Dear Transart Community,
After a long winter of political and social strife—punctuated by a busy and productive Winter Residency of presentations at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City and an ELSE journal launch with readings at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn—its April and spring again, and we are fast approaching summer in Berlin.
The Berlin program is now online and the list of Summer courses is here. Current students can find an expanded list of Berlin Courses and their syllabi listed under the Summer Plenary menu in the Members section of our site.
THE IMPERCEPTIBLE SELF
Seed packets from “The Imperceptible Self” dispersed at the Transart Triennale opening in Berlin last summer continue to flower with:
John Newling, a pioneer of public art with a social purpose will be giving an artist’s talk during the Summer Residency on the evening of August 10th in Berlin. His works explore the natural world and the social and economic systems of society – such as money or religion. To this end Newling has innovated the possibilities and benefits for art in a renewed social and conceptual framework. There is news of John’s wonderful current projects—including a new type font Nyman’s Language here.
Transart Institute is fast approaching the 2017 Summer Residency in Berlin! The program is now online and the list of Summer courses is here (http://www.transartadmissions.org/summer-2017). Guest reviewers at this summer residency will include
- Jean-Ulrick Désert (http://www.jeanulrickdesert.com/), a conceptual and visual artist born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti who's art works vary in form: public billboards, actions, paintings, site-specific sculpture, video and art objects all emerging from a tradition of conceptual work engaged with social and cultural practices;
- An Paenhuysen (http://www.anpaenhuysen.com/), a freelance curator, art critic, and educator in Berlin who's curatorial projects include several exhibitions for Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum of Contemporary Art, Gesture Sign Art. Deaf Culture / Hearing Culture in Kunstraum Kreuzberg and is currently experimenting with art writing and literary curating at insitu Berlin;
- Los Angeles and Berlin based artist Kim Schoen's (http://kimschoen.com/) who's work in photography, video installation, and text engages with the rhetoric of display and how the blank repetition of consumer culture often collides with literary influences, exploring the malleability of speech, its translation into texts and images and back again;
- Ece Pazarbaşi (http://raumexperimente.net/en/participant/ece-pazarbasi/) based in Berlin and Instanbul, works and walks on the merged borderline of curatorial practice and artistic research as her main profession and with 13 years of experience in the curatorial and art management field, she has realized many projects over the issues of urbanism, digital and analogue public space, food, participatory art and technology of the human body; and
- Danny Butt (http://dannybutt.net/), an Australian educator, researcher and consultant on culture and technology who is interested in art as a way of knowing with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific region and local knowledge and is also working with the Local Time collective based in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Curator Ece Pazarbaşi, founder of the Berlin Art Grant Clinic will give a crash course on gaining the perspective and tools needed to make a competitive grant application. Learn more about Ece and her clinic here.
Alumna Honi Ryan (MFA 2015) is the recipient of the inaugural Transart Achievement Award, granted to an artist who embodies and practices the core mission of the Transart Institute: positioning itself in the gaps where art practice, knowledge and research processes operate and promoting peace through art, learning, dialogue and social engagement. Recipients are honored for their efforts and receive an award of 1000 USD.
Honi Ryan is an interdisciplinary artist with a nomadic social practice. Her work has intercultural concerns and deals with the present body in relationship to others and their environment. Working with long term social performance projects at the core of her practice, “Urbanites” culminatied in a change in government urban planning policy to include functioning footpaths in central Lahore in a residency program with The Lahore Biennale Foundation and the Goethe Institut Pakistan. Details and news of other current projects by Honi are here: https://www.honiryan.net/
New “Imperceptible Self" scholarships are being awarded this Spring to artists and curators working in Social Practices as well as "Peace and Social Justice” awards, “What ELSE Can We Do? scholarships and assistantship awards. See all awards here. The deadline for admissions with scholarships is April 15th.
All our best,
Jean Marie, Andrew and Cella
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