Summer and Winter residencies are the heart of Transart Institute for Creative Research and critical hubs for events and exchange together with a myriad of exhibitions, screenings, performances, publications, conference, talks and other events that take place in-between by Transart members both collaboratively and individually—see them here. Recent residencies have taken place in Berlin and New York City and January 2018 will see us in Mexico City. Transart is committed to being fluid, responsive and nomadic; to being inclusive and with a wide perspective in order to be a relevant, vital, vibrant and global community.

To back up a bit though, residencies are both milestones and resources activated by 1-3 week plenaries: each including presentations in various forms, critique, presentations, screenings and performances. Topical and elective workshops take place as well as guest lectures, artist and curator talks, individual meetings with faculty, students, advisors, guest critics, curators and other creative practitioners. Refinement of project plans, alternate routes, revisions, the collecting of resources are all in process throughout each residency so you can leave clear-headed and well supported.


Participants explore concepts and test new ideas and working methods through a series of creative exercises and assignments (realized in media of choice and completed individually or in collaboration). Workshops aim to equip participants with expanded conceptual and aesthetic toolsets; feeling invigorated and inventive about applying the workshop ideas and processes to their respective practices and locales. Workshops are not intended to further technical virtuosity but rather to enhance creativity by exposing you to new approaches and working in various genres. In these sessions it often makes sense for you to work with what you are technically familiar with (in this case you should bring your own tools, materials). Data projectors, sound systems and printers are generally available. You will also participate in elected cultural studies seminars, devised to help contextualise work and find ways to inform projects through research while also articulating new ideas, exploring new ways of thinking and making connections through discussions and critiques. Seminars are chosen from current cultural topics viewed through the lens of media studies, literature, sociology, philosophy, art history, etc. Workshops and seminars are differentiated in terms of output: workshops include creative assignments, projects or exercises and seminars involve critical responses and discussion. In addition, some research training seminars are prescribed by our accrediting institutions.


You will participate in project presentations and critiques with residency faculty, guests and alumni. Formats vary considerably based on input, culture of hosting location, guests, curiosity (as in let's try this) and culture.  Length, audience size and formats will vary to promote versatility and the ability to present in different formats, audiences etc. To warm up these always begin with very brief introductory presentations to the full group. The goal is for you to benefit from different perspectives on your work. Issues of audience, delivery, content, aesthetics, technique, media, genre, identity, culture and process are discussed, resources are shared. Importantly you will learn to present work effectively in response to specific goals in different cultures and situations. 


Experiment with exhibition and performance possibilities as appropriate to the nature of your thesis project. You have the option to self-organize events or present documentation of projects—it is essential that work is disseminated in ways that are relevant and that best express and communicate what your project and praxis are about to the intended audience. This process is integral to the project from the earliest stages of project planning and through constant dialogue with your advisors throughout. During Transart Triennale years you will be invited to participate and apply in response to curatorial calls from participating ELSE Foundation consortium members and their projects. The last Triennale included over 150 artists and many were members of Transart with events in four countries and research and projects continuing for a further two years.

These projects and attendant research are also represented by ELSE Journal ( a publication of the ELSE Foundation). Most recently, Triennale 2016-18 and ELSE Journal Issue 3 2017, available here. These events and those initiated by advisors, students, and guests form a vital, exciting component of the Transart experience. Students, alumni and advisors continue to perform, exhibit, publish, screen and hold critique and discussions groups together long after the residencies. As a new component of the residencies beginning in January 2018 Transart will include fora to foster connections between groups who might not otherwise meet, and to support projects they seed. Led by Transart members these fora will be affiliated to residency sessions by interim events such as symposia or pop-up events, and will be invited by submission based on the topics of research or other creative goals. 







