abu Hamdan: The Gravedigger and the Prince

An actor was hired to play the gravedigger in "Hamlet." He was asked what the play was about and explained "It's about this gravedigger, who meets a prince...." Beyond, but notwithstanding, self aggrandizement there are many ways in which we can strategically deploy the positioning of ourselves within the stories that we tell. These concerns got me interested to learn more about the ways in which artists think through, reference, build on and abuse the monologue form. Here, three divergent artist positions by Maryam Jafri, Iman Issa and myself are clustered around what I believe to be an excellent archetype of the form written and read by Maan Abu Taleb.

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.

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.

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, many artists, writers and thinkers have had exhibitions, opportunities and subsequent fees postponed or cancelled. 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 at 9 pm BST and repeated on Friday at 9 am BST on www.transmissions.tv. The 1st episode will air on the 9th of September 2020. 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.

Season 2 is funded and supported by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Chisenhale Gallery, DACS, Grazer Kunstverein, Matt's Gallery, Studio Oscar Murillo, Netwerk Aalst, Somerset House Studios and Wysing Arts Centre. TRANSMISSIONS is curated by Anne Duffau, Hana Noorali and Tai Shani.

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