thanks for the extremely interesting posting especially as
it provided a glimpse into the local artist's activities.
It would be great to hear more as despite spending over
a week due to the busy symposium program it was
complicated to make local contacts.
>This has been an amazing discussion, and in a way it supports my
>paper's assertion that the distance between Turkey and North America
>(culturally) is large enough that many artists working in the other
>country often show cognitive dissonances or evidences of ontological
>shocks to the system.
>I think that people have been nailing the issues really well, and in
>my working with Turkish artists extensively over the past couple
>years, and meeting Basak Senova three years ago, I went from
>absolute culture shock in living in the culture with few Westerners
>during a project in 2010 to ongoing pieces, currently "My Day/Your
>Night" facilitated by Morehshin Allyahri, which is an interpretive
>project where Persian and American artists operate through a Turkish
>interpreter to create bodies of work. Over these two years, I'me
>been studying Turkish Media Art, and Burak Arikan has been doing
>great work in cataloguing them.
>What can be said about all this? There is a great interview with
>basak Senova in Ozkal/Pederson's book/social network project, "Gun"
>(Meaning day) that concisely maps out the landscape and differences
>with Turkish Digital Media. She outlines the idiosyncrasies of
>expression in Turkey, the cultural differences, and the access to
>technology, and that although there is a great diversity, that the
>same institutions keep hosing workshops and events, which seens like
>a frustration to her. I believe that the project will be available
>more widely as the initial edition was 100. I recommend it highly.
>As for ISEA:
>My perspective comes is bifurcated - as someone familiar with the
>Istanbul scene on a personal basis, and as someone who is a
>long-term ISEA attendee. In thsi sense, perhaps my perspective is
>just more pronounced, as it seems that attendees were torn between
>the city, the Bienalle, and the conference. I think that the
>conference at the Sabanci Center, as I never took the bus to the
>Communications Center, showed the challenges of istanbul aptly in
>being distributed and often not having enough room for the audience.
>However, I felt that the programming was very good, showing new
>trends in urbanism, locative media and AR, as well as wonderful
>panels of digital feminism, soundwalks, and a lot more.
>As for myself, I spent some time visiting local universities and
>having conversations with artists in the local LGBT community, which
>was amazing. I hope to continue my agenda of promoting Turkish
>culture in the US through various projects, but at this point, I
>almost feel that this trip, as with allmy trips leave me so full,
>that it takes time to digest, and it often takes months.
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