Announcing Transart Institute’s First Creative Practice PhD Graduate Christopher Danowski

Dear Transart Community,

Transart Institute is proud to announce our first low-residency Creative Practice PhD graduate Christopher Danowski. This June, Danowski officially completed his PhD in Creative Practice.  Danowski’s thesis, The Medium and the Message: Afro-Cuban Trance and Western Theatrical Performance, investigates the incorporation of Afro-Cuban trance techniques in Western theatrical performance utilizing a methodology that bridges theory and practice. Both his research and studio work led to the articulation of a state of consciousness in performance that Danowski calls hauntological - a concept borrowed from Derrida but redefined to refer to a state of being where reality is co-constituted by the living and the dead, where ancestral spirits are invoked to do the work once reserved for characters. Ultimately, this led to the construction of a creative artifact, The Ghost Lounge, an art work that evokes a hauntological state of consciousness in the viewer.

Christopher Danowski is a theatre and performance artist. He has written over fifty plays, directed, and performed in living rooms, galleries, and unusual spaces (sometimes in theaters). He was artistic director of Theater in My Basement from 1999-2013, and now serves as a founding member of Howl Theatre Project. He is based in Phoenix and his work has been shown locally, in New York, Minneapolis, Seattle, Yucatán, Mexico City, Dublin, Laval, Vienna, Berlin, and Kraków.


Transart Institute’s unique Low-Residency PhD

The only low-residency PhD for artists is offered for creative work only: your artwork IS your research. We foster research in: international diaspora, post-nationalism and post-colonialism; identity; exile; the role of art in peace and mediation; home; space(s) in between; temporary architecture; foreignness, otherness and the uncanny. 

Transart Institute also offers a low-residency MFAin Creative Practice and Advanced Artist Summer Academy.

2017 Summer Intensive
Final application deadline for Transart’s PhD and MFA: July 1
Final application deadline for Transart’s Summer Academy: July 15

More information on Transart’s application process for the PhD, MFA and Academy can he found here.

2017 Summer Course Catalog
To highlight the summer program we have produced an illustrated online summer catalogue which guides you through the Berlin schedule week by week with course descriptions, readings and faculty bios. It is available here: 2017 Summer Residency Catalog

Do you know someone who needs Transart—please put them in touch with us!

All our best, 
Jean Marie, Andrew and Cella


Transart Institute, the art school without borders, founded in 2004. 
Accredited by Plymouth University, UK
Transart Institute offers a global low-residency MFA and the only true low-residency PhD for artists, where the artwork IS the research. Students, advisors and faculty exhibit, perform and publish together internationally with critiques, encounters, excursions, symposia, and workshops in New York, Berlin and Mexico City. 



Photos: Christopher Danowski