CURATOR: ESRA ÖZKAN
bang. Art Innovation Prix by ArtBizTech
06.03.2019 – 28.03.2019
Art Talks: Ozan Atalan & Nurseli Yorgancı
Moderator: Esra Özkan
Bilsart hosts the group exhibition curated by Esra Özkan and collaboration with bang. Art Innovation Prix by ArtBizTech. The exhibition including Hale Arslan, İlayda Yeşilova ve Ozan Atalan’s works in March.
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The concept of organic solidarity which forms the basis of the exhibition; is an example of an uncomplicated solidarity, which is assumed to be a complex structure in which the division of labor takes place in different perspectives by keeping the competencies of the interdisciplinary people in the forefront, but the tasks in the division of labor are distributed according to the areas of expertise. In this example of solidarity, the solution also assumes the task of a method that can be found quickly. The structure which is formed by the organic solidarity has transformed into a hybrid structure with the progress of technology. The mechanical bond, which progresses in a more traditional structure and has both a limited division of labor and no differentiation, has begun to speak the same language as the organic bond and to make the working system coexist. At the point we have started to speak the same language, we start to use the correct channels to communicate the ﬂow of information and regardless of the message, we are trying to convey, we attempt to shape the meaning through the channel we have speciﬁed. When a person starts experimenting the artworks; when she touches, when she passes, when she hears or follows, and most importantly when she begins to be curious about the process, she begins to make a contribution to the creation of artwork. She becomes an organic part of the project, understands the artwork, and when she directly communicates the message to another person, she supports the work to establish a connection with the outside world. As Marina Abramovic expressed in the Artist Manifesto, “An artist has to create a space for silence to enter his work”.
The exhibition is dealing with the involvement of the audience in the experiment of ﬁnding a silence moment and discover the creation process of the art making, and generate an organic connection with the work, whereas the artist grasps the silence of the audience with the realized experience.
bang. Art Innovation Prix is presenting the process of creation which could only be completed where all stakeholders are involved in an organic connection.
STILL TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE GAME
22.03.19 – 28.03.19
The inner world of children has always been considered to be colorful. Likewise, we are also subject to hearing the term “the kid inside” often. But what if the kid inside is anxiously trying to understand what is happening in the world? In other words, maybe it is a game to make sense of current anxieties. We are living in an era in which contemporary existentialist anxieties such as global warming, economic crisis and natural disasters are taking over our lives. I believe what lies behind is the culturally constructed dualist distinction between nature and culture. This video installation, in an analogical link to an unidentiﬁed child`s play, creates a dark atmosphere and represents a child`s portrait in an effort to understand the culture-nature dichotomy symbolized by the rocks covered by their HTML codes and clock mechanisms whose time units are replaced by branches.
The viewer is intended to be a part of the installation via their shadow appearing on the screen when they approach to look closer at the objects, and this notion refers to Plato`s Cave Allegory.
About OZAN ATALAN:
Ozan Atalan, after his graduation from Anadolu University Faculty of Law in 2007, studied Sculpture at Dokuz Eylul University`s Faculty of Fine Arts. Following his graduation in 2013, he attended Syracuse University School of Art as a Fulbright scholar. During his MFA studies, he extended his art practice through an interdisciplinary ﬁeld and participated in a variety of national and international shows. He also worked as an adjunct teacher at Syracuse University. After getting his MFA degree in 2016, he moved to Istanbul. Since then, he has been continuing his art practice in Istanbul, Izmir and international residencies. Currently, he is working as an adjunct teacher at Izmir University of Economics, Visual Communication Department.