CIRCUIT (formerly Closet Circuit) is an arts and culture space that connects people through gatherings, exhibitions and creative education. Our programs encourage self-inquiry, environmental awareness, and community mindfulness. Through our events we continue to build a trusting, diverse community that share our hopes for change. Past and ongoing events include collective dinners, local creative bazaars, art exhibitions, social entrepreneur launch events, life drawing classes, and workshops.
As an organization we are uniquely committed to sustainability and mindful living, and we communicate these values through doing. We make garbage and recycling separation a visible process; require all projects to think about packaging and try to use sustainable versions; offer only reusable plates, glasses, and cutlery; and ask that people bring food in tupperware or other reusable packaging. In addition to operating with sustainable practices, most events touch on social or environmental themes and topics.
In addition to our own programming, we also collaborate with small-scale creative projects that use culture to make social change. Each collaboration is unique. For some projects we offer support through the use of our space, human and material resources, assistance with publicity, and access to a wider network and audience. The space is also available for independent rental for events or exhibitions. Please contact us if you have a project or workshop to propose or if you wish to rent the space.
CIRCUIT is partly sponsored by Sanatorium, a contemporary art gallery located in Beyoğlu, Istanbul.
CIRCUIT began as Closet Circuit in 2014 as a second-hand clothing store and shop for up-cycled and handmade products. The founder, Ülkü Çağlayan, also led breath workshops and offered spiritual life coaching. The original shop was in Çukurcuma, Beyoğlu. Following the Museum of Garbage exhibition by FLYING Roots in March 2015, the shop evolved into a space for for exhibitions and events related to arts and sustainability. The shop in Çukurcuma closed in April 2016, and the new location in Kadıköy opened September 2016, dropping the 'Closet' from the name. Not only is CIRCUIT easier to pronounce and remember, but our new space hardly feels like a closet! The space continues to grow, dedicated to visions for alternative living, a place where people can come together so share and support ideas and action.
We continue to seek collaborations. If you wish to propose a project, or if you would like to be directly involved as part of the CIRCUIT team, send us an email or drop by during open hours. The space in Yeldeğirmeni is also available to rent independently for relevant projects - exhibiting artistic work, hosting classes/workshops, promotional/fundraising events, etc. Please contact us for details and availability.