INTERNATIONAL Diaspora, Post-Nationalism and Post-Colonialism; Identity; Exile; Role of Art in Peace and Mediation; Space In Between; Home; Temporary Architecture; Cultural Engagement through Food; Foreignness, Otherness and the Uncanny; and Publicness, Collaboration and the Social are areas Transart Institute is paricularly interested in supporting and instigating research, projects and practices in. We champion independent thinking, expermentation and informed endeavors.
WE BEGAN as an independent, utopian, post-national and transdisciplinary “unschool art school”, embodying the idea that participation in a vibrant and current graduate experience requires nomadic possibilities untethered to geography. The focus and strength of Transart has centered on an exceptional international teaching, research and learning program that leads to an MFA or PhD in creative, curatorial and transcultural practices. Adopting a respiratory model of meeting and dispersing, Transart positions itself in the gaps where art practice, knowledge production and research processes operate; in the tensions between, across, through and beyond recognised paradigms. Encouraging active student-driven learning over passive educational models, our students and faculty—from all over the planet—meet bi-annually as we continue to work wherever we live, actively supported by the Transart community.
WE BELIEVE that education is not just a paper-chase and is most relevant, effective and powerful when vitally connected to projects and initiatives in the world—beyond the walls of the academy. By its very nature, Transart creates international research communities that encourage and promote dialogue and collaboration between artists, writers, curators and thinkers across cultures. Driven by our students desires rather than the demands of bureaucracy and real estate we remain agile, responsive and nomadic; currently meeting in Berlin and New York with plans afoot to include Mexico City and Melbourne.
AFTER TEN YEARS of remarkable development we are now entering the next phase in our evolution. The ‘transartist’ vision is continually amplified by a growing global network of artists, curators and creative thinkers working collectively in hybrid ways that span engaged sites and interactive online spaces from Brazil to Australia, Ethiopia to Canada, Pakistan to Iceland. These reverberating actions further stimulate emergent streams of public programming and events such as the Transart Triennale, ELSE Journal and NEST (New Experiments for Sharing Terrain) and drive our educational curiosity even further. This exciting moment finds Transart again at the cutting edge of what schools, arts institutions, communities and broader cultural experiences might be in the twenty-first century. Transart Institute was founded by two artists and remains operated entirely by artists.