Özge Özdüzen Participated AVANCA/ CINEMA 2011

AVANCA/ CINEMA 2011: 2nd International Conference Cinema- Art, Technology, Communication was held in Portugal in 24-25 July 2011. Media and Communication Systems research assistant Özge Özdüzen presented a paper on the popular Turkish television series Behzat Ç.. Here is the abstract of her presentation:

Contemporary Archetypes of New Cinema and TV Series in Turkey: Situating The Crime Thriller Behzat Ç.

Right after the end of Yeşilçam era (roughly the era between the 1950’s and 1980’s in Turkish cinema) and due to the emergence and mushrooming of private channels in Turkey, beginning with the end of 1980’s, previous spectators of Yeşilçam films turned to TV series. In this presentation, the main aim is to analyze the contemporary Turkish crime thriller Behzat Ç. (2010-2011) through the lens of contemporary archetypes of New Turkish Cinema and TV series. In doing it, I attempt to define five main contemporary archetypes; three of them male archetypes, two of them female archetypes. These archetypes are the desolate men, substitute fathers, street kids, evil women and silenced women. I argue that, these common characters as repeting motives in Turkish films and TV series, which are also indispensible parts of Turkish social fabric and every day life practices in Turkey, are in a process of becoming “contemporary archetypes”. In this respect, the mass appeal of Behzat Ç., I believe, lies in its being a culmination of these widely known and appreciated archetypes. This is not to differentiate Behzat Ç. from the rest of the films and TV series, but it is to remark its singularity and also to analyze it in line with other contemporary films and TV series.

CFP: International Conference on Digital Society

Nowadays, most of the economic activities and business models are driven by the unprecedented evolution of theories and technologies. The impregnation of these achievements into our society is present everywhere, and it is only question of user education and business models optimization towards a digital society. Digital devices conquer from kitchen to space vessels most of the functionality commonly performed by human beings. Telecommunications, advanced computation, miniaturization, and high speed devices make telepresence-presence easy. Wireless and mobility allow ubiquitous systems to be developed. Progress in image processing and exchanging facilitate e-health and virtual doctor teams for patient surgeries. Naturally, issues on how to monitor, control and manage these systems become crucial to guarantee user privacy and safety. Not only devices, but also special software features must be enforced and guaranteed in a digital society. Information technologies allow optimization in searching an interpreting data, yet special constraints imposed by the digital society require on-demand, ethics, and legal aspects, as well as user privacy and safety.
Nowadays, there is notable progress in designing and deploying information and organizational management systems, experts systems, tutoring systems, decision support systems, and in general, industrial systems.
National and cross-national governments’ decisions for using the digital advances require e-Government activities on developmental trends, adoption, architecture, transformation, barrier removals, and global success factors. There are challenges for government efficiency in using these technologies such as e-Voting, eHealth record cards, citizen identity digital cards, citizen-centric services, social e-financing projects, and so on.
The Sixth International Conference on Digital Society (ICDS 2012) continues a series of international events covering a large spectrum of topics related to advanced networking, applications, and systems technologies in a digital society.
Visit http://www.iaria.org/conferences2012/ICDS12.html

Shpilman Institute for Photography Grant Program

Founded in 2010, the Shpilman Institute for Photography is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support international scholarly research and artistic projects that advance the practices, uses, and effects of photography. The SIP programs encompass both historical and contemporary photography, with a special interest in its relationship to philosophy, and include public events such as conferences and panels, a grant program, publications, and a dynamic website for scholarly research and professional updates.
The Shpilman Institute for Photography was founded in 2010 when the field of photography was expanding at unprecedented rates and the critical need for deeper scholarship and contemplation of its social, philosophical, artistic, and cultural implications became evident.
The SIP began by organizing conferences, panels, and talks in Israel, and supporting scholarly and artistic activities locally and globally, with colleagues from such leading institutions as the Jeu de Paume, the Museum of Modern Art, and Parsons The New School for Design. In 2010 The SIP announced its Annual Grant Program that has awarded $120,000 to over a dozen researchers from around the world.
The SIP Grant Program supports research on photography and the merger of theory and photographic practice by funding significant projects by emerging and established artists, curators, and organizations at strategic points in their development. Thay concentrate on projects that have a broad impact and are in dialogue with international art discourse.
The SIP operates via two grant programs: Research Grants for Academic Writing, and Funding for Exhibition-Related Research .
The announcement on the Exhibition-Related Research program will take place in September 2011. For additional details and questions please contact by email info@thesip.org or visit http://thesip.org/

Aylin Kalem Presented @ Ballhaus Naunynstrasse Berlin

Aylin Kalem had a presentation on “Contemporary Dance in Turkey: An Aesthetics of Transformation” at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse in Berlin on the 1st of June within the project In/Out curated by Wagner Carvalho.

“Contemporary Dance in Turkey has been flourishing particularly in the last years. Turkish choreographers display an aesthetics of transformation in various ways: through the exploration of anatomy, through spiritual journey, and as an existential quest. The presentation focused on the works of Aydin Teker, Berrak Yedek, and Ilyas Odman.”