Calle 13 #25, Col. San Pedro de los Pinos, 03800 Ciudad de México

Casa Maauad
Altamirano 20, Colonia San Rafael, Mexico D.F. 06470

Obrera Centro
Calle Isabel la Catolica 144, Centro, 06000 Ejido del Centro, CDMX, Mexiko

Av. 1, 37, San Pedro de los Pinos, 03800. Ciudad de México





Friday, JANUARY 5: 
Salón Covadonga
Open meeting + group dinner

Saturday, JANUARY 6: 
Studio visits and artist presentations
10AM - 6PM

Lorenzo Alvarez Arquitectos
Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Sunday, JANUARY 7: Obrera Centro



10-12PM  |  The Question Concerning Technology, an experimental theatre workshop with Tara Turnbull  
Did Heidegger simply fail to see the arm of the everyday body rising in order to hammer the shingles onto the roof?” - Heidegger’s Neglect Of The Body By Kevin A. Aho
The Question Concerning Technology, an experimental theatre workshop inspired by William Lovitt’s translation of Martin Heidegger’s essay and the Obrera Centro tool library. We will play a theatre game called “Machine”. We will read, deconstruct the essay, meditate on tools and technology. Workshop participants are invited to respond creatively to the text and its contexts, free to bring preferred creative materials. We will look at creative response as theatrical action. We will work from the smallest units of action: the (Stanislavskian) beat, moment, gesture, task toward event, episode, energy, happening, phenomenon. The workshop is a dramatic philosophical discussion / theatrical interaction. We will contemplate extended cognition, instrumentalization, and technological story. No captive audience. No command performance. Actors all. Tara Turnbull is an actress. She earned her Bachelor Of Arts in Theatre & Philosophy at Bard College At Simon’s Rock, her Master Of Fine Arts in Theatre from The University Of California Los Angeles’ School Of Theatre, Film, And Television, where she also taught. She is a PhD student with The Transart Institute For Creative Research. Her dissertation is Being-On-Stage: Acting Academia. Her play, The Sunrise Club premiered last year in Los Angeles. Tara’s research interests include Performance Studies, Performance Philosophy, Martin Heidegger, Rainer Maria Rilke, and poetry.

1-3PM |  The Porous Body with Louis Laberge-Cote  
This workshop will be a movement-based class during which the participants will play and experiment with several physical ideas, spatial concepts, and guided mental imagery games. No previous dance or movement experience is required, but participants should be comfortable with basic movement ideas (such as walking, running, bouncing, and reaching), as well as breathing exercises and physical contact with classmates. Participants should wear comfortable clothing (no need for sports or dance attire) and bring a yoga mat/towel if they prefer not to lie down directly on the floor. Louis Laberge-Côté is a Canadian dancer, choreographer, teacher, and rehearsal director. An acclaimed performer, he has danced internationally with over twenty companies and has been a full-time member of Toronto Dance Theatre (1999-2007) and the Kevin O’Day Ballett Nationaltheater Mannheim (2009-2011). He has created over 80 choreographic works, which have been presented and commissioned in Canada and abroad. An award-winning performer and choreographer, he has received several creation, research, production and professional development grants. A sought-after pedagogue, he has taught classes and workshops around the globe and is on the part-time faculty at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada). He currently is the Chair of the Dance Committee at the Toronto Arts Council.

4-6PM  |  The Other Side of the Mirror: Working with the Dead
This workshop is designed to give you some preliminary tools for accessing ancestral voices, sharpening inner vision, and approaching your work with a sense of humor and mystery. There will be guided meditations, simple ritual exercises, discussion, and time to create something based on what you find when you are not quite yourself. Dress in loose clothing, bring something with which to write or draw, and bring 4 small objects that represent the 4 elements. Christopher Danowski is  a media/performance artist based in Phoenix, Arizona. He has written over eighty texts for performance works, and has presented work in living rooms,  galleries, and unusual spaces (sometimes in theaters) in Phoenix, Brooklyn, Mérida, Dublin, Berlin and Kraków. He was artistic director of Theater in My Basement from 1999-2013, and now serves as a founding member of Howl Theatre Project. His book of writings, ‘Dog’s Ear’ is forthcoming this spring from Four Chambers Press. He has been teaching performance, theatre, and art in university settings since 2003. In June, 2017, he completed his doctorate from here, linking together Afro-Cuban ritual techniques for spirit possession and method acting as transcultural performance methodology.

