Overview

Transart Institute offers an international low-residency Creative Practice MFA/PhD program for working artists in a highly individualized format. The innovative MFA program consists of three intensive summer residencies with lectures, workshops, critiques, seminars, performances and exhibitions in Europe and two winter residencies 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 work and live. The PhD is a three 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 in all genres and media based on which will best articulate their ideas.

Accreditation and history

Transart Institute was founded in 2004 by two artists. The MFA in New Media program was accredited by the Austrian Ministry of Education and Culture through Donau University Krems, Krems, Austria in 2004 and the first summer residency was held in 2005 with an international body of 25 students and eight faculty. The current MFA/PhD Creative Practice program is accredited through the School of Art and Media at the University of Plymouth in the UK.

Transart research themes

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.

Ongoing initiatives

Transartists are 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 one week event 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