Irmak Arkman
Since 2006
Works in Istanbul Turkey

I am the founding member of Kurye Video Organization.I studied Management of Arts and Performance in Bilgi University with a full scholarship. I have been professionaly working in different levels and branches of organization sector including concert organization, backstage management, congress, fair and festival organization. I worked in Kargart as an art and culture director for one season. Lastly, I worked as the Assistant Project Coordinator of Contemporary Art Fair Istanbul. Beginning with 2005, I have acted as the founding member of Kurye Video Organization -organizing numerous exhibitions, screening and live performance nights in this capacity- and the director of International Karga Video Festivals.
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2n Kurye International Video Festival

Fri May 07, 2010 00:00 - Wed Apr 28, 2010




The second edition of Kurye International Video and Digital Arts Festival will take place between May 7-16 and host world famous names in Istanbul.

Realized for the second time, Kurye International Video Festival will take place between May 7 - 16 at Bahcesehir University Besiktas Campus and Istanbul Modern. Organized by Kurye Video Organization, the festival will showcase video selections from prestigious international partners while bringing together an unprecedented workshop program in order to promote video and digital arts in Istanbul.

Following last festival’s success, Kurye has decided to realize not one but two editions of the festival this year given Istanbul’s current position as the European Capital of Culture. The first edition in May will be devoted to workshops, artist talks and screenings by Kurye’s international content partners, while the November edition will feature this year’s long awaited guest of honor along with several AV events.

Starting off on May 7th with an artist talk by the famous French digital arts collective Pleix realized in collaboration with Istanbul Modern Cinema, the festival will continue through May 16th with numerous workshops, artist talks and screenings. World renowned designer and new media artist Joshua Davis, who was one of the first people to experiment with Macromedia Flash; Karsten Schmidt (aka. toxi) hailed as one of the most ceative designers of his generation in UK, who uses code as a primary creative tool; a design collective founded by numerous artists including the members of famous electronic music group Underworld and operating since the 90s, tomato; and the head of the Animation Department in Film School Zlin of the Czech Republic, Michael Carrington and video artist, Denizcan Yüzgül, who will be back after the success of their workshop in last year’s festival are among the names giving workshops at Bahcesehir University Besiktas Campus during the festival. Famous for the projects he developed for MTV, 3D animation master Joost Korngold (aka. RENASCENT) will also be in Istanbul to deliver a workshop in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Istanbul.

England’s premier center for the promotion and distribution of experimental films, LUX; an art and media center founded in 1989 in Brussels for the promotion of audio-visual arts, ARGOS; a center for video and digial arts in France operating since 1984, VIDEOFORMES; Brezil’s oldest and most prestigious video festival and archive, VIDEOBRASIL; an institution dedicated to supporting and promoting Swedish films, SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE; an artists initiative from the Netherlands, 1646; a new and exciting festival from Norway, OSLO SCREEN FESTIVAL and a young yet successful video festival from Ukraine, WIZ-ART are among our international content partners whose screenings will be shown at Istanbul Modern Cinema Hall throughout the festival. Another artist talk, realized in collaboration with Istanbul Modern Cinema, will be the tomato talk scheduled for May 14. During the event, the British team will be showing examples of their work followed by a question and answer session. A young and creative production studio from Turkey, gaining popularity especially with their music videos, dgmnd team will be at Istanbul Modern Cinema Hall on May 8th for a screening of their works followed by a q&a sesson.

Kurye International Video Festival will last for ten days and take place at Bahcesehir University Besiktas Campus and Istanbul Modern Cinema Hall.

Festival Program:
May 7, 2010: Pleix Artist Talk, 18.00, Istanbul Modern Cinema Hall. For detailed info:

May 7, 2010: Opening Party, The Hall, 21.30

May 8, 2010: dgmnd Artist Talk and Screening, 18.00, Istanbul Modern Cinema Hall

May 9, 2010: Joshua Davis Workshop on Flash: Hype: Accelerating Creativity in ActionScript3, Bahcesehir University Besiktas Campus. For detailed info:

May 14, 2010: tomato Artist Talk and Screening, 17.30, Istanbul Modern Cinema">Hall. For detailed info:>

May 14-15-16, 2010: tomato Workshop on Short Film: Shooting and Editing, Bahcesehir University Besiktas Campus. For detailed info:

May 14 and 16, 2010: Michael Carrington and Denizcan Yüzgül: Czech Animation Workshop for Kids.

May 15, 2010: Karsten Schmidt Workshop: CODE as a creative instrument, Bahcesehir University Besiktas Campus.
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May 15, 2010: Joost Korngold Workshop on 3D and Logo Animation, Bahcesehir University Besiktas Campus. For detailed info:

May 8-9-11-13-14-15-16, 2010: Video Screenings, Istanbul Modern Cinema Hall


Kurye International Video Festival

Tue Jun 02, 2009 00:00 - Mon Apr 20, 2009


We pospond our deadline for submission of Kurye International Video Festival to April 27 due to the high level of interest.

You can find the information blow


Kurye International Video Festival

Mon Apr 20, 2009 00:00


Kurye International Video Festival: Open Call

This year, Kurye International Video Festival will take place under its own name and with its new structure at Aksanat between June 2-12. Over the past three years, Kargart International Video Festival featured more than 200 videos by 23 artists from 23 countries under the management and content supervision of Kurye Video Organization. Kurye has also organized numerous events both in Turkey and abroad and has compiled the most extensive international video archive of Turkey. This year, by starting a cooperation with one of the most important art institutions of Turkey -Aksanat, Kurye is taking yet another big step towards becoming the most notable video festival of Turkey and in a couple of years one of the most notable festivals of the world.

The main aim of Kurye International Video Festival is to promote Istanbul as a center of attraction as a festival scene by focusing on the rising stars of the contemporary art world -video art and new media. It also strives to set a new standard in terms of festival organization in Istanbul by working with a team of young and expert organizers and by putting sustainability before easy profit and to act as an example for the use of alternative and creative organizational techniques in order to enliven the field of video art.

This year, Kurye International Video Festival will take place between June 2-12 and feature national and international video screenings. It will also help inform people who work in this industry -or who are just interested in video art- through the organization of parallel events -numerous workshops, a seminar, a panel and a live performance. Starting this year, the festival will focus on certain different types of video art every year. This year, taking into consideration the developments in new media and video in Turkey, the festival organization decided to focus on the following three fields:

- Animation
- Motion Graphics/Music Videos,
- Performance videos and documentations.

Application Procedure
-Applicants should make sure that the videos are sent via mail to the designated address below.
-Videos should be transferred into DVD format.
-Those applicants who fail to deliver their CVs, short description texts and high resolution images of their videos will not qualify.
-If the submitted video is not in English, the preview copy should include English subtitles.
-Those who wish to take part in the festival with a live performance or installation should prepare a document describing their project and technical requirements in detail.

Application Deadline: April 20, 2009

Selection and Announcement
The announcements will be made before May 10. ONLY those who qualify will be notified.

Please send a DVD copy of your video to the below address:
Kaşaneler Çıkmazı Sok
Ahenk apt. no: 4/11 34738
Erenköy/ Istanbul/ TURKEY

Shipment Costs
Applicants will cover the shipment costs themselves.

For more detailed info: