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25 August 2019 - 8 September 2019
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Objective: This workshop aims to design a three-dimensional work which is planned to be placed at Nesin Art Village with the collaboration of the photography workshop led by Murat Germen & Onur Özen and miniature workshop which is run by Cansu Çakar. Miniature as an alternative to two-dimensional representation of photography and photography as an alternative to the unique perspective structure of miniatures will be explored and compared and thus create a discussion platform for participants on different ways of seeing.

 

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Nesin Art Village Photography Workshop: Re-dimensioning photography - Murat Germen / Onur Özen

Photography is in fact a visual creation space where you can express things in a two-dimensional form. Photography is already a powerful visual language; it is a medium where one can work with both documentation and fictional content, also it can be based on pure aesthetics or can create works which carry strong messages. On the other hand; It is important to note that photography printing has a two dimensional uniformity (homogeneity) and various layering technics and three-dimensionality actions might cause an extra narrative which might lead to new interpretations of the work.

This workshop can be seen as a process of introducing alternative forms of expression and perceptions to the self-proclaimed representation of photography. We will try to see if adding layers / dimensions to the photographic representation does have an impact to enhance, diversify or improve the viewer's perception. During this process, similar to the previous photo- book workshop which took place 2 years ago at Nesin Art Village, there will be a documentation of different experiences and various learning processes at Nesin villages. The participants will be steered towards subjects which they are personally interested in. Upon finishing photographic practical exercises the outcomes will be printed and the three-dimensional, sculptural large photo installations will be produced collaboratively. The collective production built in the village will help the participants the chance to leave a permanent work after the end of the workshop.

Upon printing the photographs together we will create a sculptural work or an installation produced collectively. The reason to create this work is:

 

- To create photographic series and sequences with a narrative potential.

  • To raise awareness on the power of subjective and objective narration / expression of the photographic image;
  • To learn the fact that photographs are not singular “lovely” images but they are a series of personal projects in which we record our common cultural history
  • To remember the crucial bond between the early literature and theoretical discourse on photography and to use it as a reference, an example or inspiration while creating contemporary photographic works and to produce a content truly authentic without falling into the trap of popular visual languages

- To create a unique work by introducing a different existence to the inner structure of photography, which is a reproducible medium.

  • And lastly, to leave a work which you feel confident about to your own personal history.

 

There is no pre-defined skills needed for this workshop; anyone who wants to question himself / herself by using photography as a means of expression can partake in this workshop. Participation from different age groups and professions will enrich the discussions. The aim is to create a platform where we can collaboratively generate content rather than a one-way transfer of knowledge, an atmosphere of debate based on constructive criticism where together we unite our individual abilities with our collective skills.

 

Requirements:

- A camera if possible or at least a smartphone with a camera.

-We recommend the participants to bring their own laptops with them.

-To construct to photographic installation a printer, papers, cardboards, wooden construction sticks, utility knives, plenty of glue, silicone gun, strong double-sided tape (red tape) hammer, nails, pins, stapler, rope, etc.

 

Miniature, In Focus- Cansu Çakar

 

Miniatures which we usually encounter in book arts is the art of painting applied on paper with water-based paint and brush. The visual design of information is shaped by its own characteristic perspective and dimensioning techniques. It is constructed by placing the shapes which are in the foreground on in the lower part of the paper and the ones at the background situated in the upper part, in so doing the compositions are read according to their place in the hierarchy of information, from the bottom to the top. One of the most important features of miniatures is that the miniatures cover the subject matter completely and narrate the story fully without any deficiency. Additionally, the practitioner’s personal interpretation and the understanding of abstraction shapes the authentic forms and images of miniature art. As the pages unfold, information and images begin to emerge.

 

There is a harmony between the paper which is the basic material of Miniature Art and the abstraction technique of the designed information. Also in nature surfaces can be folded like the papers and can create an infinite number of forms. Each layer is folded on itself and can unfold and reveal other layers. Folding techniques are widely used in book arts. Each of the layers in a book consists of knowledge, and the manifold layers create a new form with new things, images, emotions and thoughts.

 

Exercises planned for the workshops are as follows :

  • Application of water-based paint and exercises with brushes
  • Information design and graphic abstraction techniques

-  Changing the perception of two dimensional representation technique on paper by folding and unfolding the paper and hence creating three-dimensional narratives.

  • Looking at relevant case studies of different artists in miniature, in relation to their abstraction and folding techniques.

 

 

Fee: Program fee is 2505 TL for dormitories and 1905 TL for tents including four meals, accommodation, courses and all basic needs. Excursions are not included.

 

Availability: 30 people.

 

For questions: Aycan Şahin (aycansahin@nesinvakfi.org)Application: Click here for the application form. Applications are assesed regularly and the results are sent by email.

 

Registration: Your application result will be sent via email within 15 days of your application. All transactions related to your payment and registration will be processed after your application has been approved.

