Programming & Special Projects: Contemporary Istanbul 2016

Contemporary Istanbul
Oct 21, 2016 4:00AM

Emre Hüner, “Total Realm”, Video animation, 2008 (Bilge - Haro Cumbusyan Collection).

Collectors' Stories

Collectors' Stories is an exceptional exhibition that will showcase 120 artworks personally selected by 60 collectors from their own private collections. An innovative collaboration produced for the very first time in Turkey, the project will take place in a 1,500 m2 exhibition space at CI 2016. Curated by Contemporary Istanbul Artistic Advisor Marc-Olivier Wahlerand and coordinated by Contemporary Istanbul Program Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marcus Graf, the planning and execution of the exhibition will be supported by academics and students from several universities. Rethinking the contemporary aspect of private collections and the works in question, the exhibition presents a unique opportunity for collectors, art enthusiasts, curators and art professionals. 

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Plugin 2016

Dedicated to showcasing artworks at the intersection of science, technology, politics and art, Plugin is now in its fourth year, running alongside Contemporary Istanbul between the 3rd and 6th of November 2016 at the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICC) and Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC). 

This year, Plugin takes up the idea of Networked Space not only as a curatorial concept, but also as a mode of artistic production and point of inquiry into our social imaginary and consciousness. The subject of networks is approached as an epistemological question, investigating the structures of our digitized reality to allow for a renegotiation of the relations between physical and cognitive spaces.  Information technologies have triggered economic and societal changes that have led to a radical reorganization of work and production processes as well as of space and communication. Networked Space attempts to offer a multitude of perspectives with regards to signification, materiality and knowledge creation. 

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CI Design

Contemporary Istanbul is delighted to announce the inclusion of a new space dedicated to art and design in its 2016 fair. The new section of Contemporary Istanbul, CI Design, aims to highlight functional art and objets d’art, unique pieces created by artists, designers and architects. Directed by Susan McMurrain, the exhibition will be part of several events focused on design taking place in Istanbul during the fall of 2016, including the Istanbul Design Biennial and other international design conferences. 

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CI Dialogues

An art fair means much more than being a place for the promotion and sale of artworks. Today, it functions as international platform for art’s communication, mediation, and education. That is why Contemporary Istanbul, the leading art fair and major annual art event in Turkey, has been organizing the CI Dialogues for more than eleven years.

For three days, this extensive international panel brings together more than fifty art professionals, artists, and collectors in order to review the state of contemporary art, its scene as well as the current characteristics of its economics and markets. The program consists of round table talks with various conceptual frameworks about contemporary art, in addition to the fair’s special sections, CI Design and Plugin, which will critically reflect on today’s art and its context to propel its understanding, research, and mediation.

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CI Editions

CI Editions is Contemporary Istanbul’s new initiative and business to share, discuss and promote various formal and conceptual dimensions of art editions and multiples. It presents editions as an important field of art production, as well as an effective way to distribute art works to a wider audience. CI Editions goes beyond the traditional idea of printed editions and produce editions in the form of printing (etching, lithography, silk screen print, digital print etc.), artist books, photography, video, sculpture/ object, neon, sound on vinyl and other media. Providing a platform for the production, mediation and sale of art editions, CI Editions conditions itself as a publishing house, not as a gallery.

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