October 30, 2020

Transart 2.0 talk series

Transart Institute

(1) Michael Bowdidge, Meccano Duck-Rabbit, 2012. Mixed-media assemblage. (2)  Frank Post, photo for Susanne Martin's workshop "Groove and Move". (3) Winnie Soon and Geoff Cox, Aesthetic Programming: A Handbook of Software Studies, Open Humanities Press.

At last, our first intensive for Transart 2.0. You are warmly invited to attend our new monthly guest and faculty talk series, which will be held in conjunction with this year's extended PhD intensive sessions. Our platform of exchange has widened temporarily and spatially with intensive weekends all year round, translocally, culminating this first academic year in our traditional in-person two-week intensive, in Liverpool, summer 2021.

The last weekend of every month we will hold a topic-based weekend intensive with our PhD students and you are invited to a series of talks driven by the workshop topics, facullty, guest praxis talks or practice research itself. For those interested in pursuing Doctoral studies, the latter talks may be of particular interest.

We are also excited to include somatic and sound practices as well as guided independent peer research sessions to transition into the weekend intensive workshops. As choreographer and TT instructor Kate Hilliard describes in her session, "With the Body":

"It’s apparent that we are with ourselves more than ever. The absence of togetherness and our social pause means that our body matter is more often acknowledged on screen than in the flesh—this creates disparate understandings of the pace of our lives. Digital communication can leave one feeling fragmented. To overcome our new pixelated identity, we need to sigh, see, hold, take in air, and trace with our tongues."

On the translocal front, Yuen Fong Ling has invited PhD students from Sheffield University to participate in a workshop with our students entitled: "The Human Memorial".

And embracing the invitation extended to faculty to curate their own sessions and invite guests local to them in terms of place or field, Geoff Cox is offering a weekend on "Aesthetic Programming" with Winnie Soon and Dean Kenning.

You can find the full program here, and the public talk descriptions here.

Sympoesis published in Art & Education's Classroom series
Drawing on the sympoiesis that characterized their experience working in collaboration, Transart MFA class of 2020 sought contributions from artists and curators around the world to explore the plethora of ways that artists and curators manifest sympoiesis in their practices, culminating in this summer's symposium. A collection of talks, works and screenings can be seen this month on Art & Education here.

About Transart
Transart Institute is a space for experimentation and thinking in any form; for sharing and connecting; and offering practice-based doctoral studies in a low-residency model. We champion self-directed, curious, flexible and independent-minded creative researchers working solo and/or collectively.

Our border-free platform attracts an eclectic international body of students and advisors from equally diverse artistic and academic contexts and geographic locations as part of a global, transdisciplinary research community; creating opportunities to expand, enhance and sustain individual and collective practices in the world, beyond the walls of the academy.

We support research on themes in all creative genres including: art and social technologies; curatorial practices; cultural engagement through food; docufiction and creative writing; ecology and environmental activism; expanded studio practices; experimental pedagogies; fashion and textiles; foreignness, otherness; home, nostalgia and the uncanny; international diaspora and exiled states; language and image; liminal states, interstices, and spacetime; media and design; memory, forgetting, trauma and the archive; movement, dance, choreography; new materialism, object-oriented ontology; olfactory arts; peace, mediation and performative activism; post-nationalism, post-colonialism; publishing as an art practice; robotics; sound, music, field recordings, composing; space and temporary architecture; walking as an art practice.

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