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‘AFTER ALL’

Dates: 11th September -13th November 2013

Venue: Siemens Sanat, Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 45, 34427 Fındıklı – İstanbul

After All is a project which is planned and implemented in collaboration with Siemens Sanat and European Cultural Association, with the support of many other local and international partners.

Since its official establishment in 2003, European Cultural Association works very intensely on bringing together cultural operators and artists as well as different actors of the society at local, national and international levels in order to discuss and produce ideas for the future development of the society. For this aim the association organized training programs, fora, conferences, meetings, art and communication activities and projects and each time elaborated a different subjects and added a new target group to its network. At the end of 10 years there is an archive of about 17 publications which document the whole process.

With ‘After All’, we would like to make a research on what has changed during these 10 years, how it changed and what is expected to change in the next future.

ACTIVITIES:

An exhibition and a series of fora will be held between 11th September and 13th November 2013.

I. EXHIBITION

An exhibition will be organized in the Siemens Art Gallery between 11th September and 13th November 2013. ‘Expansion’ is an art and documentary exhibition which will show the ten years history of the European Cultural Association. The opening of the exhibition will be held on 11th September, Wednesday at 7 pm.

Exhibition’s Conceptual Framework: “Expansion”

Social reality has long been given meaning by way of political analysis. Afterwards, the industrialization and capitalism have been freed from political authority and appeared as the essence of social formation. Today’s social paradigm has been developed upon these basis and the recent crisis and dismantling of this paradigm makes us expose a chaos, which results in: (i) the hegemony of uncontrollable violence, war, and market ideology; (ii) the obsession of identity of collectivisms. There is a need for a new paradigm in order to overcome the chaotic condition engendered by the social categories (several identity pieces) and economy, which overshadow a large proportion of our true stories. Rather than a progressive Western modernity that transforms itself by means of re-construction, this understanding, as Alain Touraine also states, appears as a pluralist-evolutionist modernity, which is developed by the dissolution of modernization adapting different cultural and social terrains. It is not possible to identify modernism with a particular society’s modernization anymore. We are into a new era in which every single society can define its own modernity.

Despite the multiplicity and abundance of public life elements such as spasm of belonging-identity, publicity, public space, culture, and practice, due to globalization, the common daily life gets more complicated and problematic. For this reason, we have to develop strategies for existing as individuals within these expansions.

Democratization as a fundamental element of modernity and the problem of representation in globalized social life oblige us to cope with the malady of uniformity: with the incurvation of identities (social categories), human beings’ right to be individuals become problematic. Against these identity contractions, one has to find a way to develop her own self-dependent consciousness, express herself, and structure herself as a being: in the absence of agent, social movements cannot be revived and freedoms cannot be protected. In order to overcome this very crisis of the paradigm of the social life, subject should be reconstructed and refrained from the obsession of identity. This way only, it will be possible to mention individual subjects and cultural movement in this new world.

It is not the definitive specification of components necessitated for the communication of cultures but the consciousness of differences between cultures and the transformation of an individual into a self-evaluative tool for her own actions. It is not a matter of observing the compatibility of cultures: what matters is the self-reconstruction of individuals as agents through the transition from a culture – and a society – to another.

It appears that today’s idea of society makes us work in the frame of cultural problematics. Our actual main issue is to investigate a paradigm shift, which can be described as a transition of common daily life from a social language to an cultural one. Consequently, the conditions that will ensure the coherence between the fundamental principles of modernity and the interference of cultures into individual and common life gain significant importance.

Artists: Atıl Kunst, Adrien Tirtiaux, Shilpa Gupta, Mircea Nicolae, Maria Papadimitriou, Johannes Hoffmann, Johanna Reiner, Isabel Termini, Róza El-Hassan, Dejan Kaludjerovic, Monali Meher, Nezaket Ekici, Ashley Hunt, Sıtkı Kösemen, Çiğdem Borucu, Amie Dicke, Emre Koyuncuğlu, Daniele Pezzi, Johannes Vogl, Roland Stratmann, Sümer Sayın, Berglind Hlynsdóttir, XsentrikArts.

II. FORUMS

(There will be Turkish-English simultaneous translation.)

You can reach the program of the forums here.

FORUM I: “Global Challenges, Cultural Visions”

11th September 2013, Wednesday, 10:00-12:00

This forum is planned to be the follow up of the “A Soul for Europe” Istanbul Forum: Global Challenges, Cultural Visions in 2010.

Related Publication: “A Soul for Europe” Istanbul Forum: Global Challenges, Cultural Visions

Keynotes:
Rarita Zbranca (Director, AltArt Foundation, “A Soul for Europe” Strategy Group Member)
Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei (Performing Artist, Philosopher, Activist, Academician)
Emre Zeytinoğlu (Academician, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Curator)
Deniz Erbaş (Curator)

Discussants:
Ula Schneider (Artist, Coordinator of SOHO in Ottakring, Wien)
Emre Koyuncuoğlu (Director, Performer, Choreographer, Performance Artist)
T. Melih Görgün (Academician, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Artist and Curator)
Sinan Niyazioğlu (Academician, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Graphic Designer, Curator, Design Theoretician)
Direnç Erşahin (Philosopher)
Nazan Üstündağ (Academician, Boğaziçi University)
Alexandru Balasescu (Antropologist, Deputy Director of Romanian Cultural Institute “Dimitrie Cantemir”)
Marcus Graf (Academician, Yeditepe University, Curator, Art Theorist)


FORUM II: “City, Active Citizenship, Arts and Culture”

11th September 2013, Wednesday, 14:30-17:00

This is planned to be the follow up of the forums “From the Past to the Future European Capitals of Culture” in 2007 and “Collecting the Future: Culture and Arts as Catalyzers for Urban Development” in 2011.

