Engaging Minds, from Boston to the world!

TransCultural Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting international art and the understanding of world cultures, through high quality art exhibitions, cultural exchanges and educational programs and conferences at their home base in Boston and throughout the world.

Since 2007, Transcultural Exchange has also produced four Boston biennale Conferences (2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013), referred to "as one of the best things in the art world today," by London Biennale Director David Medella.

One of the main goals of these encounters is to inform artists living in Massachusetts and other parts of United States about the Artist in Residence possibilities worldwide. They do this by face to face information exchange during this meeting.

During October 2013, TCE offered its fourth conference, under the theme of “Engaging Minds”.

This was a four-day event bringing together curators, galleries, funders, critics, artist-in-residency directors and artists from around the world for a unique cross-disciplinary platform to network, showcase, support and promote artists' work.

Together with Mario Caro (President of Res Artis) we were invited to participate in diverse sessions and activities. Mario was part of a session over Residency Networks and what they could do for the field, for organizations and artists. I was invited to expose in a session over Guarding the bridge by music and over AquaPhone performance in the session Art of Sound, to give portfolio reviews and also as a presenter in a Pecha Kucha session. There were two Pecha Kucha sessions with two parallel presentations by 15 residencies each.

This was one of the 20 moderated panels that took place with four to six panellists each.

[Left] Panel "Entrées to New Worlds" with (from left) Helene Larsson, Sweden (moderator) Irene Hediger, Zürich University of the Arts, Switzerland Ariane Koek, CERN Geneva, Switzerland Zhang Ga, Academy of Arts and Design, Beijing, China Crispin Weinberg, Biomedical Modelling, Boston, USA [Right] A view of how the Portfolios Reviews took place. Artists and mentors.

The Portfolios Reviews were very interesting. This is a very popular format among the artists. These are mentoring sessions where the representatives of the residencies comment the portfolios presented to them by artists. This provides also an opportunity for the residencies to select artists or engage for further collaborations in the future.

Mario Caro discussing with a bunch of interested people about Res Artïs: What Res Artis is, what it does, for whom it does what it does and how it does it. This is one of the four groups with a dozen interested people each Mario did answer all their questions concerning Res Artis.

In general, many of the residencies invited by Mary Sherman, the TCE chair and engine, are in fact Res Artis members. As you can imagine, it was a great opportunity to meet with old colleagues, to have discussions with and among members as well and discuss the life around residencies.

TCE takes place every second year and brings together roughly 100 residencies and 100 artists.

There is no other conference of a similar size.

We are already looking forward to 2015!

About the author

Karol Frühauf is the Director of the Bridge Guard Art/Science Residence Centre in Štúrovo, Slovakia and also Board Member of Res Artis. The residence supports artistic and scientific projects with the main characteristic being "bridging"— crossing disciplines, uniting opposites, or exploring and moving boundaries in a social context— while relating to the locality during a three to six month sojourn at the residence.