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Eren Arıkan studied Management of Performing Arts in Bilgi University, Istanbul. During his studies, he acted for theater companies and TV series. Between 2009 and 2012, he worked as the production manager and artictic director assistant in the first contemporary Performing Arts Center in Istanbul, namely „Garage Istanbul”. Afterwards he worked as a production manager for various leading production companies in Istanbul, such as Pozitif Live, showhow, and making some festivals like Rock’n Coke, OneLove. Currently he is organizing tours for theater plays in Istanbul to Berlin and developing his own projects.
Ali M. Demirel studied nuclear engineering at Hacettepe University, and architecture at Middle East Technical University (METU). After receiving his degree in architecture, he worked and lectured at GISAM (Audio-Visual Research Center) of METU.
Started making experimental videos in 1993, focusing on minimal imagery and structural compositions. His concepts are often driven from science and architecture. He also deals with socio-political subjects as Magnetmus and Dunyayi Kurtaran Mimarlar.
Following his collaboration with Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman) on music videos, he started to design and perform live visual shows. Reflecting his background in physics and architecture, he has established a unique visual style with minimal electronic music.
Demirel has performed live at Sonar Festival, Spain; Mutek Festival, Canada; Coachella, USA; Brixton Academy, London; ADE, Amsterdam; Dissonanze, Rome; Berlin Music Days; TimeWarp, Mannheim; Creamfields, UK; Global Gathering, UK; Detroit Electronic Music Festival; Miami Music Conference; Fuji Rock Festival, Japan; Future Music Festival, Australia; South American Music Conference, Buenos Aires; among others. His work has been presented at Guggenheim Museum, New York; Transmediale & CTM, Berlin; TodaysArt.NL; ifa Galerie, Berlin; ICA, London; [space], London; ACAW, Max Protetch Gallery, New York; Sammlung ESSL, Wien; European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck; State Museum of Fine Arts, Kyrgyzstan; Aksanat, Istanbul; Proje4L, Istanbul; International Short Film Festival, Hamburg; Festival International Cinéma Méditerranéen, Montpellier; !f Istanbul; Antalya Altinportakal Film Festival; Ankara International Film Festival; among others.
Ece Pazarbaşı works and walks on the merged borderline of curatorial practice and artistic research as her main profession. She has realised many projects over the issues of urbanism, digital and analogue public space, participatory art, alternative education as well as food and technology of the human body. Since 2016, she is running Field Kitchen Academy, a mobile educational residency programme. Among her recent positions are co-curator of “Everything Under the Sun (2015), curator of “Insomnia Dyslexia” Ljubljana Video Biennial (2015) and curator of ‘Walk Over the City’ soundwalk series in Istanbul (2013); Istanbul Coordinator for New Museum – New York’s Ideas City (2012); she has also co-curated “12/12” and “Turkish Art Nice and Simple” exhibitions at Tanas Berlin (2011-2012) together with René Block. She was the assistant curator of the 52nd Venice Biennial Turkish Pavilion (2007), director of the alternative education, residency and festival programme Meeting Point (2007-2009), and project manager of “Orhan Pamuk: Museum of Innocence” for Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2007-08). In 2009 and 2010 she worked as Consultant and Program Specialist of Visual Arts for Turkey at the Strategic Planning and Development Department for Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, UAE. In 2013 she had the privilege to take part in Olafur Eliasson’s Institution for Spatial Experiments with a research grant. With her Berlin Art Grant Clinic, she had the opportunity to teach at Kunsthochschule Mainz, Academy of Fine Arts/ University of the Arts Helsinki, Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP), Branchentreff 2015 – PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMM DES LAFT BERLIN, PAP – Performing Arts Programme Berlin and also Transart Institute (New York and Berlin) where she is working as MFA and PhD students advisor.
Murat Sezgi has worked in various parts of the music industry in Istanbul between 2003 to 2015, working for the largest festivals and events such as Rock’n Coke, One Love Festival, U2, Cirque du Soleil, Babylon as well as touring in Turkey and in the world with many musicians. In 2015, with his team, he has formed Kabak & Lin Records a Berlin and Istanbul based Record Label, Booking Agency, Artist Management Company and Festival promoter. We currently book musicians for different venues and festivals in Turkey as well as promoting XJAZZ Festival (originated in Berlin), in Istanbul, Ankara and Kabak Valley. We will have some more events during 2017.
Due to Svenja Schüffler‘s multidisciplinary background as Geologist and Geographic Information Science, her work involves equally scientific and artistic approaches. Enabling a very close exchange with scientists from varying disciplines and the complex scientific concepts. With the capacity to problematize those concepts and critically sense and discover distinct forms of mediation, relation and perception with artistic means. Her projects and art works are presented in exhibitions and forums. Her recent and coming projects are actively and confidently engaged in human-earth-science related topics, uncertain knowledge and transfer to public and decision makers in contexts of art.
Her Installing Seismic risk of Istanbul project proposal was invited to the Forecast Forum at HKW Berlin. The project is an undertaking on the interface of science and art. It is supported amongst other by the German Research Centre for Geoscience GFZ, Potsdam. The project approaches the complexity of contemporary scientific forecast and its mode of modelling and calculating future earth and human impacts. It provides insight into knowing and decision making under distinct uncertainties by different actors.