PRESS RELEASE 2011-11-21

ERSTE Foundation officially announces the launch of to become fully active in the beginning of 2012 in Bucharest, Iasi and Cluj. is a non-governmental organisation based in Romania, initiated and funded by ERSTE Foundation, with the mission to identify and discuss the context, attitudes and methods of contemporary art, especially in Romania and East-Europe. becomes thus the fifth member of, a network of, so far, four independent, non-profit organisations in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Slovak Republic.
ERSTE Foundation officially announces the launch of

tranzit association was founded in 2002, and since 2010 ERSTE Foundation has become its main partner. tranzit has been developing artistic and cultural activities with a critical approach, fostering a permanent dialectic between local and global culture.

tranzit serves as a platform which aims to inform all those who are active in the international art world about the developments of the contemporary art scene in Central and Eastern Europe.  “We selected the members through a closed call, with nine invitations having been sent out to representatives of the contemporary cultural field. After receiving the proposals, a self-constituted group of five people was nominated. The new will open spaces not only in Bucharest, but also in Iasi and Cluj, this being a different approach compared to the other tranzit organisations (which operate through one space in each country), focusing on decentralization, cooperation and mobility”, said Christine Boehler, member of tranzit Board of Directors and Director of Culture Programme of ERSTE Foundation.  “We believe in the need of such an initiative in Romania, as a lot of talented people in the contemporary art field still have to leave their country due to lack of funding and job opportunities”, Christine Boehler added. is founded by 5 members (please see attached biographies) from Romania (Matei Bejenaru, Livia Pancu, Lia Perjovschi, Attila Tordai-S, Raluca Voinea), with members from ERSTE Foudantion and all other tranzit Associations joining in after the constitution, at the first General Assembly. The association’s board of directors is initially formed by: Livia Pancu, Attila Tordai-S. and Raluca Voinea, who are curatorially responsible for coordinating the activities in their respective cities (Iasi, Cluj, Bucharest), but also for creating a coherent programme and set of partnerships for nationally and regionally.  The main aim of is to encourage contemporary art practices developed in Romania within different local socio-cultural contexts, through a wide range of activities, such as: debates, informal meetings, seminars, lectures, theoretical and practical workshops, art and documentary exhibitions, screenings, concerts, artistic and cultural interventions, publications etc. “With its multiple centres and mobility, will represent a breakthrough in the institutional landscape of Romania, dominated by self-sufficient and conservative positions. It will enhance the collaborative aspect of the general tranzit network and, at the same time, it will be more efficient on a long term in stimulating new and diverse productions, by escaping the limitations of a single, closed art scene” – collective believes.

With being part of the network, the Romanian cultural practitioners (curators, artists, art critics, writers, theorists etc) will have access to the network’s international programmes, such as: Artist-in-Residence programme, through which artists are given the opportunity to live and work for two months in a MuseumsQuartier studio in Vienna; ERSTE Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Curators, which appoints curators to take part in the curatorial course at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg; The György Kepes Fellowship for Advanced Studies and Transdisciplinary Research in Art, Culture and Technology at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (Boston, USA) Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT).