tranzit is a network working independently in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Slovak Republic and Romania since 2002.
The network has a polycentric structure as a collective of autonomous local units cooperating across various borderlines – between nations, languages, media, mentalities and histories.
The tranzit.hu contemporary art program has been running in Budapest since 2005. It creates platforms for discursive, research, and publication projects, and initiates collaborations on both international and local levels. tranzit.hu considers contemporary art an educational endeavor that supports the development of civic responsibilities. Consequently, art is researched, interpreted, and discussed at the intersection of different disciplines: in historical, political, and social contexts. Based on the Eastern European Neo-avantgarde tradition of critical art practices, tranzit.hu considers artistic activity a public issue, an attempt to participate in the public sphere.
tranzit.hu aims to create a space that is not simply a meeting point for artists and spectators, but a place where everyone is a participant. tranzit.hu aspires to contribute to the democratic and solidarity-based functioning of the art scene in Hungary, as well as to mediate between different spheres and disciplines by using the network capital of international curatorial practice. Besides dealing with urgent issues, its mission is to generate discourse around transdisciplinary and taboo topics, as well as to find appropriate forms for their discussion through public and participatory learning processes.
In its projects, tranzit.hu experiments with various themes and formats, such as alternative pedagogical and educational methodologies, forms of democratic cooperation, and critical thinking. A number of its projects aim to advance the professional self-empowerment of members of the Hungarian contemporary art scene by initiating dialogues and fostering community building within the art field. tranzit.hu curates discursive exhibitions and produces online and off-line publications.