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     NEWSLETTER #17 - 2015

1. 14th ISTANBUL BIENNIAL - Emre Hüner

Emre Hüner will present his work at the 14th Istanbul Biennial, coproduced by Platform 0090. The Biennal is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and will be open to the public from 5 September to 1 November 2015..... a city-wide exhibition held in a variety of different venues.
Born in Istanbul in 1977, Emre Hüner lives and works in Istanbul and Amsterdam. Working with drawing, video, sculpture and installations , Hüner's practice focuses on constructed narratives and eclectic assemblages which explore the subjects of utopia , archeology, ideas of progress and future through re-imagination of the spatial and architectural entities, organic and artifcial forms. Recent solo exhibitions include 'Floating Cabin Rider Capsule Reactor Cycle', CCA Kitakyushu, Japan , 'Aeolian', Rodeo, Istanbul , 'MAMProject 019', Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, and group exhibitions 'Approximately Infnite Universe', Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, USA and 'Manifesta 9', European Biennale of Contemporary Art, Genk, Belgium.


2. FRAGILE CITY - Tülay Atak / David Bergé / Elke Krasny

Fragile City revisits Le Corbusier’s Voyage d’Orient of 1911 in the contemporary context of urbanization with essays and work by David Bergé, Elke Krasny and Tülay Atak. It is based on urban curatorial research by Krasny and photographic exploration by Bergé and Krasny. In dialogue with local experts in Athens, Belgrade, Istanbul, Rome and Vienna,
Le Corbusier’s formative route was re-contextualized in contemporary terms. Atak’s contribution is an essay on Le Corbusier’s photographs as documents of an urban context corresponding to a moment at the end of imperialism and beginning of nation-states. With these essays and photographs, Fragile City is a visual, critical and historical reflection on contemporary urbanization.
Fragile City - Tülay Atak, David Bergé, Elke Krasny production Platform 0090 editor MER. Paper Kunsthalle  ISBN: 9789491775574

book presentation: 23 September 2015 - deBuren, Brussels from 19u30 until 21u30.

exhibition: 3 October 2015 until 15 November 2015: NETWERK Aalst - center for contemporary art


With ‘Hidden Face’ the Turkish-Belgian producer/theatremaker Mesut Arslan presents a theatre adaptation of the only film script of Turkish author and Noble prize winner Orhan Pamuk. For his evocative text and light choreography, Arslan works with a Flemish-Turkish team of actors and with scenographer Erki De Vries.
From 1985 till 1989 Pamuk wrote The Black Book, an inventive novel intertwined with mysterious, fairy tale stories. Pamuk developed one of these stories, The Hidden Face, into a film script for the well- known Turkish producer Ömer Kavur. The film won awards in Montreal and Antalya, including the best script award. Mesut Arslan drew inspiration from this surreal movie for his theatre adaptation
In ‘Hidden Face’, a lady asks a photographer to take pictures in bars in Istanbul at night. While he is mainly interested in the lady, the lady is fascinated by the faces of the people in the pictures, and especially by one particular man, who turns out to be a watchmaker. When the lady disappears , the photographer starts looking for her. During his search through different cities he gets in touch with watchmakers, bell towers, film images and a thief of lost dreams. 

‘Hidden face’ is a modern fairy tale on identity. A young photographer and a pretty, mysterious lady wander through different cities, along bell towers, bare trees, night clubs and camera images. On the verge of dream and reality. 

Première: 15,16,17 October 2015, t,arsenaal mechelen and on tour in Strombeek, Ninove, Brussel, Genk, Geel, Tielt, Antwerp, Istanbul, ...
text: Orhan Pamuk - director: Mesut Arslan - scenography/lightdesign: Erki De Vries - sound: Stijn Demeulenaere - dramaturgy: Ata Unal / with: Yves De Pauw, Lotte Heijtenis, Deniz Polatoglu, Tom Van Landuyt  -  technique: Turan Tayar  - regie assistant: Çiğdem y Mirol -  costumes: Johanna Trudzinski
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