A network of autonomous initiatives in contemporary art in Austria, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary

1. January 2018

tranzit was established in 2002 as a polycentric network, a collective of autonomous local units cooperating across various borders: between nations, languages, media, mentalities and histories.

Each of the five tranzit initiatives operates according to its own agenda in a variety of local contexts using different formats and methods such as critical platforms, exhibitions and other artistic settings (musical, poetic, literary, performative, etc.), lectures, discussions, publications, research, mediation and nonconformist education. tranzit generates profound experiences in the local artistic and intellectual biotopes in relation to continuity, a re-assessment of contemporary history (arising chiefly from the artistic catharsis of the 1960s and 1970s) and in challenging the canons, geographies and master narratives of post-war European (art) histories.

The aim of tranzit is to act translocally, i.e. in a constant dialectic between local and global cultural narratives. tranzit’s experience with self-organised activities in progressive cultures dates back to the totalitarian society of the 1970s and 1980s and has continued through the transitional period and the comprehensive reform of all strata of society in the 1990s and up to the present.

Artist-in-Residence programme Q21 / MuseumsQuartier, Vienna

Each year from February to November tranzit and ERSTE Foundation offer an Artist-in-Residence programme at Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier. Up to ten artists from Romania, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic and Hungary get the chance to live in the city and work in one of the MuseumsQuartier studios.

Artist in Residence / MQ Studio 501, photo: © Eve Ellersdorfer-Meissnerova

Fellowships for curators and artists / Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts

Each year, ERSTE Foundation – in collaboration with,, and – grants five fellowships to young artists and five fellowships to up-and-coming curators from Romania, the Slovak and Czech Republics and Hungary, who can participate in a course of their choice at the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts.

Photo: © Theresa Schnöll
Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, photo: © Theresa Schnöll
Georg Schöllhammer,
c/o Springerin, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, Austria
Vít Havránek,
Dittrichova 9, 120 00 Prag 2, Czech Republic
Dóra Hegyi,
Vasas Szakszervezeti Szövetség Székháza, Magdolna utca 5-7., 1086 Budapest, Hungary
Judit Angel,
Beskydská 12, 811 05 Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Asociaţia Bucuresti
Raluca Voinea,
Str. Gazelei nr. 44, cod 040514, sector 4, Bucharest, Romania Cluj
Attila Tordai-S.,
Str. Sámuel Brassai nr. 5, cod 400104, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Iași
Livia Pancu,
Str. Al. Lăpușneanu 7–9, cod 700057, Iași, Romania

Cover photo: Stopover – Ways of Temporary Exchange (2017): Hannes Zebedin & Erich Robatsch: When Freedom Exists, There Will Be No State, 2017, Photo: © Marlene Hausegger