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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Einladung zur Buchpräsentation: “Conceptual Colors of Genco Gülan”

Fri Feb 10, 2012 18:00 - Fri Feb 10, 2012

BERLIN, Germany

(english text below)

Am Freitag, 10.02. laden Sie die Galerie Artist Berlin und der Revolver Verlag zur Präsentation der Monografie Conceptual Colors of Genco Gülan, welche vom Kunstwissenschaftler und Kurator Marcus Graf verfasst wurde, ein. Sowohl der Künstler Genco Gülan als auch Marcus Graf und Heike Salchli vom Revolver Verlag werden während der Buchvorstellung anwesend sein. Die Veranstaltung wird in der Galerie Artist Berlin stattfinden, in welcher Genco Gülan zurzeit in der Einzelausstellung Ich bin ein Museum aktuelle Arbeiten zeigt. Somit wird der Besucher die Möglichkeit haben, das Werk Gülans sowohl in Buchform als auch durch reale Kunstwerke zu erfahren.

Wir würden uns freuen, Sie bei der Buchpräsentation begrüßen zu dürfen.
Genco Gülan, Marcus Graf, Heike Salchli

Conceptual Colors of Genco Gülan
Conceptual Colors of Genco Gülan ist eine Analyse und Einführung in das Werk des zeitgenössischen Istanbuler Künstlers Genco Gülan, der seit Mitter der 90er Jahre aufgrund seines konzeptuell komplexen und ästhetisch pluralistischen Werkes zu den führenden Figuren der türkischen Gegenwartskunstszene zählt.

Neben der Gründung seines eigenen Museums als Kunstprojekt, welches später zu einer realen Institution wurde, und der Organisation der weltweit ersten Web Biennale für Netzkunst, wurden seine interdisziplinären und inter-medialen Arbeiten international ausgiebig ausgestellt und gesammelt.

Conceptual Colors of Genco Gülan zeigt wie der Künstler, für den das Chaos Istanbuls eine seiner Hauptquellen bezeichnet, den gegenwärtigen Stand unserer Realität hinterfragt, indem er den Status Quo unser gesellschaftlichen Ordnung ekonstruiert und neue Strategien für eine positivere Entwicklung von Kunst und Gesellschaft vorschlägt.

Invitation to Book Launch:
“Conceptual Colors of Genco Gülan”

On Friday, 10th of February, Gallery Artist and Revolver Publishing House are pleased to invite you to the Berlin book launch of Conceptual Colors of Genco Gülan the first monographic review of the visual artist Genco Gülan, written by the art historian and curator Marcus Graf. Both, Genco Gülan and Marcus Graf will attend the book launch together with Heike Salchli from Revolver Publishing. The event will take place at Gallery Artist Berlin, where Genco Gülan has currently a one man show called I am a Museum. So, the visitor of the book launch will also have the chance to experience the existing work of Gülan not only via a printed medium but also through his real art works.

We are looking forward to seeing you,
Genco Gülan, Marcus Graf, Heike Salchli

Conceptual Colors of Genco Gülan

Conceptual Colors of Genco Gülan is an analysis and introduction to the work and thought of the visual artist Genco Gülan, who since the mid-90’s due to his conceptually complex and aesthetically pluralistic pieces, became a leading figure in Turkey’s contemporary art scene. Besides founding his own museum as an art project, which later became an actual institution, and organizing the world’s first Webbiennial for Net Art, his interdisciplinary and inter-medial work is vastly exhibited and collected nationally and abroad. Conceptual Colors of Genco Gülan presents how the artist, using Istanbul’s chaos as main source for his work, questions the current state of our reality by deconstructing our current state of social disorder, and proposes strategies for a positive development of art and society.


"Ich bin ein Museum" instead of "Ich bin ein Berliner"

Tue Jan 17, 2012 18:00 - Sun Feb 12, 2012

Berlin, Germany

Ich bin ein Museum circles around issues like personal and cultural memory as well as private and public history. It shows how art’s approach to the recollection of knowledge differs from its populist presentation in mass media and from research methods in social science. Using distortion and irony Ich bin ein Museum criticizes the common methods of recollecting history in order to develop artworks, where the individual gets the chance to actively participate in the construction of a personal memory, which is merged with our collective one. Genco Gülan proves in Ich bin ein Museum that it is possible to overcome the classic methods of recollecting knowledge and get beyond the borders of the traditional models that shape our popularized social and cultural memory.

