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Artists' Film International on Technology at Istanbul Modern

Istanbul Modern presents Artists’ Film International 2016, an exhibition and program featuring videos, animations, and short films by artists from around the world. Focusing on the theme of “technology”, this year’s exhibition is on view until October 6, 2016.

Featuring videos, animations,and short films by 13 international artists exploring the theme of “technology”, Artists’ Film International is held in Istanbul Modern’s Pop-Up Exhibition Area. Curated by Çelenk Bafra of Istanbul Modern, the exhibition explores the psychological and social effects of different technologies, the sociopolitical codes of new technologies, and the way these transform artistic production processes. On view until October 6, the program also includes conversations,workshops,and presentations about video art and artists’ films.

 

A partnership with 13 art organizations

Initiated by the Whitechapel Gallery in 2008, Artists’ Film International continues this yearin partnership with 13 art organizations from different parts of the world. Having participated in the program in previous years with works by Ali Kazma, İnci Eviner, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Sefer Memişoğlu, Bengü Karaduman, Burak Delier, and Vahap Avşar, this year Istanbul Modern has invited Zeyno Pekünlü to Artists’ Film International on “technology”.

 

Guest of 2016 Zeyno Pekünlü

Turkey’s guest for this year’s Artists’ Film International is Zeyno Pekünlü. Pekünlü’s collage video “How to properly touch a girl so you don’t creep her out?” (2015) will be on view throughout this year, not only at Istanbul Modern, but at the international partner organizations as well.

 

About Zeyno Pekünlü

Born in 1980 in Izmir, Zeyno Pekünlü graduated from the Department of Painting at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and received her master’s and proficiency in art degrees from her alma mater. She completed a second master’s degree in “Artistic Production and Research” at the University of Barcelona. In her works, the artist uses found footage and texts to decipher the process of information production and distribution through the methods of montage and rearrangement. While removing from its context and function the information she obtains from printed and digital media, at the same time, she points to the impossibility of the ultimate commodification of information, even in the present age of copyright.

 

How to properly touch a girl so you don’t creep her out?

2015 Video, 19’10’’

“How to properly touch a girl so you don’t creep her out?” is a collage video that Pekünlü assembled from “How to..?” videos she found on YouTube. While focusing on the production and flow of daily information, the work questions how commodified information gains value within the process. It draws attention to the role of the Internet in the shaping of the individual’s everyday behaviors and in the sharing of experiences. In the video, life coaches with no training whatsoever, shady experts, and “pick-up artists” who give the details of this “art” represent the new and popular media of masculine expression. The work also bears witness to how the production and distribution of casual information about everyday life is carried from the private domain of male conversations to the digital public sphere. Built upon questions pertaining to the essence of genuine information and its reproduction processes, the work emphasizes the impossibility of appropriating information or of sharing it within a single context. Pekünlü presents information that is updated every second as attempts at building archives in which she absurdly classifies this information according to its functions.

 

Program Partners

Afghanistan Centre for Contemporary Art, Afghanistan

Ballroom Marfa, USA

The Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Serbia

Fundación PRóA, Argentina

GAMeC / Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contamporanea di Bergamo, Italy

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey

MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Portugal

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k), Germany

Para Site, China

Project 88, India

Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland

Whitechapel Gallery, UK

 

Program:

THE INSTITUTE FOR NEW FEELING

(SCOTT ANDREW, AGNES BOLT, NINA SARNELLE)

This Is Presence

2016, 17'19''

 

IGOR BOŠNJAK

Eutopia

2015/2016 20'13''

 

ANDRÉS DENEGRI

Éramos Esperados

(plomo y palo)

We Were Expected

(lead and stick)

2013, 4'14’’

 

ROHINI DEVASHER

Atmospheres

2015, 9'

 

FAREEHA GHEZAL

Violence Against Women

2010, 1'40''

 

IGOR JESUS

POV

2015, 1'39''

 

RACHEL MACLEAN

Germs

2013, 3'

 

EVA & FRANCO MATTES

Dark Content

(Episodes 1, 2, 3)

2015, 16'18''

 

MATEUSZ SADOWSKI

It Takes Time

2014, 3'13''

 

KARIN SANDER

Sigrid 1930

2009, 35''

 

MAK YING TUNG

Disarming

2013, 3'53''

 

TOR JØRGEN VAN EIJK

Purgatory

2010, 20' 

 

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