'Clusters and Crystals: Observing at Point Zero' – SINOPALE 5
The 5th edition of Sinopale – International Sinop Biennial will take place in Sinop, Turkey, from 12 July to 31 August 2014.
Sinopale is an event-driven, process and site oriented biennial. Its experimental character encourages art practices to bring forth new modes of production, experience and circulation between the field of art and daily life, inspired by locality and its place. Sinopale consists of a multitude of events of different formats.
Sinopale brings together art practices in sharing, commonality, difference and knowledge as a space of aesthetic, social and political practices, as well as non-knowledge, which can be seen as the other direction of the same process, which is lived and learning experience of the knowledge of a specific place. By heading both ways, Sinopale is present in the daily life of Sinop.
This edition of Sinopale, curated by T. Melih Gőrgün, Dimitrina Sevova, Emre Zeytinoğlu, Aslı Çetinkaya, Işın Önol and Elke Falat, is dedicated to taking care of minor forms of learning, to supporting alternative community education and providing equal access to art and knowledge produced on site.
'Observing at point zero', Sinopale activates art practices as transversal tools for social change. By modulating the existing context, these practices can productively cast new bridges to reconnect the land-space-town.
Energy is never lost or gained, but only transformed from one form to another. One of the concerns of contemporary physics is how to store energy, since energy has the tendency to change its form and dissipate. The energy of a space perpetuates the affective nature of the substantial reality of the space, as space is a product of energy, and in its turn, space produces energy, back and forth. Observing at Point Zero explores the relation between energy and knowledge within space/place and time.
'Clusters and Crystals' both refer to our immaterial and environmental commons. With ethnographic and archeological enthusiasm, Sinopale explores the material traces of clouds and clusters of knowledge formations and their embodiments and metamorphoses in the local.
The Biennial exhibition takes place in the Sinop Hal (market hall), in the former post-office, the Istanbul Hotel, as well as various alternative venues (antique houses and shops) in the town of Sinop.
Simultaneously parallel events spill out into the entire town of Sinop. Sinopale Film, a program of open-air film screenings (curator's selection, Silvia Maglioni, Graeme Thomson, Oliver Ressler, Carlos Motta, as well as guest screenings: Ars electronica selection, Goethe Akademie Films, British Council selection), Sinopale Documentary, a documentary exhibition 'The Architecture of Red Vienna, 1919-1934', Sinopale Academy, a series of workshops, seminars and artist talks and Sinopale Kids, workshops for children, are open to a broad audience and local communities. Sinopale Summer School hosts this year the academic staff and the students of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Department of Urban and Regional Planning from Istanbul for a two weeks research program within the framework of Creatisity: Sinop Community Based Sustainable Urban Development Project.
Artists participating in the Exhibition 'Clusters and Crystals: Observing at Point Zero': Nezaket Ekici, Ona B., Yann Pocreau, Olivier Hőlzl, Evrim Kavcar, Serkan Taycan, m-a-u-s-e-r (Aslı Serbest & Mona Mahal), Miriam Hamann, Johanna Reiner – Johannes Hoffman, Yasemin Özcan, Aylin Tekiner, Eşref Yıldırım, Pınar Öğrenci, RELAX (chiarenza&hauser& co), Franziska Koch, Daniel Marti, Esther Kempf, Teresa Henriques, Benjamin Egger, Konstantinos Manolakis, Garrett Nelson, Romy Rüegger, Yapı-Sanat Kooperatifi, Markus Hanakam – Roswitha Schuller, Tim Zulauf, Lerna Babikyan, Evie Demetriou.
Artists participating in Sinopale Performance: Annie Vigier, Franck Apertet (Les gens d'uterpans), Jasmyn Fyffe, Burcak Konukman, Hülya Karakaş, Dilek Çipli-Esra Kayıkcı, Renan Koen, Çiğdem Borucu Erdoğan
Artists participating in the Exhibition 'An Ideal Laboratoire: Village Institutes': Ferit Yazıcı, Berrin Yapar Ünal, Semra Güler, Çağın Kaya, Aygün Kırca, Damla Yücebaş, Ayşe Balyemez & Ayşe Kurşuncu, Fulya Asyalı
Sinopale, which is realized with a wide cooperation at the local, national and international level is supported this year by Pro Helvetia, British Council, Goethe Institut, Austrian Cultural Forum, French Cultural Institute, SAHA Association, Sinop Municipality, Sinop Chamber of Architects, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Otel 117, Antik Otel, Arsu Güzel Sanatlar Akademisi, Haber Atőlyesi, Otel Diyojen, Sokak Bizim Derneği, Barış FM, Gőzde FM, Zinos Country, Kahveci Baba, Opet, Aygaz, Kayıkcıoğlu Tic., İstanbul Otel , Osman Karagülle, Fikret Övet, Mehmet Yüksek , Napisin.com, İnternasyonel medya, Foto Ayyıldız, Yılmaz Pansiyon, Simal Matbaa, Craft in City, Onur İnşaat ve Pazarlama, Onurlar MARİN, Onurlar Kollektif Sirketi and many people from Sinop.