The Translocal Institute is devoted to fostering and promoting transnational research into contemporary art and making this knowledge publically available.
We are engaged in curating exhibitions of contemporary art, organising academic conferences and professional workshops, the documentation and archiving of artistic projects and events, as well as producing books and catalogues.
Loophole to HappinessAn exhibition, symposium and publication that looked at the resonances of the left critique of socialism of the early 1970s for contemproary attempts to evade the smooth surfaces of global capitalism.
Atmospheres of ProtestA Symposium on Sustainability and Contemporary Art that focused on the influence of the new global protest movements from Occupy Wall Street to the Arab Spring for thinking about art and ecology.
Navigating Ecological TimesContemporary artists share their routes through the challenges of living in a time of environmental and social uncertainty in a symposium at Whitechapel Gallery London on 30 August 2013.
Research at the Translocal InstituteAn international hub for advanced research into Central and East European art and the interdisciplinary field of art and ecology with library, archive and venue for workshops and seminars.
The River SchoolThe River School aims to foster new thinking about environmental sustainability and inspire creative encounters with the natural world.
Danube CurrentsAn interdisciplinary overture to the river that examines its transformative power for writers, artists and activists both today and at critical, system-changing moments of the recent past.
Like a Bird: Avian Ecologies in Contemporary ArtA group exhibition on avian encounters in contemporary art, a theme that provides a platform to investigate the changing human relationship to the natural world, the channelling of environmental awareness and the political dimensions of ecology.
Like a Bird: Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art Trafo Gallery, Budapest
12 December 2013 -
26 January 2014
Artists: Greta Alfaro (ES), Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan (RO), Tamás Kaszás / Anikó Loránt (Ex Artists Collective) (HU), Szabolcs Kisspál (HU), London Fieldworks (UK), James Prosek (USA) and Andrea Roe (UK)
Curated by: Maja and Reuben Fowkes
Like a Bird is a group exhibition with a focus on avian ecologies in contemporary art, a theme that provides a platform to investigate intricate questions around the changing human relationship to the natural world, the channelling of environmental awareness and its political dimensions. It examines the dynamic counterpoints between the anthropocentric tendency to perceive birds as metaphors and the rival post-humanist affinity for intra-species dialogue. The title of the exhibition refers to an iconic work of the Hungarian neo-avant-garde, István Haraszty’s Like a Bird from 1972, an elaborate piece combining a bird and a cage that was primarily understood at the time as a symbol for the lack of freedom under socialism. While avian encounters in the public sphere are still layered with stratum of ideology, mythology and national identity, this exhibition asks whether there is today an additional dimension to the avian imaginary, namely that of endangeredness and a shared ecological predicament...(more)
Danube Currents is an interdisciplinary overture to the river that examines its transformative power for writers, artists and activists both today and at critical, system-changing moments of the recent past. In contrast to conventional approaches that stress the geo-political significance and cultural heritage of the fluvial region, the focus of this gathering is on personal and collective interactions with the river and its environmental history, current initiatives to reconnect with the Danube through contemporary lifestyles and explorations of the currents of artistic experimentation that flow across borders. This seminar is a preface to a year-long series of floating workshops, migrating exhibitions and research symposia of the River School organised by the Translocal Institute in Bratislava, Budapest and Bucharest.
With presentations by Ilona Nemeth, Michal Hvorecky and Cili Lohász, and ntroduced by Alan Watt and Maja and Reuben Fowkes)...(more)
The River School The Danube
The River School is a series of study days, workshops, symposia and exhibitions that engage with the Danube as a transforming natural environment with a long history of human intervention, a route of transnational flows and migrations, a focus for ecological concern that spills over into civic action, and a magnet for diverse artistic and cultural reflections...(more)