Sunday, September 23, 2001

A Coffee-House Conversation on the International Art World and its Exclusions

A Coffee-House Conversation on the International Art World and its Exclusions
September 23 - 24, 2001

A two day conference in Istanbul and London at the beginning and end of the Biennale, programmed by Kahve-Society in collaboration with OBCAP (Istanbul) and Autograph (London), 23nd September (Istanbul) & 11th November (London)

A Coffee-House Conversation on the International Art World and its Exclusions (at the time of the Istanbul Biennale) aimed to explore the cultural, economic and political conditions in which art is produced, and more importantly how art/culture is disseminated in an international context. It is programmed in parallel to the Istanbul Biennale (Egofugal‚ curated by Yuko Hasegawa, 22 September - 17 November 2001), in order to raise crucial contradictions about the reality of Internationalisms. The conference therefore asks: What are the conditions in which inclusion or exclusion from the International Art Scene is negotiated? (Overall Chair) Fatih Özgüven (TBC) introduced the conversations and coordinated the plenary (He writes for Radikal‚ Newspaper on mass culture and is part of a new wave of criticism in Turkish journalism).

1st Part: Meltem Ahıska, Kevin Robins, Erden Kosova
2nd Part: Ann Huber-Sigwart, Hüseyin Alptekin, Vasıf Kortun

Contents are found here.

Saturday, September 22, 2001

Snow.noise / Carsten Nicolai

September 22 - November 17, 2001

“They say that every snowflake is different.
If that were true, how could the world go on?
How could we ever get up off our knees?
How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?”
Jeanette Winterson, The Passion

Platform, founded by the Ottoman Bank, began its exhibition program with Carsten Nicolai’s “Snow.noise.” Carsten Nicolai’s project was one of the exhibitions organized by the 7th Istanbul Biennial under the auspices of the the Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Art.

Carsten Nicolai, who was inspired from research on snow crystals, presented a scientific experiment along with electronic music, drawings, and photographs. The visitors wore the gloves provided in the space, and produce snowflakes on special mechanisms of copper tube by using dry ice.

The artist has worked as a gardener and studied landscape design, is active worldwide in different areas of contemporary art. Participating in group exhibitions and biennials in cities like Liverpool, Kassel, Oxford and Tokyo, Nicolai emphasizes a motif of organic forms in his projects. Known also as a sound performer, he has released CDs under the name “noto”, Carsten Nicolai says that the production process of snow crystals as well as their inevitable variations is a mirror reflecting the creativity of the nature and the human beings.

The project was realized with the contribution of the Ottoman Bank.