[ISEA2011] Panel: Murat Ger­men – Dig­i­tal Pho­tog­ra­phy: Ex­panded Cre­ativ­ity and Vi­sion

Panel Statement

Panel: The Big Bang of Electronic Art: Merging Abstraction and Representation in the Age of Digital Imaging

Pho­tog­ra­phy is one of the cre­ative fields in which tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances in­flu­ence artis­tic ex­pres­sion the most. The ease of ma­nip­u­la­tion brought by soft­ware and extra fea­tures avail­able in cam­eras made artists (using pho­tog­ra­phy as an ar­tic­u­la­tion tool) re­con­sider their vi­sions, themes, nar­ra­tion, syn­tax and ways of shar­ing their art­work. Shar­ing sites like Flickr, which ex­pe­dite en­coun­ters of var­i­ous in­di­vid­u­als from dif­fer­ent cul­tures, help in chang­ing the per­cep­tion of the vital no­tion of time and en­able artists to get faster feed­back. Dig­i­tal tools allow pho­to­graph­i­cally based artists to think in a more dar­ing and free way. In ad­di­tion to the reg­u­lar mon­tage and col­lage meth­ods re­main­ing from the ana­log days, dig­i­tal imag­ing tech­niques allow artists to work with no­tions of aug­mented per­cep­tion, chronopho­tog­ra­phy, sub­real en­coun­ters, pic­to­ri­al­ism, palimpsest-like su­per­im­po­si­tion, in­ter­lac­ing, sim­pli­fi­ca­tion / min­i­miza­tion, cre­ation of new worlds, delu­sion, syn­thetic re­al­ism/ar­ti­fi­cial­ity, ap­pro­pri­a­tion. Just as pho­tog­ra­phy with its in­no­v­a­tive re­al­ism changed the na­ture of paint­ing, so dig­i­tal image cap­ture and com­pu­ta­tional cre­ative processes are chang­ing the re­la­tion­ships be­tween pre­vi­ous tra­di­tional art media and di­rectly in­flu­ence our frame­works for in­ter­pret­ing new media works. In my work, I begin by tak­ing dig­i­tal pho­tographs, ma­nip­u­late them on the com­puter, cre­ate tra­di­tional draw­ings based on these works, re-dig­i­tize the works, and then cre­ate geo­met­ric, com­pu­ta­tion­ally based com­po­si­tions that could never have been drawn by hand but re­tain the hand-drawn mark­ing of the orig­i­nal draw­ings. The works are often fur­ther de­vel­oped by adding a time-based el­e­ment to cre­ate com­pu­ta­tional video draw­ings. The final com­bi­na­tions of old and new media, rep­re­sen­ta­tional el­e­ments and math­e­mat­i­cally in­spired ab­strac­tion, and still and time-based ex­plo­rations take ad­van­tage of the new vi­sual re­la­tion­ships and ways of think­ing made pos­si­ble by the com­puter.

  • Murat Ger­men is an artist / ar­chi­tect using pho­tog­ra­phy as an ex­pres­sion / re­search tool. He holds the BS de­gree in city plan­ning from Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­sity of Is­tan­bul (T) and the MArch de­gree from Mass­a­chu­setts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (US), where he was a Ful­bright scholar and re­cip­i­ent of the  AIA Henry Adams Gold Medal for aca­d­e­mic ex­cel­lence.  Cur­rently a pro­fes­sor of pho­tog­ra­phy and mul­ti­me­dia de­sign at Sa­banci Uni­ver­sity in Is­tan­bul, he pre­vi­ously worked for var­i­ous state and pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties in­clud­ing Bilkent, Yeditepe, Is­tan­bul Tech­ni­cal, Yildiz and Bilgi Uni­ver­sity. He has pub­lished ar­ti­cles and photo se­ries on ar­chi­tec­ture / pho­tog­ra­phy / art / dig­i­tal de­sign at var­i­ous mag­a­zines and books, and has pre­sented at sev­eral sem­i­nars, sym­posia and con­fer­ences in­clud­ing SIG­GRAPH, ISEA2009, Mu­ta­mor­pho­sis, To­wards a Sci­ence of Con­scious­ness, CAe 2008-9, CAC2, EVA-Lon­don’08-‘10, eCAADe, AS­CAAD, and ex­hib­ited at over forty inter/na­tional (Turkey, USA, Italy, Ger­many, UK, Mex­ico, Por­tu­gal, Uzbek­istan, Greece, Japan, Rus­sia, Iran, India, France, Canada, Bahrain) ex­hi­bi­tions. Ger­men’s works are in the col­lec­tions Is­tan­bul Mod­ern’s and  Pro­je4L Elgiz Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art (Is­tan­bul), in ad­di­tion to nu­mer­ous pri­vate col­lec­tions.

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