Future Transmission

University Curriculum: University Lecture Program

Non-Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Future Transmission
Spring 2023
Taught By: Abou Farman and Milton Trujillo
Section: A

CRN: 13588

Credits: 3

Etymologically, transmission comes from latin terms that mean to send beyond or across. Today, it also refers to the spread of that which is transmitted - acquiring on the way overtones of contagion, whether of knowledge or disease. In every transmission there is change, in space, in the material or medium, in temporalities, in social and epistemic possibilities. We understand transmission as both a horizontal movement across space or populations as well as a vertical movement from and to other time zones (for eg. generations) that must take into account the medium (for eg. crowds, electromagnetic waves) that connects histories, memories and actions to possibilities and receptions from others as well as from the future/imaginaries of the future. Transmission is not preservation but it is also not a rupture with nor erasure of the past (as with modernity’s future). Thus, transmission allows us to think with different temporalities, spatialities and materialities. Thinking about the politics of transmission, from within settler colonialism and racial capitalism, we will engage both the threats and ideals of transmission using film, anthropology, installation, activism and social theory, considering unusual sites and modes of transmission from possession to prison radio. Who in the beyond is to receive what is sent? How will it be received? There is a strong practical and interdisciplinary component to this course.

College: University Curriculum (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 13

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:32am EDT 9/24/2023