tranzit.at (or "tranzit.at, Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Wissenschaft" as it is stated in the founding papers) was established in 2004 as a contributing part to the already existing tranzit bodies in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. tranzit.at was intended to be the "outer-voice" of tranzit.org, communicating the concerns and requests to an international art world. As well tranzit.at brought numerous international contacts constisting of artists, theorists, curators, philosophers and so on into the tranzit.org network. In its self conception as a mediating element within the network all joint activities, such as
– A series of city screenings and public as well as private seminars and colloquia in Innsbruck, Bucharest, Belgrade and Prague that involved the local opinion leaders and experimental scenes of the local art world and the tranzit Project leaders as well as prominent international guests.
– the conception of the website of tranzit.org, 2006
– the exhibition "Auditorium, Stage, Backstage" in Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2007
– the establishment of the Július Koller Society, 2008
– the Conference on the oeuvre of Július Koller, 2008/09
were coordinated, organized and financed by tranzit.at. Also all of the tranzit.org general legal and infrastructural concerns were dealt, coordinated and financed by tranzit.at.
Already in 2008 tranzit.at was undergoing a change in its structure by becoming a more active part in the programme conception of tranzit.org. Other than organizing and coordinating only the joint projects, tranzit.at started in 2008 additionally to participate in international projects as well. With the increasing international recognition – especially for the exemplary network structure of tranzit – tranzit.at reacted on proposals by international partners to do projects abroad and also spread the idea of connected organisational structures. Institutions, such as the Gyumri Biennial in Armenia or the Visual Culture Research Center National University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) were able to benefit from that so far.
tranzit.at is a non-profit charitable Civic Association. Its highest decision making body is the General Assembly, that is electing the local board for a 3 years function period (currently consisting of the writer Erich Klein, the curator Silvia Eiblmayr, the artist Dorit Margreiter). The chairman Georg Schöllhammer is delegated by the General Assembly to fulfill the function of the project head of tranzit.at and is responsible for the programme and content of tranzit.at.
tranzit.at’s main financial support comes from the ERSTE Foundation.