January

Concept of 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial announced

on Wednesday, 16 December 2015. Posted in ---2016---, January

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Curated by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley, the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial titled 'ARE WE HUMAN? : The Design of the Species : 2 seconds, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years' will run from 22 October to 4 December 2016.

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial explores the intimate relationship between the concepts of “design” and “human.” Design always presents itself as serving the human but its real ambition is to redesign the human. The history of design is therefore a history of evolving conceptions of the human. To talk about design is to talk about the state of our species. Humans have always been radically reshaped by the designs they produce and the world of design keeps expanding. We live in a time when everything is designed, from our carefully crafted individual looks and online identities, to the surrounding galaxies of personal devices, new materials, interfaces, networks, systems, infrastructures, data, chemicals, organisms, and genetic codes. The average day involves the experience of thousands of layers of design that reach to outer space but also reach deep into our bodies and brains. We literally live inside design, like the spider lives inside the web constructed from inside its own body. But unlike the spider, we have spawned countless overlapping and interacting webs. Even the planet itself has been completely encrusted by design as a geological layer. There is no longer an outside to the world of design. Design has become the world.

Design is the most human thing about us. Design is what makes the human. It is the basis of social life, from the very first artefacts to the exponential expansion of human capability. But design also engineers inequalities and new forms of neglect. More people than ever in history are forcibly displaced by war, lawlessness, poverty, and climate at the same time that the human genome and the weather are being actively redesigned. We can no longer reassure ourselves with the idea of “good design.” Design needs to be redesigned.

3rd Istanbul Design Biennial 2016
Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley at the Press Conference of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial at the Archeological Museum Istanbul, Photo: Muhsin Akgun

ARE WE HUMAN? : The Design of the Species : 2 seconds, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years invites a wide arrange of designers and thinkers from around the world to respond to a compact set of eight interlinked propositions:

DESIGN IS ALWAYS DESIGN OF THE HUMAN
THE HUMAN IS THE DESIGNING ANIMAL
OUR SPECIES IS COMPLETELY SUSPENDED IN ENDLESS LAYERS OF DESIGN
DESIGN RADICALLY EXPANDS HUMAN CAPABILITY
DESIGN ROUTINELY CONSTRUCTS RADICAL INEQUALITIES
DESIGN IS EVEN THE DESIGN OF NEGLECT
“GOOD DESIGN” IS AN ANESTHETIC
DESIGN WITHOUT ANESTHETIC ASKS URGENT QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR HUMANITY

These propositions will be explored over the coming year in events, classes, workshops, and online discussions – including open calls for responses to the propositions by short videos. This year of exploration around the world will culminate in a dense program of exhibitions, debates, broadcasts and publications during the six weeks of the Biennial in Istanbul that opens in October 2016. This Biennial is an archaeological project. It is not about celebrating particular designers or about visualizing remarkable futures. It will be a multi-media documentary about the state of design today, when everyday reality has outpaced science fiction. It will place the extreme condition of contemporary design into the context of the extended 200,000 year history of our species – from the first standardized ornaments and the footprints of the first shoes to the latest digital and carbon footprints. A Biennial normally focuses on the last 2 years. The time frame for this exhibition will span from the last 2 seconds to the last 200,000 years. Ancient archaeological artefacts from Turkey and the region will be presented at the heart of the Biennial to reframe the latest real-time thinking about design.

Rather than a singular design branding, a number of young Turkish graphic designers – Pemra Ataç, Yetkin Başarır, Özge Güven, Okay Karadayılar, and Sarp Sözdinler – will work on different dimensions of the biennial, from the streets to the publications, to the exhibition, and to the online activities. The multiplicity of visual identities will be treated as an integral part of the reflection on design rather than simply packaging or communication. Likewise, the exhibition architecture by Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation particularly (Roberto Gonzalez Garcia, Laura Mora, Federico Landi) will act as clusters of interactive clouds for reflection and discussion. Evangelos Kotsioris is the Assistant Curator of the project and the online dimensions are being directed by Iván López Munuera.

