Transart Blogs

You will be asked to share your creative process/practice and research with the Transart community by documenting and describe your work monthly. Your process blog keeps us all  informed year-round of one another’s projects, thought and work processes, successes/failures; and it fosters regular writing/articulation of ideas and a creative platform.

You may not be able to provide specific documentation of your project every month. All the things you do to support and inform your practice and project participation in related events, conferences, exhibitions, performances, publications, yours and others are relevant, include them and explain how they connect to your work at Transart. Inclusion of timely proposals and responses to your advisor meetings as well as documentation of your final projects and thesis is required.

Process blogs are reviewed by advisors, faculty and students, fostering more in-depth, insightful and rigorous critiques. Guest curators, artists and theorist will also view your blog unless you have also provided a link to your professional site for the student directory.

The process takes the form of uploading ‘evidence of process’ to your Transart blog on the 15th of each month (minimally the semester months) but to make it a practice, do it every month. Please consider your audience when deciding what and how you communicate – some will not have a history with your work. Reflecting upon and writing about your artwork in this way will also help you become clearer and more articulate, allowing you to create better proposals, and stronger artist statements. Documenting your work will give you additional experience editing and strengthen your presentations. The entire process is intended to give you and your viewers a better perspective on your own work.

Many alumni continue with this practice for a specific project or the entire praxis. Some continue with password protected blogs which they share with the crit groups they continue with after they graduate. A mix of private posts for work in progress and public posts sharing announcements, artist statements, reviews, etc. is highly recommended.

Guidelines
Please make sure that you always adhere to the following guidelines when posting:
• Label your process updates clearly with the month and year that they relate to.
• Remember that it’s in your interests to provide as clear a picture as you can of your activities that month. This doesn’t have to be finished work. It can be documentation of work in progress, notes, sketches or whatever you feel is most appropriate.
• Remember that evidence of process is due on the 15th of each month during semesters. Failure to post triggers the request for an extension “Extenuating Circumstances Form”.
• Don’t delete or remove assignments or blog posts, this is an archive of your process through the program, it will also serve you well in the event of “failed” experiments and differences of opinion in terms of outcome.
• Only use the password: “ti + last two digits of applicable year” (e.g. ti16 etc.) if you want to password protect your blog, otherwise faculty and students will not be able to access it.

Semester descriptions
Along with your monthly uploads of studio documentation, in your Transart blog please provide a 300-600 word description of your studio work each semester. In the simplest terms possible, describe what you have been doing. Be sure to include:
• a clear physical description of the work done including size, quantity, duration etc.
• physical context is helpful, if it’s site specific, why not show us the site? if it’s paintings in your studio a photo of your studio will give us a sense of scale and how you work.
• describe your process of working on this project
• what artists, writers, theorists informed, resonated with, influenced the work and how?
• will your plans for this project change or have they already because of what you did this semester. if so how?
• how did your meetings go with your advisor, what dates did you meet, what was covered?

To note:
“I wrote a blog for my PhD and it helped me get invited to conferences, talks and exhibitions, as well as to communicate with my supervisors.” – Laura Gonzalez, Transart Faculty and Director of Studies

Examples
To inspire you:
MFA (alumna, advisor): http://www.transart.org/quillinans/*
MFA (first year): http://www.transart.org/rocham/*
MFA (second year): http://www.transart.org/ryanh/*
MFA (alumna current project blog): http://apriori-angelikarinnhofer.blogspot.com
PhD (Faculty): http://www.lauragonzalez.co.uk/phd/
* password: trans14