5 February 2011, 17:00
Video Art and Experimental Cinema from Turkey
Screening and Talk with Curators
Curated by Yekhan Pinarligil & Silke Schmickl
CONDITIONED is a compilation of eight experimental film and video art from Turkey that explores the intellectual conditioning of children and teenagers through both the educational system and contemporary Turkish society at large. Through a variety of styles and approaches, each of these works elude to the conditioning of youth including references to the seemingly innocent daily repetition of the national anthem (The First Ones by Hatice Güleryüz), military methods (Origin by Erkan Özgen), and social injustice (Our village by Sener Özmen). Fromtheprivacy of home (A young girl is growing up by Ferhat Özgür) to public spaces (On the thin ice of Burçak Kaygun), several processes are at play, subtly or directly, through the women's prison featured in Koro by Güldem Durmaz or the school in Where Bluebirds fly by Berat Isik. Beyond that lies a reflection on the impact of the world and on the development of an individual such as with the video Delirium by Ethem Özgüven confronting the mechanisms of the consumer society and its psychological consequences.
The program includes:
The First Ones (Hatice Güleryüz), Koro (Güldem Dürmaz), Our Village (Sener Özmen), On the thin ice (Burçak Kaygun), Delirium (Ethem Özgüven), Origin (Erkan Özgen), A young girl is growing up (Ferhat Özgür), Where bluebirds fly (Berat Isik).
Lowave is an independent film and curator label founded in 2002 to promote experimental film and contemporary video art and make them accessible beyond the film festival and gallery circuit. The catalogue features artists with varied backgrounds working with different techniques (film and digital video) and multiple modes of expression. Lowave provides an insight into the vibrant world of contemporary artistic creation and explores ideas around artists' moving image practice through publishing, distribution, exhibition and research.
Silke Schmickl studied Art History, French Literature and Intercultural Communications in Munich and in Paris where she completed her diploma at the University of Paris (Sorbonne) in 2001. She's been a researcher at the German Center for Art History in Paris since 2000. She has published a book on the 'Museum Photographs' by Thomas Struth (MSH, 2005). In 2002, she co-founded with Marc Horchler the Paris based film label Lowave which she directs since 2007.
Yekhan Pınarlıgil between the years 2004-2008 at the INHA (Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art), presented experimental video and film programs. He has also curated and presented various projects at the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. He currently works at Centre Pompidou and at the smae time continues to make independent projects.
This event is free of charge.