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial exhibitions will be held in Galata Greek Primary School, DEPO and Studio-X. The details of the biennial’s events programme will be announced later in 2016.

Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin’s works on view at MoMA

on Wednesday, 23 December 2015. Posted in ---2016---, January

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Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin’s works 'Pension Cadiz', 'Hotel Bristol' and 'Hotel Estambul', all from the H-Fact: Hospitality/Hostility series (2003-07) are currently on view at the 'Scenes for a New Heritage' collection exhibition at MoMA in New York until 10 April 2016.

Alptekin’s work ‚Hospitality/Hostility’ refers to hotel signs, which reappear in Alptekin’s works in various media over the course of his career. The artist started taking photographs of hotel signs in Istanbul, which showed names of international places such as Bristol, Cadiz, Berlin, Dallas or Padova in the 1980s. The artist was fascinated by the aesthetics of the side-streets rather than the grand boulevards. The project grew over the following decades with international travels, eventually turning into plexi hotel sign installations. These signs tell the story of Alptekin’s encounters and travels and relate to ideas of nomadism, relocation as well as memories and longing of certain places.

‚Scenes for a New Heritage’ is the new reinstallation of MoMA’s Contemporary Galleries. This cross-medium selection of works, created in the past three decades by more than 30 international artists, represents a wide range of approaches to the political, social, and cultural flux that have shaped the current global landscape. Some of these artists use the lens of history—reflecting on past events or centuries-old artistic traditions—as a means of assessing current conditions. In 'Scene for a New Heritage', the project that lends the exhibition its title, Croatian artist David Maljković uses an abandoned socialist monument to imagine an alternate future, one informed by events of the past but never realized. Other artists fight to stave off collective amnesia through projects of commemoration; trace the crosscurrents of trade; follow patterns of migration to swelling urban centers; or explore channels for capturing, circulating, and distributing images in today’s highly digitized society—from mobile phones to online platforms. Made under a diverse range of geographic, political, social, and aesthetic circumstances, the works in the exhibition propose one perspective on the Museum’s collection; seen alongside one another, they allow for a reflection not only on their discrepancies, differences, and contradictions, but also on their shared concerns.

Artist, writer, lecturer and curator Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin (b.1957, Ankara d. 2007, Istanbul) studied Aesthetics, Philosophy of Art and Sociology in Ankara and Paris. He then worked as a photographer for SIPA Press and wrote for various publications as an art and design critic in addition to lecturing at Ankara Bilkent University and İstanbul Bilgi University. Starting in the early 1990s, Alptekin focused on art practice guided by travel, personal histories and archives that explored the effects of globalization, immigration, exile, cross cultural image circulation and anonymous production. His diverse body of work – consisting of photo installations, collages, videos, objects and, once, a life-size truck overloaded with colorful plastic soccer balls – represents a multi-layered, complex visual language. From 2000-2004 Alptekin ran a non-profit artists’ collective called ‘Sea Elephant Travel Agency’ (SETA).Inspired by Jules Verne’s novel Kéraban-le-Têtu, he gathered artists, curators, musicians, architects, historians and scientists to board a boat that sailed from Istanbul to various ports around the Black Sea, following the route of the novel’s protagonist. The online version of SETA, launched by InEnArt and SALT Research in memory of Alptekin in the Spring of 2013, invites artists and art professionals to participate in an ongoing visual and performing arts laboratory that aims to transcend labels and borders.

