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An Exhibition on Architecture: ALANistanbul

An Exhibition on Architecture: ALANistanbul

What if architecture becomes the topic of an exhibition? What would be the intersection and alienation points of architecture and art; where art intersects with architecture and deviates from being and art? What can be said on contemporary art over architecture? Are there any possibilities for Architecture to be the art?

On September 2, 2010, ALANistanbul hosted a reception for the opening of An Exhibition on Architecture, which explored the intersection of architecture and art.  The question, "Can architecture be art?" was posed and points of contact between the two subjects were investigated.

The exhibition was held on the fourth floor in ALANistanbul, followed by a reception on the terrace.  Sangria was offered, a DJ mixed tunes, and the Istanbul skyline (with a view of the Golden Horn and Galata Tower) offered a brilliant canvas of colors as the day ended and the evening was greeted.

An Exhibition on Architecture touches this controversial subject, the intersection of architecture and art, with total 7 works by 2 artists focusing on architectural and spatial denotations with 5 architecture and art collectives. Such architects and artists working or formerly employed in the field of architecture comprise of individuals who practiced at theoretical, artistic and professional fields regarding the relationship between architecture and art. Each group and artist exhibit their works specifically created for exhibition hall of ALANİstanbul as per their respective experiences. The works develop an insight for each work of another wording on the relation of architecture and art, occasionally problematic and controversial and occasionally complementary and nourishing.

(f)Flat Architects // Muge Belek, Frederico Fiahlo
Salon 2 // C. Alper Derinbogaz, Nil Aynali, Enise Burcu Karacizmeli
Superpool // Selva Gurdogan, Gregers Tang Thomsen
Zemin // Nesli Kayali, Fatma Olgac, Cagdas Ozcanli
Gul & Arzu // Gul Cagin, Arzu Arda Kosar
Metehan Ozcan
Rowan Mersh

Curator // Efe Korkut Kurt

The exhibition runs until September 24, 2010 at ALANistanbul, Galip Dede Caddesi No:24/11 Kat:4 Tünel - Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey.

ALANistanbul Terrace Galata Tower view from ALANistanbul

Details of Three Selected Works//

Denizli Municipality Headquarters//
Selva Gurdogan, Gregers Tang Thomsen

"The landscape of the Denizli Municipality Headquarters is designed as a series of public meeting spaces. In this landscape of urban interaction, the role of the building is to define a zone of enclosures; the main entrance, foyer, city parliament, auditorium, exhibition hall, and library.

These spaces of public representation are the ornaments of the building, which is intentionally kept simple in mass; a 20 m wide bar optimized for office environments with natural light.

Thus the proposal is an attempt to create monumentality not through architectural detailing but through programming and exposure of the 'ground' level; the most accessible therefor important part of any building. The aim is incorporating the life of the city's most vital plaza with its most vital function, self-governing."

Denizli Municpality Headquarters, Superpool Denizli Municpality Headquarters, Superpool

Disjointed City//
Gul & Arzu
Gul Cagin, Arzu Arda Kosar

"In his book 'The Vatican to Vegas: The History of Special Effects' Norman Klein talks about scripted spaces where, much like an interactive computer game, the consumer acts out the illusion of free will in carefully designed environments such as churches, casinos, malls, theme parks and gated communities that resemble heaven on earth.  Half a century ago Guy Debord described psychogeography as "the study of the precise effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behaviors of individuals."

The installation Disjointed City explores the reciprocal interaction between the urban environment and its inhabitants, the body and the city, how they effect, define and at times become each other. This fragmented cityscape juxtaposes depictions of modern apartment buildings rising above squatter shacks built overnight with abstract elements reminiscent of a moon/head/sledgehammer, describing a psychological space that is diverse, contradictory and in a constant state of flux."


Spaces in Repose//
Metehan Ozcan

Selected quotation for the works description:

"Locations that have become independent of their inhabitants do not interpret  this new situation as an 'invasion' or a 'trespassing.' Now there are no privacies, no curtains to be closed, nor doors that must be kept locked. They are not afraid of joining their bodies with the moss; they are not wary of having water circulate within them; losing their body parts does not frighten them. Because there is no boundary and no memory left to protect or defend. Because what is happening is a becoming -  it is the desire to awaken to a strange tongue, a voice that is not one's own. Because they are aware that they have to erase and rewrite themselves in order to survive."
- Umut Sumnu

Spaces in Repose, ALAN Istanbul

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