7PM  |  Group dinner with chef TBA
Event hosted by artists/co-founders Mauro Giaconi and  Marcos Castro  

Presentations by students and reviewers (bring memory stick)
Presentations: 10-15 min. per researcher / 20-30 min per guest reviewer (total 8.25 hours)
10-2, 4-8PM in Session
2-4 PM Lunch reception



Tuesday, JANUARY 9: SOMA
60 min. Open format critique sessions:
(consult with advisors prior, show, perform, experiment, discuss)
11-7PM (2-4 break)
Group 1: Sullivan, Durrani, Epp Buller, Hoffecker, Laberge, Owens
Group 2: Daza-Paris, Barcelona, Greenfield, Marais, NN, NN
MFA meeting (Cella + Cooks) 3:30
PHD meeting (researchers only) 3:30
7:30PM: “The Ghost in the Mirror” a meta-performance by Dr. Chris Danowski
This 40-minute performance presentation is, on the surface, an informative discussion of my PhD thesis, “The Medium and the Message: Afro-Cuban Spirit Possession in Western Theatrical Performance.” As I walk through the various RDC stages, it becomes increasingly a meditation on the process of documentation for an ephemeral art-lead practice, and a narrative on the complexity of narration. 

Wednesday, JANUARY 10: SOMA
60 min. Open format critique sessions:
(consult with advisors prior, show, perform, experiment, discuss)
10-8PM (2-4 break)
Group 1: Cohen, Hilliard, Piper, Senza, Sammarone, Wasseem
Group 2: Thomas, Fazzio-Welf, Geremia, Chapela, Angelovski, NN
PHD meeting (Cella + Cooks) 3:30
MFA meeting (researchers only) 3:30
8PM: Miércoles de SOMA lecture series: TBA

Thursday, JANUARY 11: Tlatelolco
10-6: "Walk talk" with curator Leslie Moody Castro  and art historian George Flaherty 


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Tlatelolco and Plaza de Tres Culturas

The megalopolis of Mexico City is ripe with layers of history and cultural expression which has shaped the formation of the city itself. The foundation of the city lies in its complicated pre-Columbian past that occupies the same space as its post-conquest colonial history with roots so deeply embedded we still see the effects of the past even into the present day. We will walk with independent curator, Leslie Moody Castro and invited expert, George Flaherty through one of the most emblematic spaces in the City. In his book, Hotel Mexico, Flaherty

“...explores how urban spaces—material but also literary, photographic, and cinematic—became an archive of 1968, providing a framework for de facto modes of justice for years to come in his book.

In 1968, Mexico prepared to host the Olympic games amid growing civil unrest. The spectacular sports facilities and urban redevelopment projects built by the government in Mexico City mirrored the country’s rapid but uneven modernization. In the same year, a street-savvy democratization movement led by students emerged in the city. Throughout the summer, the ‘68 Movement staged protests underscoring a widespread sense of political disenfranchisement. Just ten days before the Olympics began, nearly three hundred student protesters were massacred by the military in a plaza at the core of a new public housing complex.

In spite of institutional denial and censorship, the 1968 massacre remains a touchstone in contemporary Mexican culture thanks to the public memory work of survivors and Mexico’s leftist intelligentsia.”

Moody Castro and Flaherty walk and talk with us as we visit this impactful space that represents both a distant and recent past to understand its impact on today's generation of contemporary artists. We  will visit with the archeological site with ancient ruins of the Mexica civilization, the colonial church representing the Spanish conquest and the plaza site of the ‘68 massacre, all surrounded by the modern and affected buildings of the 1985 earthquake. We next visit the Memorial 68 Museum at the Centro Cultural de Tlatelolco a symbolic space for reflection, designed to build the country’s collective memory around a recent history that was previously denied.

Suggested Readings:

George F. Flaherty, “Uncanny Tlatelolco, Uncomfortable Juxtapositions,” Defying Stabiity, Artistic Processes in Mexico 1952-1967

8PM: Artist Talk by Plinio Avila



On limits, borders, edges, and boundaries

Friday, Jan 12: Casa Maauad
6-10PM  Opening remarks, symposium screenings, vernissage

Saturday, Jan 13: Casa Maauad
12-6  Presentations (20 min.)
12-10 Exhibition
6-7 Panel discussion
 8-10 Finissage

Sunday, JANUARY 14: Casa Maauud
Brunch and closing Transart meeting


ThursDAY, Jan 18: Seminario 12



photo credit: Emilio Chapela Pérez: Es una catástrofe no encontrar terreno en común.





