Sunday, September 03, 2017


A Panel: "Art Of Change: Strategies For Cultural Survival” Part of A GOOD NEIGHBOUR realized as a part of the
15th Istanbul Biennial’s Neighbouring Events Programme
Press Release
Vittorio Urbani
Panelists: Ayşe Erek, Beral Madra, Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu Organised by: Open Dialogue Istanbul & Nuova Icona
Curated by: Billur Tansel & Vittorio Urbani
Date: Friday, 15 September 2017
Location: Cezayir, Firuzağa Mahallesi, Hayriye Cad. No:12, Istanbul Time: 10:00-12:00
“A biennial can be a platform for dialogue, and a format in which diverse opinions, perspectives, and communities can coexist.” Elmgreen & Dragset
As the 15th Istanbul Biennial curators Elmgreen & Dragset view the biennial as a platform for a dialogue in which diverse opinions, perspectives and communities can coexist; this panel will consist of cross-disciplinary guest spea- kers dealing with the subject of “Art Of Change: Strategies For Cultural Survival” studied by professionals with diffe- rent backgrounds with an expertise in the critique, management, curating, history of art and architechure. Cultural perspectives and artistic practice will also be points of reflection.
The panel will be moderated by Vittorio Urbani (Curator, Founder of Nuova Icona); and the lecturers that will take part in this panel are Ayşe Erek (Academician and Art Historian), Beral Madra (Curator & Art Critic), Mehmet Kütük- çüoğlu (Architect & Founder of Teğet Architecture, one of the co-curators of the Turkish Pavillion of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale). The project will be realised as a part of the 15th Istanbul Biennial's neighbouring events programme, hosted by Cezayir.
We will look at how these professionals from different backgrounds view the same subject and how their perspectives coming from different educational backgrounds and interests can change their approach and analysis. Since the participants of this panel have all had experience in different biennials; examples of different biennials in various countries will be studied as ways of presenting visual culture and as a means of dialogue and cultural mediators between borders and disciplines of art. The relation between the materiality of the city and architecture, the existing system of art institutions, independent art initiatives, the existing cultural policy, the question of creating alternative spaces/ solutions for art, city, neighborhood, new potentials, the sharing of rules, style of management and ethics in the way institutions deal with artists will be amongst the topics to be discussed in the framework of the quick pace of change that reigns in the world today.
Realised as part of 15th Istanbul Biennial's neighbouring events programme

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