tranzit transforms New Museum into a Spaceship

Ikárie XB1

From 24 January to 13 April 2014, transforms the Fifth Floor Gallery at New Museum (New York) into the simulated interiour of a spaceship with more than one hundred artworks on view as part of the Museum as Hub. The exhibition “Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module” will be opened on 23 January 2014 at 6 pm with a series of performative interventions by key artists from Central and Eastern Europe: Josef Dabernig, Jirí Kovanda and Boris Ondreička will present unexpected encounters and a mapping of an alternative psycho-geography of past futures present.

The spacecraft, specially designed for the exhibition at the New Museum, is a composite of shuttles featured in Eastern European science-fiction films from the Cold War period. In its structure and design, it recalls future fantasies from the socialist Eastern Europe side of the Iron Curtain and explores the ideological role outer space played during this time. On view in and around the spacecraft will be 117 artworks, including video, sculpture, print, and installation, by artists hailing from cities around Eastern Europe, notably Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, and Bratislava, all of whom tranzit has worked with previously. The exhibition offers an allegory of “anthropological science fiction,” where the exhibition space becomes an estranged and exciting universe that dramatizes the cross-cultural translation involved in the presentation of art. The unique model evokes the challenges that contemporary artists experience in exhibiting works, or that curators come across in organizing exhibitions that stitch together diverse art, selected across generation, cultural context, personal narratives, and time.

Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module: A project by in the framework of the Museum as Hub programme of the New Museum, New York.

The exhibition is curated by, Vít Havránek (Prague), Dóra Hegyi (Budapest) and Georg Schöllhammer (Vienna) and organized by Lauren Cornell, Curator, 2015 Triennial, Museum as Hub, and Digital Projects.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the New Museum presents a publication including contributions by Lauren Cornell, tranzit, Miklós Erdéley, and Stano Filko, as well as an original science-fiction short story, extensive information on all participating artists, and a guide to the public programs. The publication will be free and available in the gallery and was edited by Taraneh Fazeli, Education Associate.

Date: 24 January to 13 April 2014. Opening on 23 January 2014, 6 pm.
Location: New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, USA

Public Programmes
25 January 2014: Conference with 2 sessions “Futures of Eastern Europe” and “East European Sci-fi”.
26 January 2014: A day-long science-fiction movie marathon.

Follow this link for information on opening hours and Admissions.

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Participants and participating projects

Anna Artaker, Babi Badalov, Zbyněk Baladrán, László Beke, Walter Benjamin, Vladimír Boudník, Ondřej Buddeus, Erick Beltrán, Derya Bengi, Igor and Ivan Buharov, Luis Camnitzer, Josef Dabernig, Curatorial Dictionary, Orshi Drozdik, Miklós Erdély, Stano Filko, Zsuzsi Flohr, János Fodor, Andreas Fogarasi, Heinz Frank, Paweł Freisler, Tomislav Gotovac, Reesa Greenberg, Ion Grigorescu, Lukáš Jasanský – Martin Polák, Mihuț Boșcu Kafchin, David Karas, Sung Hwan Kim, Tamás Király, Barbora Kleinhamplová, Július Koller, Igor Korpaczewski, Eva Koťátková, Jiří Kovanda, KWIEKULIK (Zofia Kulik/Przemysław Kwiek), Denisa Lehocká, Václav Magid, Elin Magnusson, János Major, Ján Mančuška, Piet Mondrian, Paul Neagu, Ioana Nemes, Boris Ondreička, Parallel Chronologies (An Archive of East European Exhibitions), Dan Perjovschi, Lia Perjovschi, Walter Pichler, François Piron, Łukasz Ronduda, Gábor Roskó, Hedwig Saxenhuber, Ernst Schmidt Jr., Ruti Sela, Catarina Simão, Société Réaliste, Tereza Stejskalová, Sweet Sixties: Local Modernities and Musical Turkey in the 1960s, Goran Trbuljak, Tamás St. Turba, Zsuzsi Ujj, Mona Vătămanu -Florin Tudor, Avdey Ter-Oganyan, Eszter Szákacz, Katarina Sević, János Sugár, Jan Verwoert, Krzysztof Zarebski.

About Museum as Hub
Museum as Hub facilitates exchange and dialogue around international art and ideas. Founded in 2007, the initiative includes exhibitions on the Museum’s Fifth Floor, as well as residencies, commissions, public programming, and editorial and digital projects. Through support of contemporary art practices, the Museum as Hub aims to catalyze future exchange and collaboration around the world. Since its launch in 2007 by the New Museum, the Museum as Hub initiative has worked closely with a group of founding partner institutions to produce diverse programming at the New Museum and internationally. For more information on Museum as Hub and partners, visit

About the New Museum
The New Museum is the only museum in New York City exclusively devoted to contemporary art. Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a center for exhibitions, information, and documentation about living artists from around the world. From its beginnings as a one-room office on Hudson Street to the inauguration of its first freestanding building on the Bowery designed by SANAA in 2007, the New Museum continues to be a place of experimentation and a hub of new art and new ideas.

Pictures © Jindrich Polák, Ikarie XB-1 [Voyage to the End of the Universe], 1963 (still). Courtesy the National Film Archive, Prague