Mevce Çıracı: “WORKSHOP PRACTICE AND HYBRID CRAFTING"
Monday, 31st of January, at 15.00
This lecture will be about design research through hands-on workshop practice and exploring potentials of materials without having a specific product application in mind. The ‘Workshop' will be discussed as a physical space for fabrication and experimentation as well as a mindset for a collaborative and multi-disciplinary design approach. The presentation will include examples of hybrid crafting methods that combine traditional knowledge with contemporary fabrication technologies as well as experiments with biomaterials and their implication for new bio-fabrication techniques.
Ayşenaz Toker: “ARE SPIRITS IN THE MATERIAL WORLD?”
Tuesday, 8 February at 18.00
Designer and design educator Ayşenaz Toker will talk about the alternative capacities and intrinsic potentials latent in materials and forms that make up the everyday. Using design as a lens, she will look at photos of shapes, forms, and positions coming together with urban material components vernacular to İstanbul, and speculate their interplay with the subjective borders between position and capacity of things. She will also talk about the project titled object*oriented*magic, which both researches and employs the vernacular Anatolian esoteric knowledge and its interrelation with objects in order to create spells as devices for enchanted engagement with material components of everyday.
Mustafa Emin Büyükcoşkun: “FLANEURING AT INDUSTRIAL SITES”
Tuesday, 15 February, at 15.00
Aymakoop Industrial Site at Ikitelli Organised Industrial Zone
Following the coup d'etat in 1980, the urban planning policy in Istanbul forced the industries to move to the peripheries of the city. Industrial sites were constructed in this period to host manufacturing activities. However, the process was slower than the development and nowadays those sites shelter small-scale workshops and showrooms but still play an important role in the production scene of the city. Together with Mustafa Emin Büyükcoşkun, we will discover this space, visiting manufacturers and workshops, trying to understand the production forms and labour processes going on in Istanbul.
Ornamenta 2024 Curatorial Team: “ORNAMENTALISATION”
Thursday, 17 February, 15:00
(This lecture will be held via Zoom)
The contours of Ornamenta 2024 -a new cultural event in the Black Forest region of Germany- are taking shape. By means of a kind of acupuncture performed on the social fabric of the region, the curators of Ornamenta are mapping out specific people, places and products of the region that are open to reinterpretation through art and design. The curators of Ornamenta 2024 will share their research and development for the new cultural programme.
Norina Quinte: “YOU NEED ME. OR YOU DON’T.” THE SCOPE OF CURATORIAL INTERVENTIONS
Thursday, 17 February, 17:00
Curating means looking at things in relation with each other and thereby creating a discursive space of possibilities. Almost every exhibition today is organised by a curator. He or she is a key element between artists and institutions. But for whom exactly is the curatorial activity indispensable? For the institution on whose behalf he or she works, for the audience on whose reception he or she depends, or for the artists whose positions he or she is supposed to put in the best possible light? How are public discursive spaces generated or influenced by curatorial interventions? And how can curatorial work disrupt conventional ways of viewing and exhibiting without altering the content of artistic intention through an overarching thematic field?
Meriç Kara: “PEOPLE, LIFE AND THINGS”
Friday, February 18, at 15.00
This lecture is about people, life and things. Meriç Kara will be sharing examples from her work and discuss our relationship with daily things, digging deeper into the ideas that shape her work. Meriç is a Turkish designer and a part-time instructor based in Istanbul, who observes and collects scenes from daily life, transforming them into designs that often act as tools of communication. She seeks ways to connect with people through their thoughts and actions, always exploring their routines, habits, behaviors, feelings and expectations. She works across multiple mediums varying from brief to article, product and installation. She looks for potentials, meanings and spirits within things and proposes new perspectives in order to relate to our environment. There is so much around us to play with, to talk to and to talk about, to question and to criticize. Things affect people’s lives, and people affect things, forming an endless and inseparable chain of evolution.
Jan Boelen: “TOOLS FOR DEBATE”
Friday, 18 February, 18.00
In his lecture, Jan Boelen will show exhibitions, artworks, and materials as tools to bring different stakeholders together. The different formats of prototypes function as Trojan horses to instigate change, design relations, and build future projects differently. This lecture will highlight how relational art is to public space, critical tools for debate, and scenarios that let us speculate about possibilities.
Candaş Şişman: “MULTISENSORY INSTALLATIONS AND EXPERIENCE DESIGN”
Monday, 21 February, at 18.00
Artist Candaş Şişman, who manipulates human perceptions across different disciplines, explains the production processes of his multi-sensory installation works, which appeal to different senses at the same time, and the production processes of his projects centering on the human experience. In addition, the artist will make a presentation of various ideas and examples regarding human perceptions, our perception of reality, the concepts of time and space, and the contemporary evolution of life and interdisciplinary production practices.