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20 May 2013

Erasmus and extended English language program at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts

Allan Siegel

TRANSPRAXIS International Center for Art and Theory of MKE announces new English language courses and the second edition of the Erasmus IP long term international project
Hungarian University of Fine Arts



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Hungarian University of Fine Arts
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Budapest, 1062

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TRANSPRAXIS The Hungarian University of Fine Arts (MKE) announces the Transpraxis International Center for Art and Theory - an initiative of teachers from within the distinct teaching capacities of the university and the International Students office.

The objective of the Center is to promote and encourage practical and theoretical work - an artistic praxis; The Center draws upon and invigorates the cross-disciplinary practices that now constitute the broad spheres of artistic activity.

The Center is international in scope and encourages cooperation and working relationships with other universities, other centers of artistic activity and teachers who seek to expand a working knowledge base. Center programs are intended to broaden and enrich the learning experience of local and visiting Erasmus students, the pedagogical development of the faculty and advance an international network of students, artists and educators.

Transpraxis is announcing new English language courses 2013 fall:

Mapping the local (course code: IMMTL, ECTS credits 3): The seminar presents an overview of the major phenomena, trends and issues of contemporary art based on various subjects in each semester; a special emphasis will be placed on the East European region, in the form of seminars, presentations held by invited lecturers, field trips to museums, institutions and artist studios. The course is primarily directed towards Erasmus students as well as local students of the Intermedia and Fine Art Theory and Curatorial Studies departments. 

While offering an insight into the Hungarian contemporary art scene, one of the course's main intentions is to develop personal contacts and cultural interactions between local and foreign students fostering an emerging intercultural dialogue. It combines both theoretical and practical methods and is led by Zoltán Kékesi PhD and Szabolcs KissPál DLA, scholar and an artist. 

Site specific interventions (course code: IMSSAW, ECTS credits 3): Sites for the exhibition of art work have moved beyond the traditional places of the museum or gallery. In addition, exhibitions themselves have also evolved into spectacular events like the VeniceBiennale, the Muenster sculpture projectsor Documentain which art works are situated throughout the urban environment and within all the various realms of social activity.
The seminar is a survey of the evolution of the different art practices relating to site specific and other public art projects or interventions which take place outside of the traditional museum environment, including sculpture, installations, graffiti and performances specifically conceived of as forms of artistic discourse situated in public spaces and/or within the routines of everyday life.
The class includes a discussion of selected theoretical works relating to this art praxis as well as an analysis of specific projects and work that have significantly shaped the dimensions of this area of activity. Additionally, students will apply the ideas and issues contained in readings and discussions to situations and locations throughout the city.
The seminar led by: Allan Siegel, scholar and an artist

Contemporary art in the context of art theory. Text based close reading and discussion (course code: AKB-CAC, ECTS credits 4): The framework for this course is a close reading and discussion of relevant art works and the institutional context within which they are presented. The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the text and academic vocabulary of contemporary art and the theoretical basics of contemporary practices, as well as to enable them to analyze academic texts, and to express their own opinion in an open discussion in English. The course provides an up to date corpus of texts and art works in different media, ranging from the latest exhibitions of the Venice biennial, dOCUMENTA, to the running exhibitions in London or Budapest. The course focuses on a critical reading and interpretation of texts and works and builds on the creative approaches of students with divergent interest. The seminar led by: Varga Tünde Mariann,PhD

Centers and Peripheries (course code: AKB-EUM, ECTS credits 2): Intellectual Journey alongside the centres of the European Modernism. From Paris to Vienna and Oslo to Berlin the class examines artistic movements, artists and the conceptual trajectories of modernism in the early years of the Twentieth Century. Janos Sturcz PhD

The Hungarian University of Fine Arts completes year two of Intensive Programme in Stuttgart

Correspondences and Interventions:
Correspondences and Interventions is a three year project (2011-14) funded through the Erasmus Programme initiated by the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. It aims to improve the quality of teaching programmes and increase cooperation between the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, the Kingston University in London, the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design.Forty students and twelve teachers meet during three Intensive Programmes, over a period of three years, to create and communicate.

Documentation here: Correspondences and Interventions

Contact: / Web: Transpraxis