Transart Institute offers a full time international Creative Practice MFA, a practice-based PhD, and a Transart Berlin Summer Academy non-degree certificate program for working artists in a highly individualized and independent format. Students work wherever they live. The innovative MFA program consists of three intensive summer residencies with lectures, workshops, critiques, seminars, performances and exhibitions in Berlin and two winter intensives in New York. In the four semesters between residencies, students create their own course of study realizing individual art and research projects with the support of faculty and self-chosen artist advisors wherever they wish. The PhD is a three to four year program and only offered for creative research. The MFA is geared towards the development of a sustainable artistic praxis rather than training in certain media or genres, challenging students to think conceptually and work creatively in new ways.
Current students work in all genres and media based on what will best articulate their ideas. Transart students and alumni work with activism, animation, creative writing, choreography, curating, dance, cyberart, digital and new media, interventions, film/video, gaming, graphic design, installation, music, painting, performance, photography, robotics, sculpture, sound, text art, and video.
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; Foreignness, Otherness and the Uncanny and Wandering Ecologies.
Transart Faculty comes from a wide range of academic and artistic backgrounds as well as geographic locations. Current theoretical areas of expertise include curatorial work; art activism, cyberfeminism; African diaspora; interface technologies; digital arts; continental philosophy; media; social studies in colonialism, capitalism, and tourism; word and image relationships; psychology, and contemporary Asian art history. Studio faculty include international artists working with sound, performance, dance and choreography, photography, drawing, sculpture, film and video, intervention, and installation.
The Transartist Collective is an international group of artist, academics, curators and theorists affiliated with Transart Institute through the graduate and doctoral program, journal, biennial or other Transart initiative. Collective membership is by invitation through a curatorial jury board. Transartist.net offers artists and curators resources and networks to foster international exhibitions, performances and events. Resources include: curator access to the Transart Collective pool of artists; members calls for submissions, a network for international artists to create their own events; fellowships and curatorial advisement for artist initiated exhibitions and events, sponsored technical and funding support fora, a micro-financing network, start-up funding initiative, shared news, a residency studio exchange, multiple fora for initiating projects and events, discussion groups, social interventions, curator project critique and review resources, archive of Transartist exhibitions, performances and events, juried project funding for proposals, project support exchange group and source for crit groups. website
Transartfest is a triennial with exhibitions, concerts, discussion groups, seminars and workshops, walkshops, performances, screenings, speed crits, alternative tours, and a multi-author book launch. All events are free and open to the public. Limited places are available for all one day workshops, seminars and discussion groups by application. The 2016 Transartfest Triennale will be held in partnership with Berlinerpool and Kühlhaus in Berlin. website
ELSE is a peer-reviewed annual journal that embraces experimental and alternative creative work. 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 Mediation; Performance, Activism; Liminality; Space/Place; Temporary Architecture; Foreignness, Otherness and the Uncanny. website
ACCREDITATION AND HISTORY
Transart Institute was founded in 2004 by two artists. The first summer residency was held in 2005 with an international body of 25 students and eight faculty. The MFA/PhD Creative Practice program is accredited through the School of Art and Media at the University of Plymouth in the UK.