The transit lounge is the archetypal transit space, the point where the hyper-global + hyper-local coincide; a location which blurs traditional conceptions of geo-political boundaries, creating pockets of international space within the borders of individual nation-states. An in-between space, it exists relative to a fixed departure and arrival point, not to the area that surrounds it.

The Transit Lounge is a series of overlapping residencies for Australian and German artists and architects in Berlin. It is also a blog where themes relating to the project will develop, collaborations will be initiated and sustained, and observations on the city collected. The Transit Lounge invites you to participate in these transnational conversations by commenting on the blog.

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The transit lounge is supported by Culturia and the DAZ

Saturday, October 07, 2006


Miriam Mlecek started studying architecture at the Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany where she received the bachelor after two years.During that time she also worked as coordinator and curator at the EXPO 2000 world exhibition in Hanover and for Alsop+Störmer Architects in Hamburg.

Postgraduate studies followed in Sydney, partly architecture at the University of Sydney, partly arts at the Sydney College Of the Arts. During her time overseas she started to be more and more involved in multimedia and installation art.The Advanced Art Student Exhibition at the Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney, featured her web design work “public/private” in 1999. She participated at several art workshops supervised by local artists to become tutor herself for the interdisciplinary workshop “superstudio” which took part at the University of Sydney in 1999. Outcome was the performance “The Australian Oasis”.

In 2000 she decided to continue with a master program at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany. During her time in Berlin she won the first prize in an art in context competition in Frankfurt/O. with a light installation work , planned an audio installation for the Vitra Design Museum, Berlin, took part in several exhibitions representing the University of the Arts in 2001/2002 and finished her education with the final project “in Transit” in the art class of Rebecca Horn in 2003. She won a first prize in a art in context competition inpublic space/Berlin and a third prize for a town planning competition of the city of Berlin.In 2004 she worked for Utz-Sanby architects in Sydney,being the project architect for several residential projects and an interior design for a Paddington restaurant.She won the 5th price for her essay “In Transit” at the Wilhelm-Braun-Feldweg Price for designcritical texts and founded Exquisite Corpse Inc. with Katie Hepworth in 2005.Their first exhibition was held in the “blank space” gallery in Surry Hills, Sydney in April 2005.Together with Katie Hepworth she founded the “transitlounge” studio and gallery, an artist-in-residency project in Berlin in 2006, which she curated and took part in the exhibition with her work “zwei räume”. She currently works with Tzannes Associates in Sydney.

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