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"Call for Artists: Digital Art Workshops in the Ancient City of Myndos"
2002-08-11 until 2002-08-21
Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum
Contemporary Artists from New York and Istanbul will
be gathering in the ancient city of Myndos for a
Digital art workshops between the 11th and 21st of
August. Myndos, located near Bodrum in the southwest
region of Turkey, is a unique ancient city as parts of
the city including its port have sunk just below the
sea level. The imagery of an ancient city just below
the sea level conbined with today's technology, the
cameras and performers, constitutes the perfect
surreal scene for the artists.
Gumusluk Academy, an independent arts foundation,
located near the ruins of ancient Myndos, is
organizing this series of Digital Art workshops in
collaboration with istanbulmuseum.org/. The aim of the
workshops is to combine new technology with ancient
cultures in order to reach to a new conceptual level.
The categories in this workshop are
Digital Design, Net Art, Video Art, Interactive Art
and Electronic Music. The instructers are Tina La
Porta, Genco Gulan, John Plenge, Tim Hailey and Murat
The instructers taking part in this workshop are also
praticing artists. Tina La Porta, one of the first
artists to be
accepted into the Whitney Museum of American Art
collection as a net-artist, is a faculty at the NY
Technology and School of Visual Arts. She recently
opened a solo exhibition "voyeur_web " at Universal
Unlimited in NY.
Genco Gulan has participated in the Net-art project,
Chaos in Action, exhibited in 'Centre Pompidou et du
National d'Art Moderne', Paris. Gulan has given
seminars on the subjects of Internet and New
Technology, at the
New York Institute of Technology and New School
University. He recently participated to Kanonmedia's
Media Line" net art exhibition on the web and the
IV.th Digital Salon Exhibition at Habana, Cuba.
Interactive works of Tim Hailey, have been exhibited
in major museums including the New Orleans Museum of
Contemporary Art. He recentyly curated "Ironclads" an
interactive performance at Here Art NYC.
John Plenge is an ASCAP, NYSCA and OBIE award winning
songwriter, composer and sound designer. Past
highlights include performances at The Kitchen
Theater, NYC, 450 Broadway Gallery , NYC, Wonton
3 Legged Dog/ Wooster Group, NYC, (2002) HERE Center
Arts NYC, Teatro Carignano, Torrino, Italy (Obie Award
for Best Production 2000) New School University,
NYC, Music Composition Award "Symphony East-West"
(1999) ASCAP SongWriting Award Recipient (1995).
Dr. Murat Egi is the head of the Istanbul University
Underwater Technologies Program. His underwater
have been published in National Geographic and
international Medical and Biomedical magazines. He
an underwater survey of the Van Lake and produced a
documentary film based on his survey.
History of Myndos
In history, Myndos, or as it is called today Gumuluk,
was an important port of the ancient Carian Kingdom
dates back to the 5th century B.C. and even to
prehistory. Caria, along with Ionia to its north was a
culture, home to noted philosophers, historians,
architects, and physicians of antiquity-including
Bodrum/ Halikarnassos, Hippocrates of ›stankoy,
Herakleitos of Ephesus, Thales and Anaximenes of
Eudoxos of Knidos.
Moreover Halikarnassos is the original site of the
Mousoleion, the tomb of Carian King Mousolus, one of
wonders of the world. It is currently on display at
the British Museum. The spectacular Bodrum Castle,
built by the
Knights of St. John, currently houses the
internationally known Museum of Underwater Archeology.
It is in this
museum where the participants will gain the
archeological references of the remains.
The digital workshops at Gumusluk Academy aim to bring
a new approach to digital arts in the context of
art and site specific workshop. The workshop will
include theoretical and practical levels while
difference between the observer and the producer.
During the workshop period, participants will develop
together, working with each other, switching between
different roles and positions. Works will be exhibited
Bodrum, Istanbul, New York and on the Internet. We
believe that a carefull but a spontaneous meeting of
ancient and the new technology might carry us to a new