While the first term of the multidisciplinary artists exchange program between Europe and Turkey under the Be Mobile – Create Together! project comes to an end, artists involved in the residency program started revealing their work.
Be Mobile – Create Together! Project is co-funded by the EU-TR Intercultural Dialogue Programme and implemented with the leadership of the French Cultural Center in partnership with the Dutch Embassy, the Goethe-Institut and the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV). Artists who have attended the residency programme have just started to exhibit and share their productions of this period.
The project which has started last September and will continue until May 2020, will be hosting a total of 30 artists from different disciplines at major residencies across France, Germany, Netherlands, and Turkey for different periods. Up until now, 10 of 30 artists have been distributed between residencies for periodic stays considering their preferences and areas of interest,
Performances in different parts of Istanbul
In the first phase of the project, İKSV Artist House hosts Lina Gómez, Kasia Fudakowski and Nina Kuttler, while Abel Korinsky is staying in arthereistanbul. The artists who had the chance to experience the city for three months had the opportunity to exhibit their work with reflections of these unique experience.
Berlin-based vocal artist Abel Korinsky, who has been working in Istanbul since 15 September, put his signature on a 9-day light and sound installation at the Istanbul City Lines Haydarpasa Pier between 6-15 December. YAKAMOZ, as he titled his work, was inaugurated on Thursday, December 5 with a live electronic music performance.
Visitors first took an acoustic journey inspired by the melancholic atmosphere of Istanbul with the club culture in Berlin. Followed by the multi-channel, live system YAKAMOZ, which presents a whole new auditory experience with the sounds leaping from the unique space of Istanbul.
Lina Gómez, a performance artist who stayed at İKSV Artist House, delivered a special performance at Hasköy Wool Thread Factory (Hasköy Yün İplik Fabrikası) on Monday, December 2. She describes this performance as an “open rehearsal” where she was accompanied by seven students and six vocal artists from the Fine Arts Department of Mimar Sinan University.
Known for her entertaining works including sculpture, performance, writing and film, the artist Kasia Fudakowski shot a short film during her stay in Istanbul. The film will be exhibited in Germany next year. Fudakowski’s two other work produced as part of her residency in Turkey will also be exhibited in Europe.
During her stay in Istanbul, Nina Kutler did research on coastal cleaning. She participated in the second marine litter survey in Istanbul’s Filburnu coast within the scope of ANEMONE Project with TUDAV (Turkish Marine Research Foundation) on 23 November.
What did Turkish Artists Do in Germany, Netherlands, and France?
Since September, six Turkish artists in different disciplines have been participating in residency programmes in France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
İlayda Tunca, one of these artists, has just introduced her self-published book “Deconstruction of the Tale Jack and the Beanstalk” in an open studio event she called “A Juicy Topic to Mumble” at the well-known residency programmes Cité Internationale des Arts on 10th of December.
Didem Yalınay was the guest of Le Cube, the art center of Paris which focuses more on digital arts, had the opportunity to expand her works with international participation. The artist, working interdisciplinary between academia and art and focusing particularly on generative art, organized a workshop “Rethinking ‘data’ ://noise/less” on November 20 at Cite Internationale des Arts. In the workshop she also performed a generative installation as a space/a gap/a void in the data world through which she invites audience to find ways of creating data together.
Gülşin Ketenci, who is interested in photography projects and documentary filmmaking, has been in Berlin since 15 October as the guest of Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Gülşin, who will continue her production here until March 15th, is currently working on a project about women basketball team “Türkiyemspor” in Germany. She aims to produce photographic stories to make women’s labor more visible in all areas and shared her works in an open studio event organised on November 14th.
Canan Yücel Pekiçten has spent October in Amsterdam as the guest of Dansmakers artist house that focuses on contemporary dance studies, in cooperation with theatre unions RAST and Dansmakers Amsterdam. She had her performance “How to Enjoy Ceylon Tea” at Podium Mozaiek, which was a solo dance show demonstrating alternative ways to enjoy the colonial product, Ceylon Tea. Her work is inspired by Georges Bizet’s Orientalist opera “The Pearl Fishers” about a community of pearl fishermen from Ceylon. In her dance performance, Canan calls attention to the dominant way of theorization in the West over the consumption of tea.
Burcu Yağcıoğlu, whose works are shaped with drawings, videos, collages, and installations based on research on biological processes, has stayed in Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht during November. Working on a plant mutation known as Fasciation, she gave a presentation on art practice, mutation of plants and botanical anomalies on November 27.
In October Diren Demir, a guest of the Amsterdam-based Rast Theater presented an interactive installation entitled “Confessions te at Podium Mozaiek’ on October 20 in partnership with Theater RAST and Dansmakers. In his installation, Diren invites the participants to make one confession of his own sins for each confession.