Training: Contemporary Art at KÜMED

MIXER organized a training program in collaboration with & KÜMED (Koç University Alumni Club). The main subject of this 4 session training program is contemporary art with instructors Osman Erden, Marcus Graf and Ebru Yetişkin.

March 7th, Wednesday / Osman Erden / KoçPera / 19:00-21:00

What does Contemporary Art tell us? From 1950's to 80's

It seems the innovative feature of modern art have begun to lose towards the end of the 1950s. There is now another period in the history of art with the pop art movement that first appeared in the UK and then in the US, driven by Andy Warhol. The field of contemporary art begins to vary in content, both with the differences in expression forms and with the 1960s. Yoko Ono, Carolee Schneemann's performances, the emergence of ZERO, which opened a white page against the past in Germany, came together in the USA and established the Coalition of Art Workers, putting corporate criticism into contemporary art and one of the basic materials of art. The first examples of the emergence of antagonism. In the 1970s, conceptual art, body art, land art examples will begin to be seen. The 1970s were also the years when feminism reflected directly on contemporary art. In this seminar, it will be mentioned how contemporary art cherishes from the 1950s to 1980s.

March 14th, Wednesday / Osman Erden / KoçPera / 19:00-21:00

From the 1980s to date: What does Contemporary Art tell us?

In the 1980s, Thatcher is in power in UK, Reagan is in power in the United States, liberty in the economy and conservatism in the cultural arena was popular. This situation has also been found in contemporary art. Art is a strong field for political opposition. The stand against homosexuality, AIDS, consumption culture is the most obvious time of this period. The artists’ coming together in initiatives such as ACT UP! to fight politically are important during these periods. The photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe, the graphs of Keith Haring, the performances of Guerrilla Girls emerged during this period. Félix González-Torres’s art which can be examined with the concept of relational aesthetics, Jeff Koons’ kitsch aesthetics, Young Britisih Artists initiative by Charles Saatchi come to the forefront during the 1990s. This seminar will be discuss in detail how to follow that line of contemporary art from the 1980s to the present day with examples from Turkey.

March, 20th Tuesday / Mixer / 19:00-21:00

Contemporary Art in Turkey with Marcus Graf

This training by Professor Dr. Marcus Graf will take place to discuss the similarities and differences between modern and contemporary art, it will also refer to important institutions and leading figures of the contemporary art scene in Turkey.

March 28th, Wednesday / Ebru Yetişkin / KoçPera / 19:00-21:00

Unforgettable: Media Arts in Turkey

Günümüz bilgisayar ve medya teknolojileri kullanılarak üretilen yeni medya sanatını ele alacak bu oturumda medya teorisyeni ve küratör Doç. Dr. Ebru Yetişkin, günümüz sanatının bilim, politika, felsefe ve teknoloji ile iç içe geçen yönleri hakkında seminer verecek. “Unutulmayanlar: Türkiye’de Medya Sanatları” başlığı altında Türkiye’de üretim yapan medya sanatçılarının çalışmaları keşfedilecek.

Media theorist, academician and curator Ebru Yetişkin will discuss the new media art produced using modern computer and media technologies. Dr. Yetişkin will dig into how today's art is intertwined with science, politics, philosophy and technology. Media artist engaged in production in Turkey will be discovered.

April 21st Saturday / 13:00 – 17:00

Treasure Hunt with Exhibition Tours

In the "Treasure Hunt" event created and run by Mixer, the participants will visit the galleries in the same building and five nearby galleries and listen to the exhibitions and follow the works of art in groups to play a delightful treasure hunting game. The tour includes Mixer, ArtSumer, Gallery Nev, Pi Artworks and Sanatorium