Across the Line Exhibition (Istanbul, Turkey)

Across the Line Exhibition is a group exhibition of mixed media, installation, coding, lighting, sculpture and mechanic born from the interaction between 12 artists from various creative disciplines, gathered as part of the two-week AltCity Istanbul Residency program held in collaboration between British Council and Digi.logue, led by the U.K.-based digital art collective SquidSoup.

What lies across the line?

Creating artworks out of the trace of interaction between technology, physical objects, and various disciplines, the exhibition focuses on the sense of exploration when one goes across the line. Bringing the experience of Istanbul’s chaotic urban texture with physical structures and advanced technologies through concrete installations, mechanical structures, and digital surface deformations, Across the Line looks for a new balance and harmony at the heart of this meta-structure. Having gone beyond their lines into others and interacting with each other at the meeting, points to give birth to this collaboration and harmony, artists are inspired by the creation of a cognitive utopic living space. Numeric values placed in tactile objects, electrical currents, light pieces, mechanical structures and sounds encourage onlookers to ponder that the utopia of creating one’s own future is only possible through a collective consciousness and the flexibility and transparency of lines between concepts.

Each work tells its own story in relation to this utopia, continuing to build a dialogue with the visitors, to interact with their lines, and to invite them into their own lines.

amber’15 Art and Technology Festival (Istanbul, Turkey)

amberPlatform’s amber’15 Art and Technology Festival is to take place in Istanbul between November 6 to 15, 2015. This year’s theme is “Laboro Ergo Sum”. [I work, therefore I am]

When we talk about how the digital revolution has increasingly turned our lives around in the last three decades, we fix our gaze on the center stage and focus on the results. Our ways of doing things, from health to security, from education to entertainment have changed. This has made our life easier as much as it has caused complications. Nevertheless, a world where everyone is reachable anytime is a world much different from before. Mostly we admired it, got mad at it or feared it.

We have ignored the labor behind all this change and how the labor that creates the digital revolution is organized. We have disregarded the ways in which the digital revolution has transformed labor from mines to assembly lines, from homes to offices. Now that our initial fascination has ceded, the digital and the digitally transformed have made it to our daily routines. To better understand this revolution we’d like to look into its relation with labor and contextualize it beyond what is immediately visible in terms of change.

The theme of amber’15 is work and labor. Has digitalization devalued or cheapened labor? How has the relation between labor and capital changed? How widespread is insecurity with regards to work, how has unpaid labor increased? In what way has the relation between work and labor evolved? From white collar to youth who use digital tools, how has people’s attitude toward their own labor changed? Can we talk about robotic or cyborg labor? What’s the role of digital technologies in the growing unemployment, poverty and deepening class-wage gap? Have digital technologies honed the existing antagonisms? Is the reappearance of Marx’ theory of value in contemporary thought-scape an indication of a lack of change in terms of labor and exploitation?

amber’15, in its collective restructuring, invites you all to a discussion around the theme “Laboro Ergo Sum”.

Volkan Aslan, ” The Perfect Day” at Pi Artworks (Istanbul, Turkey)

The Perfect Day begins at about the 2:06 mark in the YouTube video.

The Perfect Day at Pi Artworks Istanbul opens in parallel with the 14th Istanbul Biennial. During the Biennial’s previous iteration in 2013, Volkan Aslan exhibited one of his neon installations (Games, Games, Games, 2013) at Galata Greek Primary School, and this year he produces an even more enthusiastic project. For The Perfect Day the artist will transform the gallery with an immersive, site-specific installation that will dominate Pi Artworks Istanbul’s space and act as an unconventional platform for new iterations of his neon series.

Volkan Aslan will create an autonomous space within the gallery, where the visitor will be left alone to experience his work without external visual references. Viewers will be in a direct engagement with his quotidian elements that have been given strange and illogical new functions.