Thursday, December 21, 2006

Screening: Mathilde Willink SUPERPOES


Saturday, December, 23:00, 18:30
Mathildelicious
The Netherlands, 2002, 53'
A Jasmina Fekovic Film

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Wayward Canon: A forum for screening and collaboration



New Exhibition at Platform Garanti

December 13, 18:30
*Discussion - The Wayward Canon
Ian White and Mark Aerial Waller

A discussion between Ian White and Mark Aerial Waller on the ideas behind the Wayward Canon and the showing of art and film in unpredictable formats and spaces.


The Wayward Canon is a forum for screening and collaboration founded by artist Mark Aerial Waller for event-based interventions in film and television. The series presents cinema as a physical space, as well as a site for historical position and analytical content. The projects are typically durational, and introduce a specific relationship between films and the spaces in which they are presented.

December 15, 20:00
*Event-The Wayward Canon presents: Simon and the Radioactive Flesh

A film and intermittent art video screenings that transcend into a purgatorial nightclub setting with djs and disco balls – be prepared to dance.

Simon and the Radioactive Flesh uses Louis Bunuel's 45 minute film of an ascetic, Simon, a devotee of Simon Stylites, who proclaims his faith through standing on a column in the desert. The devil visits on several occasions to lure him from his duty, eventually succeeding in transposing him to purgatory; a beat nightclub in 1960's New York. In this reworking of the original film, each time the devil appears the narrative is interrupted by the insertion of a contemporary video art work. The interruptions continue throughout the film until finally we too are spatially interrupted, finding ourselves in a parallel to the purgatorial nightclub setting of the film's last dance, Carne Radioactivo (the Radioactive Flesh).

Artists' videos presented:
Benjamin Callaway / Carousel/
Sophie Brown and Catherine Evlid / Its time to give in /
Nasan Tur / The puddle and the blue sky /
Mark Leckey / We are (untitled)
Omer Ali Kazma / She has had it /
Pablo Bronstein / Trojan Horse /
With the collaboration of Giles Round.
Total screening time approx 1 hour, dancing thereafter.

Mark Aerial Waller is an artist in residence with IRP, Platform. He is currently working on a new film entitled 'Seed Bank' and a series of Wayward Canon events for Istanbul. The Canon has traveled internationally with presentations in London, Berlin and New York. Past events include: My Kleine Fassbinderbar, a 15 hour monument to Fassbinder's 'Berlin Alexanderplatz', installed in a site specific bar with a mirror reflecting the screen, The Sun Set, an invitation for artists, poets and writers to respond to the disjointed temporality and epic theme of Aaron Spelling's Hollywood soap, 'Sunset Beach' and La Societé des Amis de Judex, the recontextualisation of Apollinaire's pre-surrealist attentions to the early popular cinema of Louis Feuillade, where a smoke machine acts as a spatial and temporal agent.

Ian White is a adjunct film curator at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London and curator of the Special Programme at the 2007 Oberhausen Short Film Festival. As an artist, his most recent project was a collaboration with Jimmy Robert for Art Now at Tate Britain in December 2004.

Realised with support from the British Council in Istanbul and the Arts Council of England.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Lecture: Matthew Schum

Working in the City: What the 9th Istanbul Biennial can teach us about being in the city as artists and viewers

Matthew Schum

December 7, 2006, 18:30

Matthew Schum is a graduate student at the University of California San Diego in the program for history, theory, and criticism of Art, department of Visual Arts. He studied in Vancouver at Simon Fraser University prior to moving to California, via New York. As a researcher he has worked for the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, and most recently the Walker Art Center. Schum was born in Minneapolis in 1978.

This talk marks the completion of a three month residency at Plaform Garanti studying contemporary art, primarily through the lens of the last Istanbul Biennial.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Lecture and Book Launch: Mika Hannula


The Politics of Small Gestures Chances and Challenges for Contemporary Art
Mika Hannula
Lecture and book launch
December 1, 18:30

“The Politics of Small Gestures
Chances and Challenges for Contemporary Art"
published by art-ist, istanbul

...This is an argumentative book. It is openly opposed to quite a lot of different attitudes, trends and tendencies that are popular and widespread in contemporary art. It certainly has a good look at its enemies and a good go at them, but at the same time it tries to make a very precise point of also being for something else. In one simple sense, the whole book is about what that ‘something else’ can be. A ‘something else’ that comes in the guises and acts of small political gestures. A ‘something else’ that allows us to find and generate tools and the courage to find alternatives beside and beyond the instrumentalization of our life worlds, the society of the spectacle, the full blown commodification and mystification of artistic practice.

As an argument, it does not come out of nowhere. It has a distinguished background, a certain acutely present ‘thisness’, and hopefully also a future of a productive and challenging kind. The background that it emerges from is my personal experiences in contemporary art over the last couple of years. You will find numerous reflections on these confrontations with individual works of art in the main argument. What needs to be addressed, already at this point, is the intellectual debt this book as an argument owes to the realization of the 9th International Istanbul Biennial, curated by Charles Esche and Vasif Kortun, and held in September 2005. This book is an extended and developed version of an argument first put forward in an essay published in the Istanbul Biennial reader...

Mika Hannula,

Ph.D in Political Science, born 1967 in Turku, Finland.
Lives and works both in Berlin and in Helsinki. Works as lecturer, writer, critic and curator.

Currently professor for Art in Public Space at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland, and also associate professor for Artistic Research at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Göteborgs University, Sweden

A selection of publications:
Everything or Nothing – Critical Theory, Visual Culture and Contemporary Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, 2005
Artistic Research – methods, theories and practices, Göteborgs University, 2005 (with Juha Suoranta and Tere Vadén)
Rock the Boat: Localized Ethics, the Situated Self, and Particularism in Contemporary Art, Salon Verlang, Köln, 2003 (with Tere Vadén)