Genco Gulan
Since 2002
Works in Istanbul Turkey

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, and 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 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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Swimming Rocks by Genco Gülan

Fri Jun 27, 2014 19:00 - Wed Jul 23, 2014

Izmir, Turkey

Contemporary artist Genco Gulan will show his new works at Gallery Metazori and Cesme Marina, both on the West coast of Turkey.

Genco Gülan’s new solo show; Swimming Rocks will be on exhibit at the Art Gallery of Kırmızı Ardıç Kuşu, Gallery Metazori in Çeşme, Alaçatı where he spent most of his childhood.

Swimming Rocks is not only the name of the exhibition, but also one of the significant artworks in the exhibition. Swimming stones, pumice, are a type of rocks that can float on the sea and be found in Aegean Sea, especially in Çeşme and Alaçatı inspired the artist in this process.

Gülan made a sculpture, named Swimming Rocks from these and other stones; therefore this and some other sculptural pieces will float on the sea and in the gallery. He made floating figurative, human-sized sculptures covered with stone.

Genco Gülan has also a series called as “New Landscape” in this exhibition. This series is a conceptual/electronic interpretation of landscapes as barcodes. These artworks let us ask ourselves many questions: How do the landscape pictures change in time? How different are our landscapes now? How will be landscapes in the future? Gülan juxtaposed classical landscape paintings, bacodes and produced new pieces.

Also, another surprise about this exhibition is that the artworks of the mother of Genco Gülan, Tezer Gülan and his grandmother, Saime İzmiroğlu will be also exhibited.

Last but not the least, Gülan is exhibiting a new series; Digital Ghost. The artist painted on large canvases; the non-existing images that appeared in his formatted laptop.

Gallery Metazori (Kırmızı Ardıç Kuşu)
Address: Yeni Mecidiye Mahallesi 3048 sokak No: 5 Alaçatı
Opening: 27 Haziran 2014 , 19:00

Sayra İnce Muran – 0535 774 94 07
Dila Karpat – 0538 698 57 46 –


Genco Gulan’s installation ‘The Great Conjugation’ @ Washburn Hall.

Mon May 05, 2014 17:00 - Fri Jun 20, 2014

Istanbul, Turkey

Genco Gülan’s Installation; ‘The Great Conjugation’ at Boğaziçi University’s famous Washburn Hall.

Conceptual artist Genco Gülan’s site-specific installation, ‘The Great Conjugation’, will be exhibited at Boğaziçi University’s Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences building, Washburn Hall. After 23 years, the artist returns to the building where he completed his undergraduate studies. This time he ties the twin towers of the historical building together from inside.

The artist, Genco Gülan’s site-specific installation series continues at Boğaziçi University’s Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences building, Washburn Hall. The project which changes and transforms depending upon the location will be displayed not in a museum but this time in an academic institution. Gülan’s installation named ‘The Great Conjugation’ could be seen at Washburn Hall through May and June 2014.

Gülan used approximately 1000 ties for this installation. All of the connected ties create a route tens of meters long and the line flows through the all five floors of the building. The ties connect the twin towers of the building from the inside which was built in 1906. Gülan invites the viewers to bring their ties and add them to the installation the generate a second level of participation.

Gülan’s work of art is not descriptive, it does not involve just one explanation. Both the objects that are used and the space-time relationship between them give a range of meaning to the piece. What Gülan tries to do is to constitute new semantic connections and summon new connotations by using the association of ideas. While he is doing that he claims the role of ‘playmaker’ and tries to be almost out of the picture. Even if the method is referring to Nicolas Bourriaud’s concept of relational aesthetics, the soft sculpture that came to life is more plastic and political among its contemporaries.

The ties that are used in the project have different colors, designs, brands and they were made in different countries. They were gathered from hundreds of domestic and abroad donators. The ties some of which are silk, nylon and wool conjugate and become a whole. The same ties were exhibited and greatly appreciated by viewers in The Thessaloniki State Museum of Contemporary Art and Ankara Contemporary Art Center in 2013. At the first display in Istanbul, they were attached with a crane to a skyscraper and rised 160 meters from the ground.

Genco Gülan was selected as a finalist at Sovereign Art Foundation European Art Prize in 2011. He had opened his first exhibition at White Saloon inside the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences building where he had also taken lots of courses while he was studying at the Department of Political Science and International Relations between 1987 and 1991. Gülan still gives lectures at the University he graduated from. ‘The Great Conjugation’ project is happening with the contributions of Prof Dr. Ayşe Gül Toker and the Faculty Secretary Hatıra Şenkon.


Webbiennial 14 Open Call

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.



The Android of Genco Gülan at Antalya Museum

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

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.


"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.