October

Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s Red/Red joins MoMA Collection

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Installation view of Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s Red/Red at the 14th Istanbul Biennale, 2015. Photo: Sahir Uğur Eren

Pieces from Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s installation Red/Red (2015), which was made for the 14th Istanbul Biennial, are included in the permanent collection of MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art in New York. The work comprises a series of patterns that the artist drew on worn-out papers and handmade notebooks with an inspiration from Armenian miniatures, and by using a specific red pigment traditionally made from an insect known as the Ararat cochineal and found around the Aras River. The pigment’s extraction technique remains largely in oblivion, known only by a few masters. The whole work was previously on display at Mathaf - Arab Museum of Modern Art for the second time after the biennial, on the occasion of its inclusion into the museum’s collection. Four patterns from the same series that were not exhibited in the biennial will be permanently on view at MoMA.

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Installation view of Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s Red/Red at the 14th Istanbul Biennale, 2015. Photo: Sahir Uğur Eren

3rd Istanbul Design Biennial kicks off

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Beatriz Colomina & Mark Wigley, Curators of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial photo: Mahmut Ceylan

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’ runs from 22 October to 20 November 2016. 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. The exhibitions will be held in Alt Art Space, DEPO Galata Greek Primary School, Studio-X and the Istanbul Archaeology Museums.

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.

'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
 “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 on 22 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.

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Sven Torfinn/Panos, Kenya, Kajiado District, 2011
Masai farmer using mobile phone to check the latest marked produce prices Courtesy İKSV

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Fritz Kahn: Man Machine/Maschine Mensch, Ed. by Uta von Debschitz and Thilo von Debschitz, 2009 Courtesy İKSV

Şakir Gökçebağ receives Leo-Breuer Award

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The prize is awarded every two years by the Landschaftsverband Rheinland in cooperation with the family Leo Breuer and the Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung in Bonn. The jury stated that the artist’s work stands for a „crucial further development of the theme of constructive art“.

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Exhibition view of Şakir Gökçebağ 'Reorientation' at Kunstverein Ludwigshafen a. Rhein, 2016

Istanbul Dealers launch Gallery Weekend

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The fourteen Istanbul dealers artSümer, C.A.M. Gallery, Empire Project, Daire, Galerist, PG Art Gallery, Pi Artworks, KARE, Galeri Nev, Öktem&Aykut, Rampa, Sanatorium, Zilberman Gallery and x-ist, are launching a new initiative in order to boost the Turkish art scene to be held first from 30 September to 2 October 2016.

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Blok opens new project Space

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The gallery based in Istanbul’s Çukurcuma district just opened a new project space in the ancient part of the city: Büyük Valide Han in Mahmutpaşa district. Constructed by the order of Kösem Valide Sultan in the 17th century, Büyük Valide Han is known as the biggest inn in Istanbul Hoping to establish an open space, Valide Han’s intended usage will include artist workshops and residency programs for artists creating space-specific works.

Blok wants to urge viewers to explore the inn with each project, and introduce new and in-depth points of view towards time and history. To achieve this, they hope to work with artists and researchers that can address the historical, sociological, and political complexity of Büyük Valide Han from various perspectives.

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Blok project space at Büyük Valide Han in Mahmutpaşa district, Istanbul