Transart Blogs

“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

You will be asked to share your creative research and process with the Transart community by documenting, articulating and posting your work online monthly. The process blogs keep us all informed—year-round—of one another’s projects, thought and work processes, successes/failures; and they foster regular writing/articulation of ideas as a creative platform.

You may not be able to provide specific visual documentation of your project every month but 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 so include them and describe how they connect to your work with Transart. 

Inclusion of timely proposals and responses to your advisor meetings, crit groups as well as documentation of your final projects and thesis are required.

Process blogs are reviewed by advisors, faculty and peers fostering more in-depth, insightful and rigorous critiques. Guest curators, artists and writers will also (re)view your blog. 

The blog takes the form of uploading ‘evidence of process’ on the 15th of each month (minimally the semester months as per the Calendar)—we recommend you do it monthly to make it an integral part of your practice. 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 clear and more articulate; allowing you to write better proposals and strongermore focused statements. Documenting your work will give you additional experience editing and strengthening your presentations. The entire blog process is intended to give you and your audience a better perspective on your own work.

Many alumni continue with this practice for a specific project or their entire praxis. Some continue with password protected blogs which they share with crit groups they maintain after graduation. 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 of posting
• remember that it benefits you to provide as clear a picture as possible of your activities that month. This doesn’t have to be finished work: it can be documentation of work in progress, notes, sketches, whatever you feel most appropriately articulates your research
• remember that evidence of process is due on the 15th of each month during both Fall and Spring semesters. Failure to post triggers the request for an extension
• don’t delete or remove assignments or blog posts: the blog is an archive of your process through the program and will also serve you well in the event of failed experiments and differences of opinions, interpretations and outcomes
• only use the password: “ti + last two digits of applicable year” (e.g. ti17 etc.) if you want to password protect your blog otherwise faculty and students will be unable to access

Semester descriptions
long with your monthly uploads of studio documentation please provide a 300-600 word description of your studio work each semester; in the simplest terms 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 an image 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 changed as an outcome of what you did this semester. If so, how?
• how did your meetings with your advisor/s go, what dates did you meet, what was covered?

Examples
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/