Panel: Mind the Gap
Declaration of Sentiments/Gün is a collaboration between Arzu Ozkal and Claudia Costa Pederson. This project draws on the Turkish tradition of women’s social gatherings called “gün” (meaning “day” in Turkish). A gün is a ladies’ gathering for the purposes of conversation, activities and festivities accompanied by the serving of Turkish food. These meetings are informal hubs of social networks, where women come together to share concerns and skills, often generating a micro-economy that involves the collection of gold or money among the members. During ISEA2011 we are bringing together a number of Turkey-based women to start the basis of a cultural-exchange initiative. Guests are selected based on their contributions to contemporary culture in Turkey in a number of fields ranging from journalism, visual arts, music, literature, new media, crafts, and design. This meeting will be documented in a limited edition book to be distributed during the festival. This book will also provide the basis for an online platform bringing Turkish women based in the United States and Europe to the conversation. With this event we hope to springboard the traditions of Turkish women’s cultural production as a basis for extending the spirit of the Gün among networked women.
- Arzu Ozkal questions dogmas, traditions, laws, and patriarchal value systems through videos, public interventions and performances. She is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at San Diego State University, US.
- Claudia Costa Pederson works on histories about the relationship of media with artistic and social energies. She produced radio and video works in collaboration with activists and women artists in the Netherlands and Germany and is currently concluding a doctorate at Cornell University (US) on the work of artists using digital games for social critique.