Transmissions enable us to experience ideas, energy, data, sounds, events and art from distant and long ago places. In negating temporal and physical boundaries, transmissions sustain traditions between generations and broadcast across borders.
The act of transmission is simultaneously cultural, technological and political, but it is never simple, because transmission requires both senders and receivers, and meanings frequently drift between the two. Messages are distorted, drowned in noise, re-discovered and interpreted, censured, forgotten and forbidden.
Mediated and buffeted by the motions of fashion, genre, bandwidth and fidelity, electromagnetic transmissions are an ever-increasing constant. Electromagnetic frequency bands can be commercialised, purchased and sold, making the content of broadcasts answerable to financial enterprise.
How, as artists, composers, writers and scientists of sound, might we engage with the concept of transmission?
The third annual Irish Sound, Science and Technology Convocation (ISSTC) will be held August 28-29, 2013 at the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dún Laoghaire.
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