Why an unschool?
November 19, 2–3:30pm
Transart panel and conversation
How is alternative education important to artistic practice?
Alternative Art School Fair
159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Why is an alternative art education so important to our practices as artists and educators? How does it change our creative work and the way we think, exchange, create and teach? Four artists tell us how and why an alternative educational experience is important to them and their praxis.
Jean Marie Casbarian is an artist and educator who, after receiving her MFA from the low-residency program Milton Avery School of Art at Bard College, came to firmly believe in the alternative education model. Currently on faculty at Transart Institute (Berlin/New York), the ICP-Bard MFA Program and the International Center of Photography Full-Time Programs in New York, her interdisciplinary works are exhibited internationally.
Andrew Cooks‘s rambling Creative Practice PhD profoundly impacted what he does, how he does but most importantly how he thinks and discusses these—most especially with himself. Whilst the formal path took 3+ years he was in fact working toward it for 30+ years and now describes his “practice” simply: its peripatetic and like everything else he does; privileging thinking, drawing, walking, painting, writing and reading, talking, speculating; advocating for the wonderful uselessness of imagining; of being idle and idyll; of whimsy and humour; of ideas—and the subversive nature of pleasure. Andrew teaches at School of Visual Art, Transart Institute and Dutchess Community College.
Andrea Haenggi is a Swiss-born New York-based interdisciplinary artist, experimental choreographer, dancer and educator. She is the catalyst of 1067 PacificPeople, a live performance project that explores the “dancing” humans and the wild urban plants to create encounters and gestures that allows people to experience and questions power, connection, value, intimacy, gender and death in the digital age and often allows them to express things they can’t elsewhere. Andrea an MFA candidate at Transart Institute. 1067pacificpeople.nyc; popupgesturestore.com; andreahaenggi.net
Virgil Wong is a visual artist working with concepts in medicine and technology and has exhibited interactive installations, films, paintings, drawings, and prints in galleries and museums around the world. As a researcher in medical cognition and intelligent technologies at Columbia University, he is studying how time travel simulations of patients’ bodies can increase engagement, motivate disease prevention, improve chronic disease management, optimize patient physician communication, reduce misdiagnoses, and decrease hospital readmission rates. Virgil is an alumni of Transart Institute.
Lynn Book has a 25 year history of interdisciplinary artistic practice that traverses boundaries between performance art, dance, theater, writing and new music forms. Her belief in creative engagement as the most critical competency in the vitality and sustainability of contemporary culture has led her to develop dynamic programs springing from her interdisciplinary approach to creativity. Ms Book is Director of the Program for Creativity and Innovation and Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Wake Forest University and is faculty with Transart Institute.
Artist talks will be 12 minutes each with 45 minutes for a moderated conversation between panelists and audience. Please join us for extended conversations at our table anytime Saturday or Sunday.
January 10–12, 2:30–2:30pm
Transart Winter Residency
EFA Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
2nd Floor, 323 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018
Come talk to us about the MFA, PhD or Summer Academy programs. Please RSVP for an appointment: [email protected]
You will be invited for an afternoon, one to one conversation with a faculty member, advice on your application or input on your portfolio edit.
Get introductions to current students and an invitation to sit in on a student presentation/critique session to see how we tick.
January 14, 7–9pm
ELSE Journal launch
28 Adams Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn
Join us for the launch of the next issue of ELSE Art and Culture Journal, “The Imperceptibe Self” with readings and a reception. Meet faculty, students and learn more about our three year research projects which began this summer with the Transart Triennale and continues with the journal.
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 converstation 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.
The Un-School for International Creative Praxis
Low-residency MFA/PhD + Advanced Artist Summer Academy
Artist-run, post-national and utopian since 2004.
Accredited by Plymouth University, UK