Translation - Transmission - Transposition

  • Natalie Ferris (Advisor)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


A free one-day event/symposium convened by Natalie Ferris, Bryony Quinn, Bricks from the Kiln (Andrew Lister and Matt Stuart) and hosted by MA Graphic Media Design at London College of Communication, UAL. Taking place at LCC on 5 June 2019, from 1.30–6.30pm, the event will feature talks, readings, performances, papers and scores that explore ideas and actions related to the three key themes as they are transposed by humans and/or machines, between text and non-text, within written and visual practices. 
The acts of translation, transmission and transposition embody a set of communication problems that present significant debate for designers and writers alike: how is meaning read and/or moved, displaced and/or reproduced via processes such as transmission and transcription. What transformations of meaning take place during these actions? What strategies and ways of knowing remain hidden, pending or unknown? Today, translation is ‘easily converted into metaphor, a state in which it no longer describes a transformative linguistic process between source text and translation, but a general sense of movement or displacement’ (Sophie Collins, Currently & Emotion: Translations, 2016). The potential of translation in this broader critical and cultural sense connects a number of contemporary concerns around transposing and transmitting written and visual messages across space and time, languages and cultural differences.These theoretical debates will inform a series of presentations and investigations by writers, poets, translators, archivists, artists and designers and will address a trans-cultural concern of what it means to communicate from/between text and non-text. 
Confirmed speakers include (further contributors and schedule to be announced):Sophie Collins (poet, writer and translator)J.R. Carpenter (artist and writer)Karen Di Franco (curator and researcher)James Langdon (designer and writer)James Bulley (artist, composer and curator)Rebecca Collins (writer and artist)Florian Roithmayr (artist)
Issue 4 of Bricks from the Kiln is edited by Matthew Stuart and Andrew Walsh-Lister with guest editors Natalie Ferris and Bryony Quinn and published as event and publication. Existing first as a series of presentations taking place across 2019, it will later be transcribed and supplemented as a printed issue, due for release at the end of the year. For further dates and updates please join the mailing list at and/or follow on twitter @b_f_t_k.
Period5 Jun 20196 Jun 2019
Event typeConference
LocationLondon , United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Translation
  • Translation and art
  • Translation history
  • design theory
  • design
  • digital humanities
  • communications
  • Cultural history