Ceren Mert’in Makaleleri

Medya ve İletişim Sistemleri araştırma görevlisi Ceren Mert’in geçtiğimiz akademik yıl içinde yayınlanan iki makalesi şöyle: 

“İstanbul’un Küresel Akışlar İçerisindeki Dijital Sesleri ve Mekânları” (“The Digital Voices and Spaces of Istanbul within the Global Flows”) published in Kültür Envanteri – İstanbul’da Eğlence Kitabı (Entertainment in Istanbul part of the Istanbul 2010 Capital of Culture Inventory series) (eds. Volkan Aytar &Kübra Parmaksızoğlu), April 2011, pp. 179-186

“İstanbul’da Bir Üçüncü Mekân Okuması: ‘Pozitif’ Titreşimler ve Babylon” (“A Reading of Thirdspace in Istanbul: ‘Pozitif’ Vibrations and Babylon”) in Idealkent: Kent Araştırmaları Dergisi (Idealkent: Journal of City Researches) no. 2, Dec. 2010, pp. 86-113

Ceren Mert Presented @ Spaces of Alterity Conference

Spaces of Alterity: Conceptualising Counter-Hegemonic Sites, Practices and Narratives April 27-28, 2011 (held in Nottingham-UK; organized by University of Nottingham)

“Forming Creative Spaces through Films: Fatih Akin and the Possible Representations of the Lived Spaces of the Immigrants

Paper Presentation: Ceren Mert (Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey)

Initially this paper will dwell on the philosophical conceptualization of ‘space’ and how spatialization takes (or might take) place utilizing the theoretical conceptualizations of writers such as Lefebvre, Deleuze & Guattari, and Doreen Massey. Taking these authors’ spatial conceptualizations into consideration, I will elaborate on the issue of city-spaces within the process of globalization and how immigrants and diasporic cultures (especially youth) construct spaces of alterity making use of their artistic creation (i.e. film and music) that can also act as spaces of resistance. Hence, within this era of vast global cultural flows, the city, or in other words, urban spaces play a significant role as they embrace countless amount of hybrid artistic formations of the immigrant youths. Thus, the urban space, although embarks upon what Deleuze and Guattari would term as striated spaces, it nevertheless also brings forth its own smooth spaces –which for these philosophers are associated with the nomad. Furthermore, the urban space also encapsulates what Lefebvre would mention as representational spaces, which are those spaces in relation with the lived and the everyday life. Thus, as Massey would put it, space is dynamic and never closed; where in a similar manner we could witness the never-ending new openings of the immigrants’ artistic practices. Accordingly, this paper aims to bring together all these theoretical abstractions under the analysis of one of the most recent notable film-makers/directors, who is also a second-generation Turkish immigrant in Germany: Fatih Akin. What kind of spatial alterity can be found in the filmic production of Fatih Akin? How does he represent the everyday life of the Turkish immigrants and their interaction with other people from different national or ethnic origins? In what ways do the discourses of the artistic practices such as in this case of Akin can form an opposition with those of the nation-state on a more macro level? These questions will be interrogated along the lines of where this paper has started out with; the ideas of space and spatial practices of the theoreticians mentioned above.”

Zafer Aracagök’ün Çalışmaları

2009’da yayınlanan Desonance: Desonating (with) Deleuze kitabının yazarı, Görsel İletişim Tasarımı Bölümü öğretim görevlisi Zafer Aracagök 23-26 Haziran tarihlerinde University of London’da European Network for Cinema and Media Studies tarafından gerçekleştirilen Sonic Futures: Soundscapes and the Languages of Screen Media konferansına “Deleuze on Sound, Music and Schizo-incest” başlıklı sunumuyla katıldı. Aracagök 20-21 Mayıs tarihlerinde Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi’nde yapılan Mobility and Fantasy in Visual Culture konferansında da “Desire Image” başlıklı çalışmasını sunmuştu. Zafer Aracagök’ün son dönemde yayınlanan diğer çalışmaları ise şöyle:

“On Some Umbrellas,” in His Master’s Voice in Dublin/Sevim Burak, İstanbul, Mas Printing House, May 2011, (A special 50-copy of this book is printed for a symposium on Sevim Burak’s works at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland on 19 May, 2011.)
“An Audio-Visual Interview with Zafer Aracagök on Deleuze,” Deleuze Studies/Actual Virtual #12, 2011, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (http://www.hssr.mmu.ac.uk/deleuze-studies/journal/av-12/)
“Cinsel-Oluş”, Sanat ve Arzu Seminerleri, İstanbul, Norgunk Yayıncılık, Istanbul, Aralık 2010.
“Pour un principe d’incertitude sexuel(le),” Revue Chimères, N°73 tiques meutes et larves, Paris, FR, November 2010.
“Spectacle, Speculative, Spectile: Situations in Sarah Kane, Sevim Burak, etc,” Third Text, Volume 24, Issue 4, 2010, Routledge, London, UK. (AHCI)
“Deleuze on Sound, Music and Schizo-incest,” Rhizomes.19, Summer 2009.
Editing a special Deleuze and Guattari issue for Parallax (Taylor & Francis -AHCI) to be published in January 2012.