İkinci Doğa / Second Nature
Art on a Card (October 2016)
Thirteen Istanbul-based artists created a set of five postcards inspired by Istanbul’s past, present and future, and how the development of the city over time relates to its sustainability.
As Istanbul’s cityscape continues to change, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find spaces for artistic dialog and collaboration. "Art on a Card" brought together local and foreign artists working in various mediums to provide their own perspectives on Istanbul in postcard format. Moreover, by making ‘art on a card’ these artists produced work that the broader public could easily access and afford. The artists were also be on hand for the two-day event to discuss their creations, and postcards remained on display for two weeks.
Participating Artists: Olga Alexopoulou, Beyza Boynudelik, Didem Erbaş, Boran Gürüney and Doruk Seymen, Betina Hobes, Judith Jung, Jen Lyons, Melanie Mehrer, Çiğdem Menteşoğlu, Katie Nadworny | Katrinka Abroad, Gabrielle Reeves Oral, Julie Upmeyer, Circuit Istanbul
Closet Circuit in Çukurcuma
Sehir Ezmesi // City Paste (March 2016)
Paul Brownlee // Gabrielle Reeves // Jessica Sim
The discussion of recent urban developments is as popular a topic in Istanbul as the weather - from the construction of the third bridge and airport, to the loss of green space, from long commutes and traffic, to the renovations of buildings and the addition of yet another gallery or cafe. The City Paste project creatively reflected on city change and the personal effects it has on people’s lives, for better or worse, as well as feelings of agency related to this change.
Within its broader themes and social portraits of city change, City Paste also featured a spotlight exploration on one of the most actively evolving districts in Istanbul today, Karaköy. The area is a living collage, home to docks, shared working spaces, a hardware and fish market, fish sandwich vendors (balık ekmek), as well as art galleries, cafes, and booming and looming hotel developments. Visual artist Gabrielle Reeves' works reflected on the delicate balances of this living collage, ecosystem, inspired by some of the Karaköy’s most distinctive residents: workers, seagulls and fish. Gabrielle also shares a personal connection to the neighborhood, as her studio is located in a shared han in Perşembe Pazarı.
The creators also actively invited visitors, the real paste that glues the city together, to contribute their experiences and opinions and to join in a wider conversation about city change.
City Paste was led by Paul Brownlee, Gabrielle Reeves, and Jessica Sim. Paul, Gabrielle and Jessica were also joined by a team of local and international collaborators. Contributing artists included: Stephanie Kuhlmann, architectural renderings and photography; Judith Jung, graphic design and prints; and Olivia Traut, creative research and design.
Paul Brownlee & Jessica Sim
Gabrielle Reeves Oral
Connect One Threads Launch and Exhibition (June 2015)
The launch event and Indiegogo campaign promotion for Connect One Threads took place at Closet Circuit in June 2015.
The launch event also included an installation about cotton production and the global clothing industry. At the interactive installation, visitors could:
- See, touch and feel our first line of 100% Turkish-made organic cotton shirts;
- Engage with the international artists who designed our shirts via social media;
- Learn about the global issues surrounding the clothing industry, and the solutions so that we can start to change them;
- Support our Indiegogo campaign and help us spread the word about Connect One Threads.
Museum of Garbage by FLYING Roots (March 2015)
MUSEUM OF GARBAGE was an initiative by a curatorial collective, FLYING roots, bringing thrown-away items from the streets and households of Istanbul, into the space of the gallery. The exhibition was composed of piles, mappings, and assemblages of waste-objects, and also included a pop-up cafe and conversation hub.
The MUSEUM OF GARBAGE derived from a concern for the ecology of waste management in Istanbul and a questioning of the role of the individual consumer within this complexity. Objects of waste - compostables, one-time-usables, and also re-usables - change in functionality and value. They are objects produced, consumed and disposed - often forgotten, sometimes collected, and eventually transformed. The MUSEUM OF GARBAGE was a re-positioning of waste-items, gathered from the streets of Çukurcuma and housed in the space of a gallery. Changing the context did not transform the items into a purely aesthetic form to be perceived as such, but rather bore the chance a different perspective, promoting a re-contemplation of their nature, use and consumption.
Visitors found themselves among carefully-stacked piles of things dis-posed, a mapping of Çukurcuma’s re-collected street-litter, and three-dimensional visualizations revealing the lives and cycles of expended items. Visitors were also invited to make their own contributions, together creating a momentary archive of the city’s discarded pieces.
For more information about FLYING Roots, the Museum of Garbage, or for photos of the exhibition, please visit FLYING Roots' website.