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June 8, 2022

Summer public talks program

Transart Institute

Photos: Aleks Slota.

Join us in Berlin and Liverpool for our summer public talks program! Transart researchers gather this summer to visit the 12th Berlin Biennale, Documenta, and two weeks of workshops, studio visits, presentations, discussions, co-learning and independent research in Liverpool; we also want to share some of the thought-provoking practices we will be contemplating.

Thursday, July 7, 6pm
Aurora. A Platform on Ecology, Interdependence and Mutual Aid
with The Institute for Endotic Research (TIER)

TIER Space
Donaustrase 84
Berlin, DE

Aurora. A Platform on Ecology, Interdependence and Mutual Aid is an interdisciplinary project initiated by TIER. It departs from the notion of mutual aid to understanding the connections between ecology and interdependence. Aurora, which stands for dawn, is among the most common symbols of hope. The project goes beyond criticism, proposing actionable strategies for imagining better futures. Can the notion of mutual aid (understood both from biology and from politics) offer the tools to face the climate crisis and the developing collapse? By focusing on interdependence, could it be possible to anticipate strategies against climate collapse, learning from historical processes inscribed in the colonial program? What role does machine learning play?

In their public talk, The Institute for Endotic Research (TIER) will discuss how the project seeks to combine these views and methodologies to produce a platform with other institutions and collaborators who work in a critical position between art, activism and science. We ask, how can we think and work within ecology from a decolonial perspective and with the logic of mutual aid? Which kinds of speculative fiction are possible to foster the imagination of alternative, more sustainable ways of coexistence among humans, nonhuman lifeforms and nonliving entities based on interdependence?

Aurora. A Platform on Ecology, Interdependence and Mutual Aid is a project assembled by The Institute for Endotic Research with MELT (Ren Loren Britton & Isabel Paehr), Linda Zhang & Dr Biko Mandela Gray, Nnenna Onuoha, Shoufay Derz, Mordo (Aline Baiana, Camila de Caux & Eric Macedo), Ana Alonso & Andrea Acosta, and Romuald Krężel.

Wednesday, July 20, 6pm
Creative researcher talk: Gabriela Saenger Silva

Exhibition Research Lab
John Lennon Art and Design Building
Duckinfield Street
Liverpool, UK

How do we share and experience to the point it can turn into theory? In this talk Gabriela Saenger Silva will share found creative research methods from works with artists and experimental education programmes that can help the development of critical concepts and writing.

Gabriela Saenger Silva is an educator and arts practitioner who specialises in community and socially engaged practices. Gabriela was Operations Coordinator for Mercosul Biennial Pedagogical and Public Programme from 2007 to 2013. guest curator for Bienal de São Paulo 2018 and Mediation Coordinator for Liverpool Biennial in 2016 and 2018, where she was responsible for the experimental programme The City is a school. She holds a BA in Public Relations and MA in Theory, History and Critics of Visual Arts,

The Art Doctors podcast
If you can't join us in person four our summer public talks, lend your ears to The Art Doctors, a podcast where Transart PhD alums and current supervisors Lisa Osborn and Kit Danowski work out ideas about the PhD. From discussions about the reasons to do a PhD as a practicing artist, to unpacking epistemology and ontology and thinking about tactit knowledge and affect, The Art Doctors is a great place to start getting your head around creative research at PhD level.

Summer intensive programs
Berlin, more information here. Liverpool, more information here.

MFA or PhD admissions
June 1–July 1 for 2022–23 / September 1–December 1 for 2023–24.
MFA: Susie Quillinan, Head of Masters Studies, MFA [​at​] transart.org or book a zoom conversation with her here.
PhD: Dr Michael Bowdidge, Head of Doctoral Studies, bowdidge [​at​] transart.org or book a zoom conversation with him here.

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