 

For further information:  http://www.nesinkoyleri.org/etkinlik-detay.php?egitimkod=343

 

PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK WORKSHOP

 

We have many issues to discuss; personal, cultural, political, global…

 

This workshop has the main objective of finding an answer to a significant question: “What is your problem with life, what are your obsession(s), reverie(s)?” The answers may / should vary for each person! What you hate / love the most, a social or a political fact that irritates you, a childhood memory, a moment you cannot forget… It can be anything that makes you say “This is worth talking about!” in life; certainly if it is a personal inner matter, it will increase your passion to work on it.

After long discussions, confessions and disclosure meetings which is a kind of therapy session, you’ll decide on a personal theme to work with and this theme is expected to increase the self-awareness of the participant. Then we're going to go out, take photographs, to find a ground to work on for your story. This idle walkabout can be done in groups or solo, it is completely the participants’ decision.

Upon printing the photographs together we will create a sculptural work or an installation collectively. The reason to create this work is:

 

- To create photographic series and sequences with a narrative potential;

  • To raise awareness on the power of subjective and objective narration / expression of the photographic image;
  • To learnt the fact  photographs are not singular cute images but they are a series of personal projects in which we record our common cultural history
  • To remember the crucial bond between the early literature and the theoretical discourse on photography and use it as a reference, example or inspiration while creating contemporary photographic works and to produce a content truly authentic  without falling into the trap of popular visual languages

- To create a unique work by introducing a different existence to the inner structure of photography, which is a reproducible medium.

  • And lastly to leave a work which you feel confident about to your own personal history.
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There is no pre-defined skills needed for this workshop; anyone who wants to question himself / herself by using photography as a means of expression can partake in this workshop. Participation from different age groups and professions will enrich the discussions. The aim is to create a platform where we can collaboratively generate content rather than a oneway transfer of  knowledge and create an atmosphere of debate based on constructive criticism where together we unite our individual abilities with our collective skills.

 

Requirements:

- A camera if possible, or at least a smartphone with a camera.

-We recommend the participants to bring their own laptops with them.

 

 

MINIATURE WORKSHOP

This studio offers an analysis to Eastern "ways of seeing" using the visionary and inspiring traditional methods of miniature making and Eastern imagery. It helps the participants to develop the abilities to convey the perception of the architectural space into two dimensions, depicting what is seen and what is known.

The result of the program is a map of the village which is created by the participants using the miniature techniques and methods.

PROGRAM:

4 hours per day (Including 3x10 min eye and hand resting breaks).

1st day: Brainstorming and sketching on depicting not what you see but what you know. Practicing on simplifying architectural structures and sense of space.

2nd day: Practice on 2 dimensional stylization in architectural perception

3rd day: Practice on 2 dimensional stylization in architectural perception; coloring techniques on paper using watercolor and ink.

4th day: Bushwalking, exploration.
Botanic description in miniature (botanical imagery) : cloud, stone, water, tree drawings and composition (drawings and designing of clouds, stones, water, trees)

5th day: Botanic description in miniature (botanical imagery) : cloud, stone, water, tree drawings and composition (drawings and designing of clouds, stones, water, trees)
coloring techniques on paper using watercolor and ink.

6th day: Botanic description in miniature (botanical imagery) : cloud, stone, water, tree drawings and composition (drawings and designing of clouds, stones, water, trees)
coloring techniques on paper using watercolor and ink.

7th day: Interior design in miniature - stating a distinctive feature according to its function and translating it into drawing

8th day: Interior design in miniature - stating a distinctive feature according to its function and translating it into drawing

9th day: Coloring techniques on paper using watercolor and ink.

10th day: Coloring techniques on paper using watercolor and ink.

11th day: Coloring techniques on paper using watercolor and ink.

Map of Nesin Mathematic/Art/Philosphy Village

Studios

Photobook Dummy Workshop

This workshop has the main objective of finding an answer to a significant question: “What is your problem with life, what are your obsession(s), reverie(s)?” The answer may / should vary from person to person! What you hate / love the most, a social or a political fact that bugs you, a childhood memory, a moment you cannot forget willingly of unwillingly… This can be anything you say “worth to speak!” in life; a personal inner issue will certainly increase the factor of passion.

Miniature Studio

This studio offers an analysis to Eastern "ways of seeing" using the visionary and inspiring traditional methods of miniature making and Eastern imagery. It helps the participants to develop the abilities to transfer the perception of the architectural
Program team

MURAT GERMEN

Murat Germen (b. 1965, lives and works in İstanbul and London) uses photography as his primary artistic expression & research tool. He received his master's degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, and of the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Gold Medal. He teaches photography, art and new media at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Sabancı University, İstanbul.

CANSU ÇAKAR

Cansu Çakar is a miniature artist born in 1988 in Istanbul and currently lives in Izmir and Beirut. She studied at the department of Traditional Turkish Arts at Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Fine Arts

ONUR ÖZEN

In 2011, he graduated from 18 Mart Çanakkale University Painting Department. In 2014, Florence University of the Arts he had classes about photography in Digital Imaging and Visual Arts program. He lives and works in Istanbul.