“Mom, am I barbarian?” is the title of the public programme events organised within the 13th Istanbul Biennial between February-November 2013 with the aim of examining the ways in which publicness can be reclaimed as an artistic and political tool in the context of global financial imperialism and local social fracture.
“Making the City Public” will take place between 8-10 February in the C101 Conference Hall at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Maçka Campus Faculty of Management. This will examine the social and cultural impact of Istanbul’s urban transformation and citizens’ reactions to this. This series of events will question the modus operandi of this transformation and the role of the cultural industries within it and the accessibility of civic space and the rights to the city.
“Making the City Public” events will include poetry reading, lecture, panel discussion, lecture illustrated by hand, improvisation and a tour to northwest Istanbul urban transformations. Co-curated by Fulya Erdemci, Curator of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, and Dr. Andrea Phillips, Reader in Fine Art in the Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, and Director of the Doctoral Research Programmes in Fine Art and Curating.
Participants include poet Lale Müldür; Teddy Cruz – architect, professor in Public Culture and Urbanism in the Visual Arts Department at University of California, San Diego and co-founder of Center for Urban Ecologies/CUE; Cevdet Erek – artist and musician, lecturer at ITU TM Conservatory and Architecture Faculty; Christoph Schäfer – conceptual artist, sparkling draughtsman, educational entertainer, urban writer and uninvited city planner; Yaşar Adnan Adanalı – development planner and researcher; Sedat Doğan – member of Association of Struggle Against Capitalism and writer at adilmedya.com; Betül Tanbay – member of Taksim Platform and academician; İlhan Tekeli – city and regional planner, social scientist; Erbay Yucak – legal advisor and member of Bir Umut Association.
Public Programme – Public Alchemy
From February to the end of the biennial, a series of events will be held with the participation of artists, architects, planners, theoreticians, activists, poets and musicians.:
Public Address – Friday/Saturday, 22/23 March; Public Capital – Friday/ Saturday 10/11 May; Becoming Public Subjects – Saturday/Sunday, 14/15 September; Future Publics/New Collectives – Friday/ Saturday, 1/2 November.
Publication: Public Alchemy, will be published to coincide with the opening of the 13th Istanbul Biennial.