Summer Residency 2017


Berlin SUMMER 2017


Badstr. 41a (Gate 1), Wedding, Berlin



Monday, July 24 - Sunday, July 30

"From Artist to Transartist" panel discussion moderated by Jean Marie Casbarian
MFA Dialogue, and exhibition, performance or screening – Zee Ahmed + Danny Hyatt + Sean Rees + Reception
MFA Dialogue, and exhibition, performance or screening – Deborah Carruthers + Oliver Benoit
MFA Dialogue, and exhibition, performance or screening – Andrea Haenggi +  Birgit Larson

"Performing the archive" workshop with Angeliki Avgitidou
"Holding Patterns" workshop with Jean Marie Casbarian
"Self-care" workshop with Laura González
"PU Research Training" workshop with Anya Lewin, Roberta Mock, Deborah Robinson, Amanda Russell
"Presenting Artistic Research" workshop with Sarah Bennett
"Yoga Nidra" with Laura González



Monday, July 31 - Sunday, August 6

4 August, 17:00 - 18:00: Artist talk by Aleks Slota, reception (PUBLIC)
Berlin Excursion with An Paenhuysen
MFA Dialogue, and exhibition, performance or screening – Sabri Idrus + Kayoko Nakajima
MFA Dialogue, and exhibition, performance or screening – Omayra Alvardo + Anne Labovitz 
"Dis/placement and art" workshop with Elena Marchevska
"Voice" workshop with Wolfgang Sützl
"Fictocriticism and the Futures of Writing" workshop with Anna Gibbs
"Articulating Trans-territorality. Geographical and Disciplinary Displacements." workshop with Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio
Grant Writing Professional Development Workshop with Ece Pazarbasi
"Yoga" with Tehneyat Waseem
"Yoga" with Birgit Larson



Monday, August 7 - Saturday, August 12

10 August, 10:00 - 11:00: "Local Time" a project talk with Danny Butt (PUBLIC) 
10 August, 18:30 - 19:30: Artist talk with John Newling, reception (PUBLIC)
10 August, 11:00 - 16:00: "Berlin: City of Corrupted Nostalgia" a walktalk with Dan Borden
MFA Dialogue, and exhibition, performance or screening – Raphael Raphael + Michelle Vara (RSVP)
MFA Dialogue, and exhibition, performance or screening – Johannes Huntington + James Jordan (RSVP

"Broken Grammar" workshop with Michael Bowdidge
"Artistic Research in the Era of Globalization" workshop with Danny Butt
"Pleasure as Subversive Action" workshop with Andrew Cooks
"Open access Vs. Documentation in practice-led research" workshop with Merete Röstad
"Yoga" with  Tehneyat Waseem
"Yoga" with Livia Paris Daza


Summer Residency 2016


Berlin SUMMER 2016


Badstr. 41a (Gate 1), Wedding, Berlin


Tues July 26, Wed July 27 & Thurs July 28 
“Praxis Enrichment” with Andrew Cooks
“The Artist as Writer as Artist” with Laura González
“The Role of Chance” with Michael Bowdidge

PhD Workshops:
"Documentation-Forms of Reflection" with Merete Rostad
"Live Writing" with Geoff Cox
"Introduction to the PhD Viva Voce Examination at Transart Institute" with Simon Pope

Incoming MPH Workshop:
PU intro workshop with Sarah Bennett and Anya Lewin



Mon Aug 1, Tues Aug 2 & Wed Aug 3
“Wanderings, Musings and the Art of Getting Lost” with Jean Marie Casbarian
“Art after the Anthropocene” with Simon Pope
“Subjectivity and the Mirror” with Ruth Novaczek

3 Day Morning Workshop
Tues Aug 2, Wed Aug 3 & Thurs Aug 4
"Praxis Enrichment Refresher: Thesis Project" With Andrew Cooks 2RS



Tues Aug 9, Wed Aug 10 & Thurs Aug 11
“Tools of Engaging Conflict” with Dorit Cypis
“Smuggling as Curatorial Practice after the Ethnographic Turn” with Christine Nippe & Teobaldo Lagos Preller
“Resistance: Defying the Self” with Elena Marchevska
“Polyplot” with Lynn Book