Genco Gülan who since the 1990’s due to his conceptually complex and aesthetically pluralistic work became a leading figure in Turkey’s contemporary art scene, develops artistic investigations in which the borderline between art and society often is porous in order to involve the spectator in his work. In Genco Gülan’s current exhibition Ich bin ein Museum at Gallery Artist in Berlin, he discusses visual art’s ability to develop alternative strategies for the recollection of knowledge in order to get beyond socio-cultural clichés and prejudices. In an eclectic and multidisciplinary manner, Gülan proposes ways of understanding history in the context of its current reality by deforming and deconstructing its descriptive artifacts, and cultural signs. (Marcus Graf, 2011)


New Book & DVD : "Conceptual Colors of GENCO GULAN"

Sat Dec 17, 2011 15:00 - Sat Dec 17, 2011


by Dr. Marcus Graf

Publishers: Revolver Publishing, Berlin and Galeri Artist, Istanbul.

In this book, Conceptual Colors, Marcus Graf has probed deeply into the thought processes behind Gülan’s art to bring out intricate, yet totally meaningful details. The ‘colors’ they spread before the reader have many tones, many nuances, sometimes resplendent sometimes diluted, but always intriguing. Now one can only ponder as to how this conceptual rainbow will continue to expand and multiply. (Nancy Atakan, 2010.)

Agricola de Cologne, Ahu Antmen, Ali Simsek, Andrej Tisma, Aysegul Sonmez, Baris Acar, Bill Barker, Fırat Arapoglu, Goknur Gurcan, Hulya Kupcuoglu, Lale Babaoglu, Levent Calikoglu, Nancy Atakan, Nilgun Ozayten, Ozgun Tanglay
Tim Hailey, Zehra Ipsiroğlu, Zeynep Yasa Yaman

ISBN: 978-9944-0160-6-3
ISBN: 978-3-86895-204-9

240 pages, full color, 215 images, in English.



Thu Jan 20, 2011 00:00 - Sat Jan 15, 2011


A Selection of The Web Biennial Revealing The Poetics and Politics of Net Art
20 January - 20 March 2011

Artists: Magda Bielesz, Alan Bigelow, Immo Blaese, Andrew Chee, Martin John Callanan, Andy Deck, Dimitrios Fotiou, Matthias Fritsch, Genco Gülan, Elli Harrison, Sachiko Hayashi, Anni Holm, Aoghus Kneeshaw, Cardarelli Luigia, Marcello Mercado, Alexander Mouton, Christian Rupp, Evelyn Stermitz, Jürgen Trautwein, Merve Ünsal, Nanette Wylde, Jody Zellen, Ricardo Miranda Zuniga.
Curator: Marcus Graf

Regeneration.011 / A Selection of The Web Biennial Revealing the Poetics and Politics of Net Art exhibition that is presented in Plato Art Space is the first and unique Web Biennial in the world. Former biennials 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2010 was carried out by the initiation of Turkish contemporary artist Genco Gülan at Till today Web Biennial has exhibited hundreds of works of approximately 400 artists on the net and it will be presented to the audience collectively in Plato Art Space, for the first time.

The exhibition mainly consists of works of 23 international artists as well as a selected archive from the previous Biennials and an anthology of Web Biennial 2010. Some works are displayed on screens, some are projected on various surfaces and some are interactive that require the active participation of the audience.

Internet has contributed to the transformation and spreading of new forms of art, provided boundless creating, exhibiting and consuming opportunities. Regeneration.011, in this context, is presenting works that deal with freedom of speech and anti-war activism as well as revealing the political and poetical aspects of contemporary net art. Plato Art Space, by this project, aims to draw attention to net art which gained considerable importance in the recent years as an alternative space for contemporary art.

The exhibition will be accompanied with a panel and workshops.
Ayşegül Yazıcı is the director of Plato Art Space.

Admission to the institute is free.
For further information please contact Ayşe Görür:

The exhibition is supported by Plato College of Higher Education (

Ayvansaray Caddesi, No: 33
Balat 34087 İstanbul-Türkiye

Car parking is available.

tel: 90 212 621 12 47/ fax: 90 212 621 11 47


Web Biennial 10/ Panel 2

Wed Dec 31, 1969 00:00 - Fri Nov 19, 2010


Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, iS.CaM presents Web Biennial for webbased art. Artistic Director is Genco Gülan.

Web Biennial 10, Gallery6 Igor Zabel Pavillion is online at

WB will be exhibited on site @ Plato Sanat Istanbul between 01/12/2011-03/12/2011 curated by Dr. Marcus Graf.

WB10 e-conference: Panel 1 text -> "Internet and/or net-art: Is it still the same?"
is online at:
Print ond demand book available from blurb.

next e-conference Panel 2: "Net-art is dead, long live Net-art!" on December 6th @ SKYPE/ you are welcome to join as always! Moderators will be Ilias Marmaras and Dimitrios Fotiou.

For more info: "Web Biennial" ,