Genco Gulan
Since 2002
istanbulmuseum@yahoo.com
Works in Istanbul Turkey

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BIO
Genco Gülan is a conceptual artist with an interest in new media and performance art. He studied Political Science and Art at Bogazici University then he pursued an MA degree on Media Studies at New School, New York. He got prizes from BP, New School, Lions, E.M.A.F. Nominated for the European Art prize in 2012 and got selected as a finalist. Gülan made solo shows in Istanbul, Ankara, Graz, Berlin, New York, Seoul and Zagreb. His works are presented in museums such as; Centre Pompidou, Pera, ZKM, MAM, Rio and La Triennale di Milano. He participated to festivals such as; Steirishes Herbst, Ars Electronica, Mediaterra, prog-me, Accente, Balkan Art and Istanbul Festival. His net-art pieces have been exhibited at irishmuseumofmodernart.org, rhizome.org and kanonmedia.com/ His works listed in required reading lists such as; City University, New York, Rice University and U.C. Santa Barbara. Gülan gave conferences at Yale, School of Visual Arts, Köln University and New York Institute of Technology. Genco Gülan and his art has been referred to by Newsweek, Herald Tribune, NY Arts, Art in America, Art News, Das Kunst, Beaux Arts and Idomenee. His monography edited Dr. Marcus Graf is published by Revolver Berlin the title "Conceptual Colors of genco Gulan". His book "De-Constructing the Digital Revolution" is published by LAP and both of the books are available at amazon.com/ Genco Gülan was in the Advisory Board of Balkan Biennial, Thessaloniki and International Programming Committee of ISEA Singapore. He is the founder of the Web Biennial. Currently he teaches at Mimar Sinan Academy and Bogazici University.
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EVENT

Webbiennial 14 Open Call


Dates:
Wed Apr 09, 2014 00:00 - Fri May 09, 2014

We are happy to announce that Webbiennial 14 is collecting artist worldwide to form its 12th online exhibition. Since 2002, web biennial is gathering the artists, working not only using online material and techniques but also on traditional mediums, around a theme which is selected by the curator.

To join and apply please visit Webbiennial14 website.

Contact: webbiennial14@gmail.com


EVENT

The Android of Genco Gülan at Antalya Museum


Dates:
Wed Mar 12, 2014 16:00 - Thu Mar 20, 2014

Location:
Antalya, Turkey

New technologies will be archeology soon...

“The Android Statue” of Genco Gülan will be exhibited in Antalya Archeology Museum in March for the first time. In the exhibition, also the sketches of his kinetic marble statue series, called “Robotic Statues” will be presented.

Genco Gülan gives references to archeology; even he produces new media artworks. Between the dates 12-20 March 2014, his artworks will be exhibited in Antalya Archeology Museum for the first time. His art try to predict the future of both sculpture as a discipline and humanity in general.

Conceptual artist Genco Gülan has been working on robots in the labs of different universities since the middle of 1990’s. He uses hardware and software of robots in many art projects. For example The artwork titled Robots, Football and War (RFW) of Gülan that consists physical robots, was part of a computer game “Balkan Wars” that won a prize from European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück in 1995. His play written by artificial intelligence (AI) robots was used in the project YEN! (New), presented in Pera Museum, for 16th Istanbul Theatre Festival.

The artist will give a conference called “Idea Art” at Akdeniz University Fine Arts Faculty on 13th March, 14:30 in conjunction with his solo show.


DISCUSSION

"Rediscovering the Meaning" solo show by Genco Gülan


Text by Sinan Eren Erk*

“We know there were worlds
So much older...
And they shall rise, and
Tell us much more the truth of man”

(Jimi Hendrix – Valleys of Neptune)

Conceptual artist Genco Gülan, has brought his new exhibition Untitled to light few days ago, January 21st, 2014. After years of work and experience, this can be considered as a resumé of his adventure in conceptual colors of contemporary art.



The gallery space (EKAV Foundation, Istanbul) is used in a manner that allows all artworks “to talk” with each other apart from their unique placement, preventing monotony. Different mediums are being used with a variety of measurements, colors and display styles. Axles, like arteries, feeding the ease of legibility around which the exhibition revolves. Therefore the focal point of "Untitled" is the concept of meaning. Each artwork has its meaning however, even though they belong to different series or they are made in different mediums, create a bigger and much intense chunk of information. The exhibition holds layers of information, ready to be interpreted by the viewer, divided into all works.

Gülan’s art is somehow a mixture of the past and the possible future. On one hand, the milestones of the art history (classical, modern or post-modern) are being re-imagined and adapted in today’s reality, on the other hand they are transformed into something that predicts the oncoming days in Jules Verne’s precision. The work 22.2 that is basically a QR code in a big scale, done using tiny black and white tiles (betebe), is a perfect representation of such mixture. The QR code symbolizing the future, when scanned with a tablet or smartphone, gives you a contemporary poetry that has a parallelism with Kurt Schwitter’s in Dada movement. Similarly in Being Rembrandt van Rjin, the image of the famous self-portrait is deformed and adapted in today’s world by replacing his face with Gülan’s and his painting equipment with a computer keyboard and a bunch of painting brushes. These two works are made in different mediums, in different dates but even so in the exhibition, not just because of their placement but also because of their cross relation, they create a different third meaning layer that is still in relation with the other two.

