Workshop and Presentation by Ekmel Ertan

Ekmel Ertan

Ekmel Ertan works as an artist, curator, and educator. Ertan is the founder and artistic director of İstanbul based amberPlatform (by BIS, Beden-İşlemsel Sanatlar Derneği /Body-Process Arts Association), which is a research and production platform on art and new technologies. Ertan is the artistic director of the international “amber Art and Technology Festival” in Istanbul since 2007. He curated international amberPlatform exhibitions and events and several others as an independent curator. Ertan is also working as the site coordinator and director of international projects based in Turkey and Europe in the conjunction of art and technology /new media and society. 

Ertan has exhibited his new media installations, photography and collaborative performance works in Turkey, Europe, and The States. 

Ertan received his BSc degree in Electronics / Communication Engineering from the Technical University of Istanbul and his MA degree in Interactive Media Design from Yıldız Technical University. He worked as a design and test engineer on telecommunication systems in Turkey, Germany, and Belgium. He started a multimedia design company in 1997 in Istanbul. Between 1999 and 2006 he taught new media design at Istanbul Bilgi University, İstanbul Technical University, and Yıldız Technical University; between 2006 and 2014 he taught at Sabancı University. Currently, he is living and working in Berlin. 

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Moving Image and the New Media

We are living in the post-everything era. Post-modern, post-digital, post-truth, and other posts. Among them, post-media is one of the determinative terms for the art world of today. The title of this presentation twisted by the terminology problem which started with the very beginning of the genre(s) so-called Media Art, New Media or Digital Arts later and the terminology is still transforming. In this presentation, I will focus on Moving Image from the New Media perspective and sample some works.

A Solidarity Network
In the last decades, the socioeconomic, political and technological transformations in the globe enormously changed the cultural ground as well. The conventions of the modernist era and even the postmodernism have been rendered invalid. Almost nothing is granted or will be so in the very near feature. The diversity of circumstances is vast and the gap between geographies, nation-states, and cultural practices is expanding against the expectations created by globalism. This workshop is about exchanging knowledge and experience in the search for sustainable relations among the independent initiatives and artists.