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

Six and a Half: Books as the subject and object of Art.


Dates:
Wed May 15, 2013 18:30 - Fri May 31, 2013

Location:
Istanbul, Turkey

Six and a Half" is the new solo project of Genco Gulan where he used books as the subject and object of his art. Thus, its no coincidence that he is opening up this show in a bookstore. The name of the show comes from the reading statistic: In Turkey, currently, there are six and a half books per person. Gulan, in this project, interpreted his set of books without utilising any digital means.


EVENT

The Tumult of an Inanimate Love by Amir Shingray


Dates:
Tue Mar 05, 2013 19:00 - Mon Mar 25, 2013

Location:
Istanbul, Turkey

The Tumult of an Inanimate Love
SOLO by Amir Shingray


Sudanese-Canadian artist Amir Shingray opens his second solo show in Istanbul at Gallery Artist Lab. Exactly twenty one years later. Shingray's last solo show in Istanbul was mounted in February 1992 at Istanbul French Cultural center.

"An emotional roller coaster, seeing old friends after twenty years, now they're with families and grown children" said Shingray describing the past two weeks "In addition to that seeing the old city again made me shift my plans and start making works about this return to Istanbul" continued Shingray explaining the return to the city of his youth and where he started his art career as a student in Bogazici University.

At this show Shingray will present works from two sequences:
1- Prosthetic for an Ottoman Eunuch
"Prosthetic for an Ottoman Eunuch" is a sequence of works that explores the intersect of race, sexuality, power.

In many ways the overly Sexualized black man have contributed to an incredible amount of violence ultimately expressed in the traumatic severing of the penis and the testicles of young African boys for functional reasons. Having seen some images of "Kizler Agasi" driven the Artist to engage in investigating the incredible survival power of these African men through reconstruction various imaginary profiles. The works will be and attempt of modern portraiture through the prism of recent development of the African Diaspora Identity. These works are extension to Shingray older works abut forced immigration and displacement.

2- The Tumult of An Inanimate Love
"The Tumult of An Inanimate Love" is a sequence of works that deals with the artist inability to sever a creative umbilical cord between himself and Istanbul. As the city and what it represented and continue to represent has been a source if continuous inspiration to his work. As he explains it "I have been away for two decades and, yet, I continued to worked on many series that dealt with my relationship to Istanbul, in a way I have mythologized my past existence in Istanbul for the twenty years I have been away, which contributed to a very tumultuous and emotional return to the city".

In executing these works Shingray worked on developing larger visual vocabularies that can best describe these sentiments.
Amir Shingray's visit to Istanbul was facilitated by an Artists Grant to Toronto Arts Council and an invitation by Galataperfom. While in Istanbul Mr.Shingray works at Genco Gulan's Studio at Galata Istanbul.

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OPPORTUNITY

Web Biennial 2014: Open Call for Curators and Curatorial Projects


Deadline:
Sun Mar 24, 2013 09:35

Location:
Istanbul, Turkey

Web Biennial 2014:
Open Call for Curators and Curatorial Projects

Web Biennial is a bi-annual, contemporary art exhibition that is dedicated for net-art, web art and online projects. Since 2002, Web Biennial introduced thousands of cutting edge online art and artists to a wider public.

The Project, different from other Biennials. It is not only an exhibition but an online collection, and archive. Some project went online but many remain online for more than ten years.

Web Biennial has been etablished as an initiative of Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum by Genco Gulan. Starting in 2002 with the Reload exhibition we made the biennials in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012 with or without curators. We had produced online exclusive shows, a symposium as well as physical presentations at one or multiple cities. (For example “Regeneration.011,” curated by Marcus Graf at Plato Sanat)

Web Biennial is an artist run, independent art organisation like iS.CaM and we aim to remain independent. We are not linked with state or any other organisation but we collaborate with many.

For the Web Biennial 2014 we are looking for; curators and curatorial projects as well as a curatorial theme. The curator could be a person or a group. Curatorial Project could be an online exhibition and/ or a physical exhibiton.

Please also explain your idea about a possible information architecture, maintanance of the online site, your plans about funding the project and ideas on the overall sustainability of the WB. Also please let us know if you prefer to make a Symposium together with the exhibition.