Huseyin Bahri Alptekin H-Fact: Hospitality/Hostility, 2003-07
Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, H-Fact: Hospitality/Hostility series, 2003-07, light boxes, dimensions variable Courtesy the estate of the artist, Galerie Martin Janda and Rampa

Turkey's project for the 15th International Architecture Biennial announced

on Sunday, 10 January 2016. Posted in ---2016---, January

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Following an open-call and a two-stage evaluation, the selection committee has determined the project that will be exhibited at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia taking place from 28 May - 27 November, 2016. Led by Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu, Ertuğ Uçar, and Feride Çiçekoğlu with the support of Namık Erkal and Cemal Emden, and created by the team composed of Hüner Aldemir, Hande Ciğerli, Gökçen Erkılıç, Nazlı Tümerdem and Yiğit Yalgın, the project this year’s Pavilion of Turkey has the title ‚Darzanà’.

Inspired by the Mediterranean’s former twin harbours of Venice and Istanbul, the project’s title, the word Darzanà, describes an inlet used for building ships in Ancient Greek, Latin, Jewish, Arabic, and Turkish cultures. The project aims to confront the Arsenale and the historic Istanbul shipyards at the biennial, carrying the Istanbul dock and its accompanying historic associations, exchanges, discussions, similarities, and visions of the future to a shipyard in Venice.

The Pavilion of Turkey exhibition is coordinated by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, and realised under the co-sponsorship of Schüco Turkey and VitrA, and the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey.

The Pavilion of Turkey opened at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia in 2014 for the first time, upon a 20-year allotment of the Arsenale with İKSV’s initiation and the contribution of 21 supporters.

Darzana, Pavilion of Turkey 15th Architecture Biennial in Venice 2016
Darzanà, Pavilion of Turkey, 15th Architecture Biennial in Venice 2016, Photo: IKSV

Istanbul Galleries at Art Dubai 2016

on Saturday, 09 January 2016. Posted in ---2016---, January

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The 2016 edition of Art Dubai, running from 16 – 19 March will host 5 galleries from Istanbul such as Zilberman, Rampa, Sanatorium, x-ist and Krampf Gallery.

Galeri Zilberman will exhibit Alpin Arda Bağcık, Extrastruggle and Walid Siti at the fair, while Sanatorium will have a solo exhibition of Ahmet Doğu İpek. Rampa brings major artists from Turkey such as Ahmet Oran, Selma Gürbüz Nevin Aladağ and Gülsün Karamustafa to Dubai and x-ist will show Murat Palta and Emin Mete Erdoğan. Krampf Gallery presents a solo show of Yassine Mekhnache.

Nevin Aladag

PATTERN MATCHING (PEPPER-SALT), 2012 Carpet collage 192 x 112 cm, 75.59 x 44.09 inches Courtesy the Artist and Rampa Istanbul at Art Dubai

Extrastruggle
Extrastruggle, Second Sight, 2013, Brass and car paint on polyester, 27x27x52 cm, Ed. 3+1 A.P. Zilberman Istanbul at Art Dubai

Ahmet Doğu İpek
Ahmet Doğu İpek, Sanatorium Istanbul at Art Dubai

Murat Palta
Murat Palta, Kill Bill, monoprint on fine art paper, 60 x 85 cm, 2012, x-ist Istanbul at Art Dubai

Istanbul Galleries at Art Basel Hong Kong 2016

on Tuesday, 22 March 2016. Posted in ---2016---, January

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The 2016 edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, running from 24-26 March will host 2 galleries from Istanbul such as Dirimart and Pi Artworks.

Dirimart Pi Artworks presents Dhaka-based Bangladeshi artist Tayeba Begum Lipi's solo project as part of the fair's 'Insights' section on Level 3.

Insights presents precisely curated projects focused on artists from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region (broadly defined as from Turkey to New Zealand, the Middle East to the Indian sub-continent). The projects featured in this sector may include solo shows, exceptional art-historical material and strong thematic group exhibitions. Galleries from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region as well as non-Asian galleries with an exclusively Asian program are also eligible to apply for this sector.

Tayeba Begum Lipi, Reversed Reality, 2016

Tayeba Begum Lipi, Reversed Reality, 2016 Courtesy the Artist and Pi Artworks