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.
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.
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.
River School Bucharest Presentations and a discussion on the planetary dimensions of energy and ecology, with artist Ursula Biemann, social anthropologist Miruna Tîrcă, and curators Maja and Reuben Fowkes, moderated by Raluca Voinea, with an excursion to the Bucharest Delta
Csaba Nemes - Don't Try to Make it Logical!Csaba Nemes investigates the overlaps between personal and political history, the dark side of the nationalist psyche, and the fragile bonds of social solidarity in a solo show at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka.
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka
25 June – 19 July 2014
Curated by Maja and Reuben Fowkes
In his distinctive and wide-ranging critical art practice, Hungarian artist Csaba Nemes investigates the overlaps between personal and political history, the dark side of the nationalist psyche, and the fragile bonds of social solidarity. The exhibition Don’t Try to Make it Logical at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka surveys Nemes’s singular artistic achievement that deftly incorporates painting, drawing, film, animation, photography, as well as art activism. The title of the exhibition derives from the ultimate Central European writer Franz Kafka, referring both to Nemes’s attraction to the outlandish psychological dramas of the socialist past and to the surreal political situation in contemporary Hungary, marked by increasingly Kafkaesque episodes, that also appear as motifs in his work. Switching his role from that of a flaneur of transition to an activist for artistic freedom and democracy, Nemes’s approach alternates between delivering a vibrant chronicle of the transformations in Hungarian society on the rocky road from decayed state socialism to failing liberal capitalism, to the taking of an impassioned position towards ideological distortions in contemporary Hungary and the prospects for a grassroots revival of democratic culture...(more)
Like a Bird: Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art Tranzit.ro Gallery, Bucharest
9 May – 4 June 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. ...(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)
River School Bucharest Tranzit.ro Bucharest,
6-8.30pm, 4 October 2013
Tour of the Văcărești Bucharest Delta
9 May 2014, 2-4 pm
The Văcărești swamp is an abandoned lake site in the south-eastern part of Bucharest, the remains of a hydrological flooding system begun during Ceausescu’s regime, but never finished.
River School Seminar
9 May 2014, 5-8 pm
Str. Gazelei nr. 44, sector 4, Bucharest
Presentations and a discussion on the planetary dimensions of energy and ecology, with artist Ursula Biemann, social anthropologist Miruna Tîrcă, and curators Maja and Reuben Fowkes, moderated by Raluca Voinea, curator tranzit.ro/ Bucureşti...(more)