Duygu Nazli Akova / Turkey
Istanbul Kultur University
Cronos, takes a look at the unplanned urbanization, which has been paraded under the guise of “urban renewal”, Istanbul has been undergoing for many years. This unplanned urbanization creates mega cities made out of concrete, by destroying the existing historical and cultural heritage. Today, Istanbul has become a giant construction site where the terrifying reflections of the applied urban politics can be seen through the disappearance of ethnic identities, and the gap in the living conditions of individuals.
Duygu Nazli Akova / Turkey
Istanbul Kultur University
In Greek mythology, during the chaotic times of the first godly beings before the cosmos was formed, Gyes was one of the three sons of Gaia and Uranus who had one hundred arms and fifty heads. The first of this video art trilogy which represents the three giant names of mythology - Gyes (terror) Kottos (anger), Brianos (strength) – is Gyes; present in the world on a major scale, and represented in Turkey, especially in Istanbul as an image through the horrific point urban transformation, changing living spheres and unjust living conditions have reached.
Today, Istanbul has become a giant construction site where the terrifying reflections of the applied urban politics can be seen through the disappearance of ethnic identities, and the gap in the living conditions of individuals. These terrifying images of the new living spaces are part of the utopic world aimed to be created through the process of modernization, turning into the fantastic dystopic hero Gyes, which has the scary potential to take over the world in the future.
Muted Arms, Touched Nature (Armas Mudas, Naturaleza Tocada)
Andres Lombana-Bermudez / USA
Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society
Muted Arms, Touched Nature is a video art piece that builds on the media memories of the Colombian armed conflict that are produced in the battlefield and are archived on the YouTube platform. Remixing short segments from non- professional digital videos recorded by soldiers at the frontlines, this piece offers a reflection on how the natural landscape has been witnessed from the fighters’ point of view. By exalting the visual imagery of Colombian biodiversity that has been captured in these audiovisual records of war, I intend to reflect on the persistence of nature. Despite being disrupted, outraged, and touched by the armed conflict, the natural landscape of Colombia persists. A lyrical soundtrack (a public domain record of Bach's Air Suite in No.3 in D major) accompanies the slow motion of the visuals and provides a sentimental tone to the piece.
Beyond body: multiple
Walesca Timmen Santos / Brazil
Universidade Federal de Santa Maria
Beyond body: multiple is a videoart proposal. A theater stage, where black predominates, the set boundaries of shadow direct the eye only to where the light reaches. The enunciation of the feminine and masculine body affirm the diversity, the multiplicity and the deconstruction of one unique identity. The black background unifies the images and the body becomes multiple.
What Lies Beneath the Stars
Eylul Dogruel / Turkey
August 2016. While attempting to photograph the timeless sight of Milky Way on a calm seashore, planes zips across the sky, lights of the cars travels between bays in distance, and ships cross the horizon. The life of a touristic town is in its height. Further deep, invisible to eye and the camera, echoes a war that ricochets all the way to these shores of Aegean and Mediterranean seas where every day refugees take the next steps of their journeys, risking their lives for a hope of a safer home. “What Lies Beneath the Stars” is, more than anything, about the irony of an artist’s search for beauty and wonder, in a geography of uneasy contrasts.
Rewa Wright and Simon Howden / Australia
University of New South Wales
When we wave at machines, do they also wave back? "All Hands" is a software assemblage that explores this question, arranging a human hand so that it co- emerges on screen with a machinic conspirator it must trace to activate a shifting topology of ambient sound and light. The participant sits in front of a screen showing a minimal real time environment: a fractionally shimmering curtain of light. As they raise their hands above the Leap Motion controller, a multitude of virtual hands appear on the screen, and the participant needs to use a meshwork of sensory skills ( embodied reflexes, micromovements, vision, and proprioception) to track and disentangle.
Parqués y Territorio
Jose Darley Bedoya / Colombia
Universidad de Caldas
Displacement is a natural phenomenon derived from the activity of living things and natural elements such as water, light, sound or wind To be able to give this it is necessary that there is a territory where a set of elements and factors, coalition producing a certain force and, this in turn translates in to a movement, this movement we can also call displacement.
The Chthulu and The FInal Girl
Meredith Drum / USA
Arizona State University
The Chthulu and The Final Girl is an animation about gender and power in horror films. The piece troubles the genres’ normalization of hierarchies of physical and psychological dominance. Rebellion against normative morality, particularly by women, is violently punished in horror, yet it is the final girl who emerges alive and strong at the end. Alongside the cinematic, Donna Haraway's writing also influenced the animation, particularly Haraway’s détournement of the cyborg and the cthulhu. Concerned that the name Anthropocene is ineffective, Haraway prefers the term Capitalocene, which commences with early global markets and trade routed. And as a more expansive and livable term, she posits the Chthulucene. With the later she is overturning, or defiantly misusing, Lovecraft's racists and misogynistic cthulhu to theorize a giant and powerful feminist science and science fiction to re-think, re-tell, re-world our possible future.