To understand the full potential of the exhibition, one must first get rid of his prejudgements about the concepts and meanings, then prick up ears for the conversation between the artworks and finally rediscover the meaning. Therefore the lines that you get from the works individually, are getting clearer and clearer, surprisingly, with the help of much more other in between them...

*Sinan Eren Erk is an independent curator and writer. He worked in 12th Istanbul Biennial and Istanbul Design Biennial as assistant curator and in Documenta13 as contributor/speaker.

DISCUSSION

"Rediscovering the Meaning" solo show by Genco Gülan


Text by Sinan Eren Erk*

“We know there were worlds
So much older...
And they shall rise, and
Tell us much more the truth of man”

(Jimi Hendrix – Valleys of Neptune)

Conceptual artist Genco Gülan, has brought his new exhibition Untitled to light few days ago, January 21st, 2014. After years of work and experience, this can be considered as a resumé of his adventure in conceptual colors of contemporary art.



The gallery space (EKAV Foundation, Istanbul) is used in a manner that allows all artworks “to talk” with each other apart from their unique placement, preventing monotony. Different mediums are being used with a variety of measurements, colors and display styles. Axles, like arteries, feeding the ease of legibility around which the exhibition revolves. Therefore the focal point of "Untitled" is the concept of meaning. Each artwork has its meaning however, even though they belong to different series or they are made in different mediums, create a bigger and much intense chunk of information. The exhibition holds layers of information, ready to be interpreted by the viewer, divided into all works.

Gülan’s art is somehow a mixture of the past and the possible future. On one hand, the milestones of the art history (classical, modern or post-modern) are being re-imagined and adapted in today’s reality, on the other hand they are transformed into something that predicts the oncoming days in Jules Verne’s precision. The work 22.2 that is basically a QR code in a big scale, done using tiny black and white tiles (betebe), is a perfect representation of such mixture. The QR code symbolizing the future, when scanned with a tablet or smartphone, gives you a contemporary poetry that has a parallelism with Kurt Schwitter’s in Dada movement. Similarly in Being Rembrandt van Rjin, the image of the famous self-portrait is deformed and adapted in today’s world by replacing his face with Gülan’s and his painting equipment with a computer keyboard and a bunch of painting brushes. These two works are made in different mediums, in different dates but even so in the exhibition, not just because of their placement but also because of their cross relation, they create a different third meaning layer that is still in relation with the other two.

To understand the full potential of the exhibition, one must first get rid of his prejudgements about the concepts and meanings, then prick up ears for the conversation between the artworks and finally rediscover the meaning. Therefore the lines that you get from the works individually, are getting clearer and clearer, surprisingly, with the help of much more other in between them...

*Sinan Eren Erk is an independent curator and writer. He worked in 12th Istanbul Biennial and Istanbul Design Biennial as assistant curator and in Documenta13 as contributor/speaker.

EVENT

"Untitled" 2014, solo show by Genco Gülan


Dates:
Tue Jan 21, 2014 18:30 - Sat Mar 01, 2014

Location:
Istanbul, Turkey

Contemporary artist Genco Gulan, acts almost like a story teller, with a digital rod in his hand and introduces us his new work that appeal to different senses in his recent exhibition called “Untitled" 2014. Gulan, who is one of the leading names of contemporary art, continues bringing the traditional and the extreme together with his compositions prepared by surprising objects, installations that are exclusive to their location and extraordinary paintings. With those post-modern stories that are created with various media and surprising materials, he fiddles with the audience’s minds.

“Untitled" 2014 reminds a retrospective, with sculptures, paintings and objects that each tell their own stories. The exhibition is tailored with refences to archaic, art history, modernism references and confides the artist’s work reserve that is accumulated through the years.

“Untitled" 2014 builds an observatory that one can read the artist’s mind over the statues formed with a teasing and judgmental attitude, paintings that digress from the usual margin with their unique bits, visual relations that are formed with music and unusual object placements.

Artist creates inter-sense pathways within his unrestricted borders through the visuality of a symphony without G notes (Symphonie Sans Sol) and the chocolate sculptures that arouse the senses of smell and taste? In “Untitled" 2014, it is possible to encounter some orientalist works as well as the traditional and modern ones. Genco Gulan, puts himself on the backstage and leaves the relations behind the stories to the audience to process, in the universe that is composed of piece – whole, piece – piece and whole – whole relations. That relation and interaction between those, forms the language of the artist that is open for exploration and interpretation.

The harmony that emerges from the works that speak different languages and that their inner relations are solved by the audience, reveals the clues of Genco Gulan’s unique identity and spontaneity. “Untitled" 2014 welcomes a pleasant journey on vibrant colors, different textures, pathways to explore in this artistic observatory that urges the audience to examine every art-work closely.