Related Publications: European Capitals of Culture From the Past to the FutureCollecting the Future: Culture and Arts as Catalyzers for Urban DevelopmentCity and Art Forum

Keynotes:
Eugen Panescu (Urban Planner)
Çağlar Keyder (Writer, Academician, Boğaziçi University)
Emre Koyuncuoğlu (Director, Performer, Choreographer, Performance Artist)

Discussants:
Mürteza Fidan (Academician, Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty, Artist and Curator)
Emre Zeytinoğlu (Academician, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Curator)
Johanna Reiner (Artist, collabor.at)
Dejan Kaludjerovic (Artist)
Bahar Aksel (Academician, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University)
Elke Krasny (Curator, Artist, Writer)
Shams Asadi (Urban Planner, Wien Municipality)
Ata Ünal (Dramaturgist, Academician, Theatre Theoretician)
Vittorio Urbani (Curator, The Founder of Nuova Icona)
Glenn Alteen (Program Director of Grunt Gallery)
Seyhan Boztepe (Artist, Curator, Academician, Founder of Çanakkale Biennial)
Hülya Karakaş (Theathre Director and Artist, Performance Artist)
Işın Önol (Curator)
Kevser Üstündağ (Urban Planner)
Yeşim Dizdaroğlu (Artist, Education Coordinator of ÇEKÜL Foundation)
Vecdi Sayar (Critic, Art Director, President of Association for Intercultural Communication & Interdisciplinary Art)
Yücel Canyaran (Art Director, Kadıköy Municipality Caddebostan Cultural Center)

FORUM III: “Where from, Where to?”

26th September 2013, Thursday, 14:30-17:00

“Where Should We Start From?: Arts and Culture Management Program” was a series of meetings and trainings held in 2005 to network, learn from eachother, analyse the situation and develop proposals for the improvement of the cultural sector and the international cultural relations. “Where to?” is a forum to analyze the present situation of the cultural domain in Turkey and Europe after 10 years.

Related Publications: Nereden BaşlasakTurkey – Europe Cultural Relations International ForumMargins of EuropeEuropean Capitals of Culture From the Past to the Future


Keynotes:
Mürteza Fidan (Academician, Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty, Artist and Curator)
Kathrin Deventer (Secretary General of European Festivals Associations (EFA), Board Member of European House for Culture, “A Soul for Europe” Strategy Group Member)
Ruggero Lala (Felix Meritis, European Centre for Arts, Culture and Science, “A Soul for Europe” Strategy Group Member)

Discussants:
Ata Ünal (Dramaturgist, Academician, Theatre Theoretician)
T. Melih Görgün (Academician, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Artist and Curator)
Emre Koyuncuoğlu (Director, Performer, Choreographer, Performance Artist)
Saba Sümer (Borusan Orchestra Manager)
Rana Öztürk (National College of Art and Design, Dublin; Researcher, Writer, Curator)
Eylem Ertürk (Project Development and Fundraising Coordinator, Anadolu Kültür, Instructor, İstanbul Bilgi University)
Ekmel Ertan (Founder of Amber Festival, Artist)
Deniz Tezuçan (Research and Programs, SALT)
Ayşegül Güçhan (Art Critic, Academician, Yeditepe University)
Burçak Konukman (Performance Artist)
Olgu Çoban (Project Coordinator, Austian Cultural Forum)

FORUM IV: “Transformations In Thoughts, Dreams and Daily Life”

24th October 2013, Thursday, 14:30-17:00

Ten years ago the transformations in Turkey were elaborated in the integration process to the EU. Is there still a transformation? Is Turkey transforming? Is the EU transforming?  How did the relations develop between Turkey and Europe at political and civil society levels?

Related Publication: Transformations in thinking, dreaming and daily life in the process of EU integration

Speakers:
Beral Madra (Art Critic, Curator, Artistic Director of KUAD Gallery)
Cengiz Aktar (Journalist, Writer, Academician, Bahçeşehir University)
Tülin Bumin (Philosopher, Academician, Galatasaray University)
Nele Hertling (Co-founder and Member of the Strategy Group of “A Soul for Europe”)
Bahadır Kaleağası (International Coordinator and EU Representative of Turkish Industry and Business Association-TÜSİAD)
Osman Kavala (Founder of Anadolu Kültür)

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 FORUM I

[“Global Challenges, Cultural Visions”
11th September 2013, Wednesday, 10:00-12:00"]

 FORUM II

[“City, Active Citizenship, Arts and Culture”
11th September 2013, Wednesday, 14:30-17:00"]

 FORUM III

[ “Where from, Where to?”
26th September 2013, Thursday, 14:30-17:00"]

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[ “Transformations In Thoughts, Dreams and Daily Life”
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