Call for applications

Transart Institute : Call for scholarships and applications for Berlin Summer Academy

Transart Institute, Berlin, Germany
Deadline: 15 June 2016

Transart Institute : Call for scholarships and applications for Berlin Summer Academy

Transart Berlin Summer Residency 2015. Photo: Angeliki Avgitidou.

Guest artists and curators attend the summer academy to get a creative surge, revitalize their practice, gain fresh perspectives on their work, experiment in a protected, supportive environment and/or to strike out in a new directions. They are typically mid-career artists and curators who wish to join graduate and doctoral students in workshops, lectures, critiques, exhibitions, and events. Post-residency Transart can help you design a self-study program, support your praxis during the following year and advise you on an MFA or PhD proposal. Post-residency Transartists continue to exhibit, publish, perform and discuss with their international community.

Three weeks: July 24–August 12, 2016
Application deadline: June 15
Tuition: 5000 USD, no fees.



Klaus Knoll Writing Scholarships 

In honor of Transart co-founder and exceptional writer Klaus Knoll, Transart is offering four new scholarships for incoming MFA students who work predominantly with creative writing or for whom writing forms an integral part of their creative practice.

Award is 4000 USD


New Media Art Scholarships 

Two new scholarships in New Media Art are available for students working at the intersection of new technologies and contemporary art.

Award is 4000 USD


“Imperceptible Self” Scholarship for Social Practice open to artists and curators

In connection with the three year Transart Triennale research projects, Transart Institute is pleased to announce two new scholarships for candidates with a demonstrated history of working with socially engaged practices and whose project proposal for the MFA program would follow this trajectory.

Proposed projects will resonate with Transart research areas: identity; exile; the role of art in peace and mediation; space in between; international diaspora, post-nationalism and post-colonialism; home; temporary architecture; cultural engagement through food; foreignness, otherness and the uncanny; or publicness, collaboration and the social and this current triennale theme, the imperceptible self.

MFA + PHD admissions and scholarships deadline: June 1



About Transart Institute

International diaspora, post-nationalism and post-colonialism; identity; exile; the 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 particularly interested in supporting and instigating research, projects and practices in. We champion independent thinking, experimentation 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 21st century. Transart Institute was founded by two artists and remains operated entirely by artists.

Transart Institute
The Un-School for International Creative Practice
Low-residency MFA/PhD + Mid-Career Summer Academy
Artist-run, post-national and utopian since 2004.

Accredited by Plymouth University, UK

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