Please email your one A4 proposal to:
webbiennial@gmail.com

Attention: Meknuze Kırant

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EVENT

EYEBALLiNG


Dates:
Mon Dec 17, 2012 18:00 - Sun Jan 13, 2013

Location:
Ankara, Turkey

ALi ŞENTüRK / ALPER AYDIN / AMIN DAWAIE / ARZU EŞ / BARAN ÇAĞINLI / CEVAHİR ÖZDOĞAN / CEVDET SARI / ENGiN ASLAN / ELiF YILDIZ / ERDAL DUMAN / FATiH TAN / GAViN TURK / GENCO GüLAN / GENÇ PROJE / GISELE TREMBLEAU / GiZEM ŞENDuR / JOHANNES VOGL / MEHMET ALi BORAN / MEHMET ALi UYSAL / MEHMET ÇEPER / MEHMET YILMAZ / MEHTAP BAYDU / MUSTAFA DUYMAZ / MUSTAFA DUYULUER / OSMAN DİNÇ / OSMAN BOZKURT / ÖZLEM ŞiMŞEK / SAEED ENSAFi / SARKiS / SERKAN DEMiR / SiBEL HORADA / SiNEM DiŞLi / ŞENiZ AKSOY / ŞEVKET ARIK / TANZER ARIĞ / TiMUR ÇELİK / TiM HAILEY / TUBA MERDEŞE / TUFAN BALTALAR / VEYSEL ŞAYLi

The story of the eye explains the construction of the object’s own reality and the fictional reality created in our minds.

It includes the idea of “be in existence”, which is the basis of everything, as well as the difficulty of being visible. While our mind is classifying this sensible, it reshapes its own reality. In this way, the decision of the eye constructs the decision of the mind and conscience by being questioned in the mind. In today’s communication environment, almost anything is shaped through the visual perception area. People exposed to visual shocking, where images are presented to the mind with a repressive effect in the type indicators, it is always ambiguous what he really sees and how he gives the meaning. Focus groups who desire the continuity of this ambiguity are watching everything from their observation towers like a big eye and are intervening at any desired time. While the fate of societies is fictionalized in the skyscrapers of imperialism by preparing scenarios, even the boundaries of the geography he will live are almost determined with the “decision of the eye”. In the present, while the boundaries of their way of life in the social sphere are tried to be determined, political discrimination, factionalizing of beliefs, conversion of authority, it is in question that the boundaries of the individuals’ liberty is being questioned. While authority constructs the design of a new individual and society, it wants to determine the shape by itself. The looking, seeing and understanding process, as the window opening to reality, can always deceived by manipulated images. This condition of being deceived turns into an addiction after a period, which cannot be controlled by the mind. Then, it starts to monitor each image fictionalized by the authority without questioning. Now, it is recognized that the individual is transferred into a world with the effect of what he is seeing. New opportunities that design masses have already been activated and are processing. The modern man was hit precisely from his pupil. With a hypnotic state, he has falling asleep between his own reality and images. This process is an ideal environment to encode and control him. The mass, pre-designed by secret codes that will take action in the appropriate condition is ready now and the intervention has started. However, the condition of being dependent of the eye is continuing to entangle the individual in the state of a sleepwalker. In fact, “the decision of the eye”, which means the amount determined through the estimation of the eye, measurement or rationing conducted with the eye, has passed the limits and its focus.

The way to exit from this situation is possible through the intervention with not only to the visible reality but also with perceiving minds. Now, it is necessary to wake up from the isolation of the virtual environment, to evolve and turn into the reality itself.

YAYGARA, with an understating of clamor, will and attitude that is questioning the authority, settling a score with the actual reality, reveals the issue of the real fact, which elevate the alternative characteristics of the individual and the diversity in social space, it will try to reveal the decision of the mind and conscience of contemporary artists.

For Turkish: http://www.yaygara.info/etkinliklerimiz/cok-yakinda/


OPPORTUNITY

Donate your cravats for the sake of art!


Deadline:
Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:00

Location:
THESSALONIKI, Greece

Conceptual artist Genco Gulan is collecting used ties for his next grand installation; "Big Escape". This project will be realized with lots of used ties as a site specific project(s) at two locations: Cankaya Contemporary Art Center, Ankara Turkey and State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki Greece.

We ask you to contribute to this project by sending us the cravats that you want to get rid of. The project will be in the context of the exhibition entitled "Places of Memory -Fields of Vision" that is organized by the State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece and will be presented at the Center of Contemporary Art, Port of Thessaloniki, from December 21, 2012 until February, 2013.

Please send your cravats to the below address and artist, Genco Gulan will thank you, by mailing you a signed photo of the installation.

CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER OF THESSALONIKI
WAREHOUSE B1, PORT
P.O.Box 10759-541 10
THESSALONIKI/ GREECE
Info: +30 2310 593270