Friday, April 30, 2010

My City Art and Public Space: May Symposium 8, 15 May 2010

As part of the My City project a group of international artists, writers, curators and museum professionals whose work relates to the subject of public art will meet for the symposium "Art and Public Space: May Symposium" to be held in Istanbul. The conversation will cover concerns and ideas about temporary monuments and the value of public squares, the production of new public cultural spaces, unauthorised public interventions and public art biennials.

Art and Public Space: May Symposium, part I
Saturday, May 8
İTÜ (Istanbul Technical University)
Taşkışla Campus, Conference room no: 127

Dieter Bogner [Art Historian (PhD), exhibition curator, museum planner, author, university lecturer and collector of site specific contemporary art, Vienna], Katrina Brown [Director of The Common Guild, Glasgow], Fulya Erdemci [Director of SKOR, Stichting Kunst en Openbare Ruimte (Foundation Art and Public Space), Amsterdam], Teresa Gleadowe [independent writer, editor and curator, London], Bilge Kalfa [imkanmekan, Istanbul], Julie Lomax [Head of Visual Arts Organisation, Arts Council England, London]

Art and Public Space: May Symposium, part II
Saturday, May 15
Dave Beech [member of the artist collective Freee, freelance writer, London], Luchezar Boyadjiev [artist, Sofia], Martin Fritz [freelance curator, consultant and writer, Vienna], Lauren Ross [Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator and Director of Arts Programs at Friends of the High Line, New York], Krzysztof Wodiczko [artist, Cambridge, MA], Zeynep Yasa Yaman [Art Historian, Hacettepe University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Art History, Ankara]

About My City:
Istanbul is currently celebrating its selection as European Capital of Culture 2010. To mark this important event the initiative My City was launched as part of the European Commission's Cultural Bridges Programme with the aim to establish partnerships between cultural actors in Turkey and Europe and to reciprocally raise cultural awareness.

My City brings five prominent European artists to Turkey to each develop a unique work of public art for a specific city to be inaugurated in September 2010. In addition to Istanbul, the cities include Çanakkale, Mardin, Trabzon and Konya, and together they represent the diversity of the country, both geographically and demographically. The artists are: Andreas Fogarasi, Austria (Istanbul); Clemens von Wedemeyer, Germany (Mardin); Joanna Rajkowska, Poland (Konya);Mark Wallinger, UK (Çanakkale); Mina Henriksson, Finland (Trabzon). At the same time, several of Turkey's leading artists will be given the opportunity to share their recent works at some of Europe's leading cultural venues.

Artists from Turkey participating in residency programmes in Europe are Can Altay, Centrum Sztuki Wspólczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw; Caner Aslan, Berliner Künstlerprogramm, Berlin;Gülsün Karamustafa / Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Vienna; Güneş Terkol, Gasworks: Exhibitions, International Residencies & Studios, London; Işıl Eğrikavuk, Hartware MedienKunstVerein & Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Dortmund and Leyla Gediz, HIAP and Näyttelyvaihtokeskus FRAME, Helsinki.

Artists from Europe have been nominated for My City by a panel of acclaimed international curators; Andrea Schlieker (UK), curatorial adviser for My City and Curator of Folkestone Triennial, Brigitte Franzen (DE), Director, Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Mika Hannula (FI), University of Gothenburg/ freelance curator, Sebastian Cichocki(PL) Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw and Silvia Eiblmayr(AT) Co-curator Austrian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2009 and selected together with British Council and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center.

My City has been conceived by the British Council in collaboration with local partners Anadolu Kültür and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center. The project is funded by the European Commission and the British Council and led by a dedicated team at the British Council in İstanbul.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

DK03: Distributed Identity

April 20, 2010 Tuesday, 19:00-21:00
Garanti Galeri – Platform Garanti
İstiklal Caddesi 115, Beyoğlu İstanbul

Tunç Topçuoğlu
Serkan Zihli

Personal identity data flows through a multiplicity of government and corporate information systems every day. Our activities are constantly being legitimized through social security numbers, chip enabled ID cards, banking/credit systems and commercial developments within the internet that involve social networks, etc. While this condition is exploited by activist artist groups such as The Yes Men who endeavor to find holes in such infrastructures, ultimately these systems enable increasing forms of social control that include visa processing and immigration governance. But, we can argue that it is still possible to perform ‘off the record’ by assuming tactics of multi-use identity, anonymity, or invisibility to allow our identities to be recomposed again and again in a variety of accessible hierarchies. The question to be raised in respect to such activities is: how do we react to the new realities generated by decentralized and distributed natures of identity?

Düğümküme Meetings is a new discussion series that aims to confront contemporary art by considering its relationship to rapidly developing technologies in the context of civil society issues.

Previous meetings:

DK02: Hybrid Public Space, Apr 6th –
Can Altay, Akın İdil (Valensas Technology Solutions), Mücteba Kılıç (Genç Siviller)

DK01: Distributed Work, Mar 3rd –
Karen Verschooren (Z33 Art Center), Emel Kurma (Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly), Hasan Yalçınkaya (Pilli Network)

Monday, April 05, 2010

Artist Talk

Miniature Existence, 2009

Thursday, April 8, 18:30
Istiklal Str. no:115 Beyoglu

Basim Magdy, artist in residence at Platform Garanti during April, will speak about his practice, upcoming projects and screen his recent video work "Turtles All the Way Down".

Magdy is interested in the space between reality and fiction and how it is systematically filled up by media distributed knowledge. His intention is not to investigate the authenticity of events, but rather, to consider how all of us tend to affiliate certain fictional imaginary with reality. By presenting those characters and events in unfamiliar contexts he tries to trick the viewer and play with their expectations. He uses absurdity as a tool to propose a different understanding of power structures and expose the authoritative practices implemented by the media.

Basim Magdy (1977) is an artist from Egypt. He lives and works in Cairo and Basel. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt (BFA Painting) in 2000. He has participated in various group exhibitions including As the land Expands, Al Riwaq Art Space, Bahrain (2010); Indefinite Destinations, DEPO, Istanbul (2010), Scratch, ADN Galeria, Barcelona (2009); Alive!, LUXE Gallery, New York (2009), Fake, MUSAC - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Leon, Spain (2008), Me Odio Y Quiero Comprar, Enrique Guerrero Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico (2007). He has had solo exhibitions in Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York, USA; Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland and Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt.

İmage: Miniature Existence, 2009