Fairy Tale Istanbul 2010
The goal of Film Documentary Animation Projects in this area for Istanbul 2010 Capital of Culture is to create projects which reflect the original giving life to free the souls of individuals and “making them contemporary”, which I am not exactly sure what that means. Perhaps it is moving the souls of individuals by freeing them from the past and then making them contemporary, bringing them into the present day. Maybe it is an attempt to give people a more modern perspective of their lives and themselves. Perhaps it is contemplation of the individual in the context of his or her society.
The following is a list of projects in the Film Documentary Animation Project for Istanbul 2010.
Istanbuls in My Binoculars
Created by the students of the “Isil Özgentürk Film Workshop”, project to include widespread diffusion of cinema to the masses. This diffusion to the masses will premiere on Friday June 18, 2010 at Yeditepe University. After this premiere performance, coffeehouses all over Istanbul, municipal cultural centers, consulates and other venues overseas will be able to see the results of this project.
Colors of Culture Diversity:
Colors of cultural diversity is a project managed by Annie Pertan. On November 23, 2010, the gala opens at Zoğrafyon High School
This project features the colorful diversity of the people which make up the city of Istanbul and their artistic contributions to the city of Istanbul. This documentary features the Greek, the Jewish, Armenians, Assyrians and gypsies who have been co-existing for time eternal and their contributions to the cultural wealth of Istanbul.
Love in Istanbul
Love in Istanbul is a documentary based on the theory of love and connection. As Istanbul itself is a bridge between east and west and contrasting civilizations, so love is also a bridge, a connection between two individuals.
Lost Prince in Wonderland
A documentary study of the Sultan’s festivals in the 16th Century woven by the kaleidascope of history. Performances by Gypsy, Arab, Persian, Turkish, Italian, Greek, Serbian, and Jewish acrobats appear in the fairytale world of the circumcision ceremony of the princes in 1582 for Prince Mehmet, the son of Murat the Third. Turkish, Italian, Serbian, Greek, Spanish, Jewish, Persian, Arab and Gypsy artists, acrobats and musicians of that time will appear in world of fairytale of Prince Mehmet, the son of Murat the Third.
Breaking the Stereotype Istanbul 2010
The Visual Art Project in Istanbul 2010, led by the Directorate of Visual Arts determined the lack of exposure of the masses to contemporary art in Istanbul. Therefore, visual arts projects were determined with the ambition of supporting new professional artists and their scope of work and presenting this work to the masses.
Visual Arts Projects in Istanbul:
The 33rd FISAE International Ex-libris Congress and the Third International Ex—Libris Competition: August 25 – 29, 2010.
Lives and Works in Istanbul:
Ten artists from the European Union countries are invited to Istanbul and given the opportunity to live/work/create in Istanbul.
The Portable Arts Project:
Goal of this project is to increase the amount of space available to artists as far as the districts in Istanbul are concerned with the goal of increasing the audience of contemporary works of art.
Amber ’08 Art & Technology Festival:
65 International artists presented at the Amber ’08 Art & Technology festival (held in November 2008 at ten different venues.
The CUMA Ertesi (Saturday) events Project:
The telling by residents of Istanbul of the inspirational, creative and productive, joyful aspects of Istanbul among themselves.
Breaking the Stereotype:
An interesting project dealing concept of the stereotypes of the Orient and Occident and deconstructing those stereotypes.
Istanbul Time Travel Experiment About Water, Speaking with the Unconscious Social Mind:
A study of Istanbul residents of different age groups and social groups over a four week period by scientists and artists.
Istanbul in Children’s Eyes:
Children of the Kucukcekmece neighbourhood of Istanbul and from neighbouring countries telling the tale of Istanbul through their eyes in art. The perspective of children from within and beyond Istanbul.
The Diversity Project:
Project Owner: Kaja Pawelek /Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw/ Poland.
The Diversity Project involves the cultural works of Istanbul artists in the construction/deconstruction of Istanbul.
The goal of this project is to exposure Turkish art to Poland and it is hoped that this will generate a continuing network of artists and cultural producers well beyond the year 2010. This project takes place in Warsaw and involves the exhibition of music, photography, contemporary video and Turkish performance artists.
There is much on the menu for Istanbul 2010 Capital of Culture projects. It is hoped that this nomination will bring Turkey to the forefront of the cultural and artistic world, bringing to the world the cultural works of Istanbul’s artists.
Image courtesy of Istanbul2010.org
Istanbul 2010 Once Upon a Time Poster
News from the BBC website on the opening of Istanbul 2010 Capital of Culture which is wonderful for the city of Istanbul, but not without problems with its goals of entering the European Union as a full fledged member. There have also been rumours of corruptions, massive resignations and criticism of too much emphasis restoring historical riches and not enough focus on modern works and creations. In our previous posting of the video by Euronews, some of the contemporary artists of Istanbul’s urban culture spoke of this issue.
“Spectacular fireworks displays and cultural performances will mark the launch of Istanbul’s year as one of three European Capitals of Culture.
The prestigious title gives cities the opportunity and funding to showcase and enrich their cultural life.
For Turkey, which is struggling to fulfil its longstanding aim of becoming a member of the European Union, the title has particular significance.
But Istanbul’s celebration is not without its problems. Istanbul competed fiercely with the Ukrainian capital Kiev to win this title, the last time it will be offered to a non-EU member.
The two other winners were Pecs in Hungary and Essen in Germany. With its rich heritage of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history and its pulsating contemporary urban life, Istanbul is already recognized as one of the world’s great cultural capitals. But the title means a great deal in a country which has for decades aspired to membership of the European Union. The opening celebrations will be marked by a spectacular fireworks display choreographed by the French pyrotechnician Cristoph Berthonneau.
And by a series of cultural performances set against the backdrop of some of Istanbul’s greatest landmarks. But big questions hang over how effective the rest of the year’s programme will be.
The organizing committee has been rocked by conflict between NGOs and government bureaucrats, with mass resignations last year. There have been persistent allegations of corruption. Critics say there has been too much focus on restoring well-known historical sites, and too little on contemporary culture.
And very little effort has been devoted to confronting the painful twentieth century legacy left by the mass expulsion of the Greek and Armenian communities, whose buildings, many of them derelict, still litter the city.”
Source: The BBC news website