tranzit is a network working independently in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic and Romania since 2002.
The network has a polycentric structure as a collective of autonomous local units cooperating across various borderlines – between nations, languages, media, mentalities and histories.
Each tranzit works under its own conditions in a variety of local contexts, using different formats and methods such as critical platforms, exhibitions and other artistic settings (musical, poetic, literary, performative), lectures, discussions, publications, research, mediation and non-conformist education.
tranzit generates deep experience in the local artistic and intellectual biotopes in relation with continuity, a re-assessment of contemporary history (arising chiefly from the artistic catharsis of the 1960s and '70s) and in challenging the canons, geographies and master narratives of postwar European (art) histories. The aim of tranzit is to act translocally, i.e. in constant dialectics between local and global cultural narratives.
tranzit’s experience with self-organized activities in progressive cultures dates back to the authoritarian society of the 1970s and '70s and has continued through the hypertransformational period and the comprehensive reform of all strata of society in the 1990s and up to the present.
tranzit has been engaged in numerous international projects, such as Monument to Transformation 1989 – 2009; the Július Koller Society; the Free School for Art Theory and Practice; Manifesta 8; Sweet Sixties; Fiction, Rhetoric and Facts; Changer d’Image; Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module, The School of Kyiv and others.
tranzit.cz originated from a commitment to develop a dispositif by which contemporary culture could (critically) alter the stereotypical patterns of values, identities, histories and aesthetics / activities.
It is a small-scale institution that was launched during the post-communist transformation period, for which cultural homogenizing processes were typical.
The mission of the institution has been to think through the question of how historical experience of cultural resistance can be represented by East Europeans and how it can be re-activated it in the (new) social, political and economic order.
tranzit.cz reflects, and acts together with, artists of different disciplines (video, performance,visual arts, literature), scholars and all kinds of engaged producers.
It runs the tranzitdisplay gallery in collaboration with the display artists’ association.
tranzit.cz and its collaborators are navigating distinctive research in the art and cultural practices of former Eastern Europe. In parallel, tranzit.cz collaborates on a daily basis within a panel of intercontinental practitioners.
We aim to build up a conversation about the future from a perspective of
the subjective and collective autonomy of new internationalism.
tranzit.cz organizes exhibitions, debates and discussion formats, publishes books and offers online platforms, while facilitating access to all forms of interlocutors, audiences and communities.
tranzit.cz identifies itself with the division of life into three spheres: the public (ekklésia), the private (oikos) and the agora, a place that must be accessible to all. The latter is where negotiations occur between public and private interests, in which the activities of tranzit.cz are transparently inscribed.