Borusan Contemporary opens for the new season on September 15 with two new exhibitions. Universal Everything, a global collective of artists, designers, animators, musicians, and programmers, explore the human form in the exhibition Fluid Bodies. The exhibition Üvercinka interprets the works from Borusan Contemporary Art Collection through the framework of Cemal Süreya’s poetry.
Fluid Bodies at Borusan Contemporary presents works by Universal Everything, a global collective of artists, designers, animators, musicians, and programmers led by UK based creative director Matt Pyke. Universal Everything's collaborators have included Radiohead, Apple, Zaha Hadid Architecture, and Samsung. The exhibition has been curated by Conrad Bodman, an internationally prominent film and new media art curator based in London.
Earlier works of the collective are featured on the second floor of The Haunted Mansion: Portrait II, Supreme Believers II, and Walking City. These works focus on the individual’s body and the capacity of this body to re-form, to transform and to adapt. Tribes and Emergence, which are also on this floor, explore the nature of the individual within a larger group.
While the first section of the exhibition is about the here and now, the works on fourth floor explore what the future might look like. Smart Matter, the first in the Hype Cycle series of films, looks at the human-machine collaboration through performance and emerging technologies. Machine Learning shows us a new world where the machine is now autonomous creating new unpredictable forms of movement. Screens of the Future is a series of visionary prototypes, showcasing our increasingly integrated relationship with new technologies.
Paying homage to Cemal Süreya: Üvercinka
The second exhibition is curated by Necmi Sönmez, PhD, as part of the series of collection exhibitions building connections between literature and contemporary art. The exhibition brings together works from the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection with an homage to the famous Turkish poet Cemal Süreya. The name of the exhibition is borrowed from Üvercinka, which is a collection of the poet’s works. Üvercinka, a word so deeply buried in the universe of poetry that it is not translatable to other languages, presents a new point of interpretation for the works from the collection, including a vast range of striking examples of new media from around the world.
The content of the exhibition Üvercinka aims to foreground poetic and visual perceptions, “rethinking” and “creating new questions.” How do we position poetry and contemporary art in today’s economic, political, social frameworks? Üvercinka was published in 1958. In 2018, 60 years later. The exhibition seeks to answer the question of why this work is still so influential via works in different media, including neon, video, and photography.
The exhibitions will be open to the public on September 15. The exhibitions will remain open until February 17, 2019, open only on the weekends.
Visiting hours: Borusan Contemporary is open on the weekends, 10am-7pm.
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Borusan Contemporary is 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, and co-exists with the offices of Borusan Holding, creating a unique museum within an office paradigm. The entire building including the galleries, office space, café, Borusan ArtStore, and outdoor terraces with breathtaking views of the Bosphorus are open to the public on the weekends, 10am-7pm.
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