Chair Person: Alexia Mellor
Presenters: Kerry Doyle, Karin Hansson, Chantal Zakari, Arzu Özkal, Claudia Pederson & WRMC Collaborative
MIND THE GAP playfully alludes to transportation, but references borders and gaps of all kinds: geographic, social, and economic. This panel discussion is aimed at investigating the various ways contemporary art is addressing issues of economic and cultural globalization, and urban migration within the artistic and socio-political traditions of Istanbul and Turkey. MIND THE GAP present papers and discussions from international artists and scholars in reaction to the concepts of capitalism, consumerism and cultural imperialism, and the ways that we negotiate individual and collective identity. MIND THE GAP draws from Nicholas Bourriaud’s notion of the altermodern, which offers a new vision of the modern in which ideas of identity are fluid rather than rooted in our origins. With this spirit, MIND THE GAP asks the following questions:
- In the face of global economic and environmental crises, what options do we have for a new vision?
- What does nationality mean in a homogenized world in which multinational chain corporations are on every street corner in every corner of the globe?
- How have our definitions of place been altered by the technologies we use every day?
“MIND THE GAP” investigates the possibilities of contemporary art practices to shed light on and affect the political and socio-economic forces at work on local and global levels.
- Alexia Mellor, The WRMC Collaborative, USA