The conceptual frameworks, drawn by the curator Necmi Sönmez for the collection-based exhibitions at Borusan Contemporary, use important figures from Turkish literature. This is a critical effort in looking into researching the potentials of considering contemporary art criticism and historicization through other media and means of thinking.
The collection exhibition They are uttered and unfinished, all the loves in the world curated by Necmi Sönmez explores the evolution of creative practices. The international selection of works from the collection is the most recent chapter in the series of exhibitions that have spread across three years, researching conceptual frameworks that draw on the oeuvres of literary figures from Turkey, including Cemal Süreya and Turgut Uyar.
The work by Kathrin Stumreich, Sovereignty (2017) is included in the exhibition that opened at Borusan Contemporary last week: Overture: Selections from the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, curated by Kathleen Forde, the artistic director at large of the museum. The work carries traces of performing arts while interfering with the space, positioning us both as participants and as spectators.
Universal Everything's Fluid Bodies exhibition reflects on the moral and social implications of technology. The propositions of Fluid Bodies, which uses technology as a field in which the word ‘techne’ and ‘logos’, ie craft and expression come together, could be read as images from the future—the existing technical potentials can be transformed in real time.
Borusan Contemporary kicked off the new season’s conversations on art and technology with a detailed presentation by Fatih Aydoğdu on the history of the use of sound in New Media. In October, Ali Miharbi, an artist from Turkey who often uses sound in his installations, discussed his works within the framework provided by Aydoğdu. Rumeysa Kiger interviewed the artist after his talk.
Migration, mobility, and movement inform “Fluid Bodies”, a deeply unnerving exhibit of the perils and potentials of the Information Age. Universal Everything’s eight video installations allure and captivate, disturb and unsettle, and they cover a wide range of present-day problems: urbanization, mass mentality, and the existential implications of artificial general intelligence.
Borusan Contemporary hosts Borusan Group’s headquarter offices during the week where artworks live alongside the people who work there. Over the weekend, the space is transformed into a museum, converging notions of exhibition spaces and spaces of daily use. Thus, every work that is on view as part of the collection exhibitions at Borusan Contemporary works a double shift. The curator of these exhibitions, Necmi Sönmez, has been drawing from Turkish literature to interpret and delve into this international collection for the past three years. We have talked to Sönmez about this research process on the occasion of the new exhibition, Üvercinka
Fluid Bodies, the exhibition showcasing works of Universal Everything, the collective which produces interactive projects using sophisticated visual technologies, is on view at Borusan Contemporary since September 15, 2018. Naz Kocadere interviewed Matt Pyke, the creative director of the global collective.