We proudly announce that CONTEMPART '15 / 4th International Contemporary Art Conference will take place on JUNE 8-9, 2015 in Istanbul and will be hosted by Nâzım Hikmet Cultural Center. (www.nazimhikmetkulturmerkezi.org) CONTEMPART '15 is an annual multidisciplinary conference dedicated to study new approaches in contemporary arts worldwide. In 2015, contemporary arts will be focused on the basis of urban life and identities. Individual examples and tendencies dealing with urban identities will be discussed, while the transformation of cities and urban cultures will also be mentioned in terms of their share to shape the current scene of art in different places of the world.
Donald Preziosi (born January 12, 1941) is an American art historian. Professor Preziosi is Emeritus Professor of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles. In August 2007 he became the MacGeorge Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is a past president of the Semiotic Society of America (1985).
In his writing he combines disciplines as diverse as intellectual history, critical theory and museology. His 1998 book The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology is considered 'the most widely used English-language introduction to art history'.
DEPO ISTANBUL's artists will discuss New Approaches in Contemporary Arts during the DAKAM's CONTEMPART Conference. The panel discussion will be moderated by Asena Günal, Program Coordinator of DEPO.
DEPO is a culture and debate center serving as a platform supporting the collaboration of artists, artist collectives, civic and cultural organizations in Turkey, the South Caucasus, the Middle East and the Balkans.
LUDOVIC BERNHARDT (b. 1975) is a French artist, living in Istanbul. His work focuses on the possibility of making images on the basis of pictures floating in the web. Pictures are like empty ghosts, without life. The internet pictures are radically lost inside the world-wide web : they are orphaned without presence. The paintings made on the basis of those images are particularly haunted by those ghosts. Riots, bomb attacks, nation maps, art icons – taken out of the web – are used like a political eruption. The zero degree of image - this bad and very low quality characteristic of the multiplicity of the web world wide – is questioned.