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The final event of the “Bitter Medicine Conversations” series
addresses the relationship between art and today’s technologies

15 January 2021 Fri

Organized as part of the BITTER MEDICINE #02 exhibition and webcasted on Borusan Contemporary’s YouTube channel, the “BITTER MEDICINE Online Conversations” series welcomes Marlies Wirth, curator for Digital Culture at the MAK and Fredo De Smet, independent curator and advisor, as the last speakers of the program.

Initiated as part of the on-going BITTER MEDICINE #02 exhibition curated by Dr. Necmi Sönmez at Borusan Contemporary, which is proposed as a “bitter medicine” to the contemporary artworld by the artist duo :mentalKLINIK (Yasemin Baydar, Birol Demir),the third and the final event of the “BITTER MEDICINE Online Conversations” series is to air on Borusan Contemporary’s YouTube channel on January 21.

Marlies Wirth, the Head of the Design Collection and Curator for Digital Culture at MAK - Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna and Fredo de Smet, who continues to work as an independent curator and advisor on human-technology relations in Brussels are the speakers of the event which will broach certain issues the exhibition puts forward, such as hybrid reality, human-machine interactions and ethics in the digital age. Wirth and De Smet will review the relationship between art and technology and seek to explore different layers of the BITTER MEDICINE #02 exhibition in their conversation, “Hybrid Reality, Immateriality Again in the 21st Century”. The event elaborating on how art and artists may commentate on the current global state of affairs by means of technology, will be available on Borusan Contemporary’s YouTube channel on Thursday, January 21 at 6:00 pm.

All sessions of the “BITTER MEDICINE Online Conversations” series are made available for streaming on Borusan Contemporary’s YouTube channel, whilst the edited transcriptions of the conversations are accessible in Turkish and English on the Borusan Contemporary Blog.

Emphasizing the transformative effect of the pandemic while pointing out to the importance Borusan Contemporary attributes to the novel forms of contemporary art, BITTER MEDICINE #02 exhibition continues with black and rainbow-colored glitters. At the center of the exhibition is the installation Puff Out, which underlies the ambiguities created by the global state of affairs and 21st century technologies through the medium of color-changing glitters and temporary impressions created by the robotic vacuum cleaners.

The performative installation at the Haunted Mansion which is currently closed as a health precaution, is transformed into a choreographic video narrative using moving camera systems and presented virtually to all spectators around the world. The exhibition will be streaming 24/7 on Borusan Contemporary webpage as well as the screen installed in the window of Borusan Music House on Istiklal Avenue until January 31.

About Borusan Contemporary
Borusan Contemporary functions as a multi-platform program of exhibitions, events, educational activities, new commissions, and site-specific installations, all rooted in the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection. These activities are defined by their specific focus on media arts broadly defined, i.e. artists who work with time, light, technology, video, software and beyond. Most of the program takes place at the Haunted Mansion in Istanbul where the offices of Borusan Holding Company are located, in essence creating a unique art center within an office paradigm. The entire building including the galleries, office space, café, ArtStore, and outdoor terraces with breathtaking views of the Bosphorus will remain closed for a while due to the health precautions taken against the pandemic. To keep up with Borusan Contemporary, you can visit our website, subscribe to our newsletter, and follow us on social media.


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