Issue #2 of ELSE Journal and international events
Transart InstituteTransart Institute
228 Park Ave S. #34726
New York, NY 10003
T +1 347 4109905
ELSE issue 2
“The present issue implies several gestures of intromision. One of them is to occupy the term “contemplation,” not only in the mystical sense of the word, but with connotations coming from different fields. Contemplation is conscious gazing, the in-between space by which dualities like inside/outside, mind/body get to be dissolved in order to elevate the content of the form and the experience within it. An intromision is being made by me in order to dissect dimensions of the concept just through the recognition of what is there: seven projects based on conscious beholding and emergence of meanings.”
–Guest editor Teobaldo Lagos Preller
Preller is based in Berlin and Barcelona as a writer and a PhD Associate Researcher at the research group Art, Globalization, Interculturality at the Universitat de Barcelona, after finishing the MA in Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and the BA in Communication Sciences at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City. His doctoral thesis is about the relationship between art and the public sphere in Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall, focusing on the production of liminal spaces through art practices. He has collaborated with the Freie Universität Berlin, the German Federal Foreign Office and the Jumex Foundation/Collection, as well as in art and theoretical projects as a curator and writer in Europe and Latin America.
ELSE The Journal of International Art, Literature, Theory and Creative Media is an annual journal that welcomes experimental and alternative forms of representing creative work. Peer-reviewed works, projects, and research thematically gravitating towards memory, forgetting, trauma and the archive; language/image; gender; software, materiality and mediality; international diaspora and post-colonialism; cultural engagement through food; role of art in peace meditation; performance activism; liminality; space/place; temporary architecture; foreignness, wandering ecologies, otherness and the uncanny. Published by Transart Institute, e-ISSN: 2334-2765. The issue will be launched in New York in early January. The current issue and further launch information will be found here.
Transart students, faculty, advisors and alumni exhibit and perform together internationally and often. Some of this month’s events include:
–Utopia Tomorrow: The Transart Experience, November 11–January 31, curated by Transart advisor and independent curator Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio for the Goethe Institute, Barcelona. An exhibition including videos, photography, an installation, a performance and silent dinner party with Transart faculty Jean Marie Casbarian, Cella, Klaus Knoll, alumni Honi Ryan and José Drummond, MFA students Abi Tariq and Omar Shoukri.
–Alumna Susie Quillinan curates Movement Fictions in a decommissioned funicular station in Lima, Perú with a collective library including faculty Linda Montano and alumna Victoria Hindley; Lorna Mills’ remake of John Berger’s BBC doc Ways of Seeing and lecture performances.
–Alumnus José Drummond was nominated for the prestigious Sovereign Asian Art Prize for the second time with Cyclone, Parachute and Wonder Wheel—three works from the series “There is no place like it”.
–Alumna Katrina Coombs is interviewed by Huffington Post about her recent exhibition and prize for Absence an installation at the Jamaica Biennale.
–Alumna Stephanie Denz exhibits new oil paintings at the Alison Murray Gallery in Vancouver.
–MFA student Andrea Haenggi hosts the Avant-Jazz show Free-for-All at the PacificPeople Encampment in Brooklyn
–Alumna Astrid Menz exhibits Zweite Nature collages at the Alex Obiger Gallery in Berlin
–Faculty Nicolas Dumit Estevez participates in Then and Now: Ten Years of Residencies at the Center for Brooklyn.
–Advisor Dread Scott is interviewed for Laughter and Forgetting, an ArtSlant Publication as part of Flags, Flowers and Communism for Bucharest Art Week.
–Guest artists Katz und Krieg perform “how to be a truly deep artist” in a Bus for Kunstlerateliers in Germany.
–Alumna Karen Marshall has a major exhibition at Hampshire College with work also included in The Atlantic Monthly for her project Between Girls.
More information on these, new and archived events can be found here: www.transart.org.
The Transart self-directed educational experience.
–Do your creative work and supporting research wherever you live and work.
–Participate in intensive residencies in Europe and New York.
–Choose workshops, seminars, talks, symposia, one to one and group critiques, and cultural excursions every summer.
–Exhibit and present your work to the full group, guest artists, and curators every winter.
–Choose studio and research advisors to support your projects.
–Participate in ongoing, year round critiques with an international cohort.
–Build a sustainable practice, balance relationships and your career with the support of the Transart community.
–Create International relationships and continue to show and perform globally.
The MFA Creative Practice is a two year, low-residency, student-centered, project-oriented program which fosters independent thinking, risk-taking and the creation of an informed and sustainable art praxis. Students are free to pursue work in any art-related genre and to create their own course of study, working independently and with the support of self-chosen studio and research advisors.
The PhD Creative Practice is a three year, low-residency program and only offered for creative research. Your creative practice is the research. Work with two to three advisors from Transart, Plymouth University and a third advisor from outside the program optionally. Participate in intensive residencies in Berlin and New York to present, exchange, experiment and make connections. Work wherever you live.
It’s about the people.
Transart faculty and advisors come from a wide range of academic and artistic backgrounds as well as geographic locations. Studio faculty include international artists working with sound, paint, performance, choreography, photography, curating, sculpture, film, interventions and installation.
The majority of Transart students are emerging and mid-career artists, curators and faculty at other institutions. Students’ experiences at Transart are transformational. New York-based artist Virgil Wong found that “the community I’ve become a part of through Transart is already much more immersive than what I’ve developed in ten years of living and working as an artist in New York City.” For composer and artist David Dunn, “perhaps the most important aspect of the program, to me personally, has been the realization of just how constrained my professional life can be. I have no lack of colleagues or opportunities to present my work but my network of association tends to reinforce a particular set of intellectual and aesthetic assumptions that become the set of assumptions. Transart succeeds at prying apart some of those entrenched viewpoints to provide space for new ideas and concerns. The truly international makeup of the students and faculty reinforces this.”
Current topics: Memory, Forgetting, Trauma and the Archive; Language/Image; Gender; Software, Materiality and Mediality; International Diaspora and Post-Colonialism; Cultural Engagement through Food; Role of Art in Peace and Mediation; Performance Activism; Liminality; Space/Place; Temporary Architecture; Wandering Ecologies; Foreignness, Otherness and Nomadism.
Transart Institute Transart grew out of a desire to go beyond established institutional education where pre-formed and pre-formatted knowledge is passed on to all students in the same way. Transart works the other way around: a plethora of models and diverse input in a multi-perspective environment form a truly student-driven program. The Institute is also a platform for faculty to expand their teaching praxis by making space for creativity and experimentation. Beyond its educational objectives, Transart is engaged in building an international community in support of students, alumni, faculty and their artistic and academic practices.
Accredited by Plymouth University, UK
Letters of funding support are available.
Accepted early applicants are eligible for sponsored funding consultancy program for assistance in sourcing tuition support and scholarships.
See Funding Consultants here