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Maybe, We Will Benefit from Our Neighbour’s Good Fortune                                                                    – an exhibition on Collectivity

The Aesthetics of Protest is proud to present the exhibition “Maybe, We Will Benefit from Our Neighbour’s Good Fortune” – curated by Işıl Eğrikavuk and coordinated by Jozef E. Amado, opening in Istanbul on Thursday, September 14th.

The exhibition will bring together Istanbul based art collectives dadans, HAH and Pelesiyer, who are producing new works for this exhibition. Additionally, artıkişler (video art collective), birbuçuk (arts and ecology collective) and Istanbul Permaculture Collective will present a programme of parallel activities as part of the exhibition.

The exhibition is an extension of an academic collaboration among Brighton University, UK, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey and Glasgow Caledonian University, UK. The academic part of the project is called “Aesthetics of Protest”, focusing on artistic production, political protests and the relationship between them.

Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, the exhibition brings together collectives that incorporate cooking, eating, cultivating, and ecology in their work and investigates if such collective producing, which also generate the idea of neighbourhood, can be considered as alternative ways to protest.

The exhibition presents examples of collective producing and consuming in arts, gastronomy and ecology as opposed to individualism, thus aiming to utilize the exhibition space as a meeting point to create dialogue with the locals. In this concept, the parallel activity programme will include various workshops on gardening and cooking. Additionaly, dadans collective will present a performance at the opening of the exhibition, on Thursday, 14 September.

The title of the exhibition comes from an old idiom in Turkish language which means one can benefit from the achievements and the abundance of the neighbours around. Referring to this idiom, the exhibition questions the traditional meanings of being a neighbour and the current dynamics of solidarity and invites the audience to be a part of an alternative model of communication and expression.

Curated by Işıl Eğrikavuk and coordinated by Jozef E. Amado, the parallel activity programme will include the following:

14 September Thursday @ 19.00: Performance titled “Playing House” | dadans Collective

16 September Saturday: Sourdough Bread Making Workshop with Murat Demirtaş | Istanbul Permaculture Collective

23 September Saturday: Garden at Home Workshop with Dilek Yalçın Demiralp | Istanbul Permaculture Collective

7 October Saturday: Video Screening and talk – “The Waste of Istanbul” | artıkişler Collective

14 October Saturday: Conversation titled “Common Ground: FOOD” | birbuçuk Collective

*All the activities and workshops will be open to public for free. Reservation is needed to participate.

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The Performance of Protest: a panel on visual culture and aesthetics

9 Jun 20174:00 pm | ICA Cinema 1 |

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This panel discussion focusses on the relationship between art, protest and performance. Recent years has witnessed a huge increase in the number of protests around the world which have challenged economic institutions and political practices, including the Arab Spring, Occupy movements, pro-women’s movements in the US and beyond, and anti- austerity movements across Europe. Protestors have a range of options open to them in order to get their voice heard and increasingly protestors use aesthetics in order to communicate their ideas to the public. The role of social media in amplifying the performance of protest is considered, especially the production and dissemination of visual imagery.

The aesthetics of protest may include visual, material, textual and performative elements of protest, such as images, symbols, graffiti, clothes, art, but also other elements such as forms of rhetoric, slang, humour, slogans, as well as the choreography of protest actions in public spaces. This panel brings together artists/practitioners and academics to discuss the performance of protest in contentious politics. Whilst panelists will discuss Turkey and the Gezi Park protests in particular it will other explore manifestations of the performance of protest around the world.

This event is chaired by Prof. Catherine Moriarty (University of Brighton) and panellists include Isil Egrikavuk (Performance Artist, Istanbul), Pelin Basaran (Programme manager, Contact, Manchester), Dr. Aidan McGarry(University of Brighton) and Dr. Umut Korkut (Glasgow Caledonian University).

This event forms part of the Design Culture Salon series that is curated by Professor Guy Julier (University of Brighton/Victoria and Albert Museum).

Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the University of Brighton

This event is part of Crossings, an ICA-led UK-wide film and events programme organised in partnership with the Goethe-Institut and with support from the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

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