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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Sat Jan 01, 2005 00:00 - Fri Oct 01, 2004

The Web Biennial 2005 Starts Officially on January 1st 2005. Check out
the only Biennial for and on the WWW at


Comin soon: Web Biennial 2005

Fri May 28, 2004 03:44

The second of the Web Biennial series by the Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, iS.CaM, will be realised next year in 2005.

Open Call for proposals will start this fall and end late December 2004. This time we will have a theme: "Peace!".

All kinds of online art works are welcome. No commercial sites again but NGO's welcome. This year we will not accept redirection pages as URL's.

Other than these, we will try keep Internet and art as FREE and OPEN as possible.


Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, iS.CaM.


Contemporary Mythologies that Avoids the Post Modern Trap

At the Istanbul State Fine Arts Museum and Gallery in Beyoglu, between September 22 and October 4th, Genco Gulan



Web Biennial 2003

Thu Jun 05, 2003 00:00 - Tue Jun 03, 2003

Web Biennial 2003: International Bi-annual Contemporary Art Exhibition for the World Wide Web.

Web Biennial 2003 is the first international bi-annual contemporary art exhibition that will be located exclusively on the World Wide Web (W.W.W). The Web Biennial has been anounced, produced, exhibited and then will be documented on the Web. This approach is unique among other exhitions and Biennials as the consept is built upon this de-centralisation. Technically the navigation is based on a simple portal and a custom search engine. In this structure the participants not only host their own contents in their own servers but they also voluntarily change the source code of their index pages for navigation through the web. Hence the Web Biennial not only aims to offer an alternative approach for exhibiting online art but also an alternative approach for exhibiting art online.

Key Words: Web-art; net-art; World Wide Web; contemporary art; online exhibition; community formation; Biennial.

Web Biennial is a contemporary art exhibition which will be realised exclusively on the World Wide Web (W.W.W.) in every two years. The previews of the Web Biennial 2003 started in March 2003, the exhibition starts in June 2003 and the exhibition will be online till the end of the year 2003. Currently 60 artists from 15 countries confirmed their participation to the Web Biennial 2003. The access to these artworks will be from the portals and

This project is the result of a seven year research on the exhibition methods and represantation problem on the WWW. Most of the galleries or museums present representations of the artworks, such as scanned images of paintings or digital photos of sculptures, as online exhibitions. Moreover these images and information are mostly hosted on a single main server. In contrast Web Biennial deals mainly with artworks that are created for the networked environment or virtual artworks. More over the projeckt also uses the relations of the virtual environment.

For example the Biennial has been anounced and will be realised, produced, exhibited and than documented exclusively on the W.W.W. Several hundereds of e-mails have been exchanged. We made many new virtual friends. Still the project not only aims to offer an alternative approach for exhibiting online art but also an alternative approach for exhibiting art online.

In the exhibition all the projects are presented as diverse as possible. There were no limitations on media or size. We wanted to artists to create as unlimited as possible. Hence we created an alternative