The Transart Triennale continues Re-framed
On September 15, Re-framed curated by alumni Josephine Turalba and Sonia Barrett will be screened as part of the London Biennale Manila Pollination at the First United Building, Escolta Street in Binondo, Manila, Philippines. Spurring dialogues on syncopations of the permanent and synchronisations of the displaced through built and imaginary structures, artists engage the borrowed concepts of adaptive re-use, sustainability, and re-purposing from architectural frameworks vis-à-vis contemporary existences, otherness, the collective, individual and hybrid identities. ReFramed is a video project that stitches together strands of the Transart Triennale: The Imperceptible Self and the 2016 London Biennale Manila Pollination exploring real and/or imagined architecture for sharing culture and inter-connectedness.
From October 7 to December 22, Minus Ego, an exhibition curated by Transart Advisor Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio will take place at the Goethe-Institut Barcelona, Roger de Flor 224, Barcelona. The Minus Ego project explores both the convergences and divergences of ego, its dependency and independency, its eternity and impermanence. Reflecting on this from within artistic contexts—themselves often filled with egotism—will provide an opportunity to explore the spirit and nature of “I,” “Self,” “Ego” from different perspectives and their relationships with the “We,” the “Other” and different “systems and superstructures.”
New: MFA Advanced Standing
Start in January! Accepted applicants with graduate level work from accredited institutions will be granted one semester of advanced standing to the low-residency MFA Creative Practice. Participate in your first residency January 9–13 in New York City. Scholarships are available.
“The Imperceptible Self” Social Practice Scholarships
In connection with the three year Transart Triennale research projects, scholarships for artists and curators with a demonstrated history of working with Socially Engaged Practices and whose project proposal for the MFA program would follow this trajectory. Proposed projects will resonate with Transart research areas: Identity; Exile; Role of Art in Peace and Mediation; Space In Between; International Diaspora, Post-Nationalism and Post-Colonialism; Home; Temporary Architecture; Cultural Engagement through Food; Foreignness, Otherness and the Uncanny; or Publicness, Collaboration and the Social and the current triennale theme, The Imperceptible Self. Awards are 4,000 USD (1,000 USD per semester). Deadline: March 1, 2017.
Klaus Knoll Writing Scholarships
Scholarships are given in honor of Transart co-founder and exceptional writer Klaus Knoll, Transart is offering scholarships for incoming MFA students who work predominantly with creative writing or for whom writing forms an integral part of their creative practice. Award is 4000 USD (1,000 USD per semester). Deadline: March 1, 2017.
Transart Merit Awards are given for MFA and PhD work to applicants whose practice and proposed projects are of the highest level of artistic achievement. Award is not limited to any media, theme or specific field. Award is 4000 USD (1,000 USD per semester). Deadline: March 1, 2017.
Research at Transart
International diaspora, post-nationalism and post-colonialism; identity; exile; the role of art in peace and mediation; space in between; home; temporary architecture; cultural engagement through food; foreignness, otherness and the uncanny; and publicness, collaboration and the social are areas Transart Institute is particularly interested in supporting and instigating research, projects and practices in. We champion independent thinking, experimentation and informed endeavors. Transart research initiatives, including the Transart Triennale, ELSE Journal and new NEST (New Experiments in Sharing Terrain) project, are what make the Transart educational experience vital, relevant, and useful. Erasing the divide between academia and current cultural concerns, theory and practice, we offer opportunities for students, alumni, faculty and advisors to forge meaningful relationships internationally and across disciplines, to build networks and create experiences that expand, enhance and sustain their practices.
We began as an independent, utopian, post-national and transdisciplinary “unschool art school,” embodying the idea that participation in a vibrant and current graduate experience requires nomadic possibilities untethered to geography. The focus and strength of Transart has centered on an exceptional international teaching, research and learning program that leads to an MFA or PhD in creative, curatorial and transcultural practices. Adopting a respiratory model of meeting and dispersing, Transart positions itself in the gaps where art practice, knowledge production and research processes operate; in the tensions between, across, through and beyond recognised paradigms. Encouraging active student-driven learning over passive educational models, our students and faculty—from all over the planet—meet bi-annually as we continue to work wherever we live, actively supported by the Transart community.
We believe that education is not just a paper-chase and is most relevant, effective and powerful when vitally connected to projects and initiatives in the world—beyond the walls of the academy. By its very nature, Transart creates international research communities that encourage and promote dialogue and collaboration between artists, writers, curators and thinkers across cultures. Driven by our students desires rather than the demands of bureaucracy and real estate we remain agile, responsive and nomadic; currently meeting in Berlin and New York.
After ten years of remarkable development we are now entering the next phase in our evolution. The “transartist” vision is continually amplified by a growing global network of artists, curators and creative thinkers working collectively in hybrid ways that span engaged sites and interactive online spaces from Brazil to Australia, Ethiopia to Canada, Pakistan to Iceland. These reverberating actions further stimulate emergent streams of public programming and events such as the Transart Triennale, ELSE Journal and NEST (New Experiments for Sharing Terrain) and drive our educational curiosity even further. This exciting moment finds Transart again at the cutting edge of what schools, arts institutions, communities and broader cultural experiences might be in the 21st century. Transart Institute was founded by two artists and remains operated entirely by artists.
The Un-School for International Creative Practice
Low-residency MFA/PhD + Mid-Career Summer Academy
Artist-run, post-national and utopian since 2004.
Accredited by Plymouth University, UK