The György Kepes Fellowship for Advanced Studies and Transdisciplinary Research in Art, Culture and Technology is a joint initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, USA) Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), tranzit.org and ERSTE Foundation. It takes its name from the famous Hungarian-born painter, designer, educator and art theorist György Kepes (1906 – 2001). Kepes emigrated to the USA in 1937 and founded the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1967, where he was a professor.
The György Kepes Fellowship for Advanced Studies and Transdisciplinary Research in Art, Culture and Technology endows outstanding scientists, artists, architects, cultural practitioners with a stipend of four to five months, enabling them to realise innovative projects within the highly stimulating and singular context of the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology. Fellowships can be awarded to candidates who are from, or whose practices are based in, Central and South Eastern European countries.
The objective of the project is to support the scholarship and/or artistic practice/research of fellows. Outcome could include making the results accessible to others, as well as serving as a catalyst for future collaborations. A central point of the fellowship is the knowledge transfer back to CEE. Therefore the fellows will give public lectures or presentations when they return home, e.g. in collaboration with their home institutions, universities, the tranzit.org network and ERSTE Foundation.
A Kepes fellow is an outstanding scientist, artist, architect, cultural practitioner whose work fits into the CAVS legacy, who is interested in art at the intersection of science and technology; or who proposes work related to Kepes’ tenure at CAVS, including research into archiving and documentation methodologies. Fellows are appointed by a jury consisting of representatives of MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), tranzit.org and ERSTE Foundation. The focus is on fellows whose practice is based in Eastern European countries as the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology has continuous ties to the region and its avant-garde movements.
Tadej Pogačar is the second Kepes Fellow (Sep 2012 – Jan 2013) – he is an artist, curator and educator, born in 1960 in Slovenia. He studied art history, ethnology and fine art at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, and graduated in painting from the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts, where he also completed his postgraduate studies (1990). From 1994 to 1999, he was the editor in chief of M’ARS magazine (published by the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana), one of the leading publications on contemporary art in Central Europe. From 2001 to 2004, he taught at the SCCA Centre for Contemporary Arts –Ljubljana in the Programme for Curators of Contemporary Arts.
The first Kepes Fellow (2011-2012) was Márton Orosz, born in 1979 in Budapest, an art historian who lives and works in Hungary.