The prefix ‘trans-’ points to some of the problems of universal concepts and ongoing boundary disputes between epistemes. It modifies the meaning of what it is attached to: transaction, transcription, transgression, translocation, transmission, translation, transdisciplinarity, to name only a few of the many examples in contemporary culture. Transart Institute positions itself in these alternative name-spaces where art practice, knowledge production, and research processes operate in the tensions between, across, through, and beyond establishing paradigms. Rather than prefixing meaning, Hito Steyerl talks about artistic research speaking several languages at once – and as “an act of translation”. But if this is the case, the symposium asks how do we further translate ‘trans’ to account for the apparent normalisation of its application?
Join Trans-what? for papers and alternative presentation such as performance-lectures on:
– modes of communication and exchange (trans-actions, trans-missions).
– forms and paradigms through which artistic research operates (trans-scriptions, trans-disciplinarities)
– spaces in which knowledge is formed, produced and disseminated (trans-locations)
– the deeper consequences of changing something to something else (trans-gressions, trans-formations, trans-lations)…
Trans-what? hopes to uncover alternative models of knowledge production; to rethink organizational and institutional structures; to explore the potential of technological paradigms to redefine possibilities; and reveal examples of non-traditional methods, use of non-textual language, speculations, and actions.
Julia Moritz, Head of Education and Public Programs at dOCUMENTA (13) will give the keynote presentation at the symposium. She previously worked for major exhibitions such as Manifesta 7 in Trentino/Alto Adige and the German Pavilion at the 52th Biennale di Venezia.
The Trans-what? Symposium will take place on July 28 at Supermarkt Event Space, Brunnenstr, 64, 13355 Berlin.
The full Transartfest program is online.