If you don’t like visiting virtual museums or galleries nowadays, you are not alone.

Very first days of Covid-19 outbreak, almost every cultural heritage institution rushed to publish their collections online, organise online exhibition openings and establish virtual guided tours. When all this “virtual insanity” started in mid-May, it seemed like everyone was excited, except me. Don’t get me wrong, I am an ultimate lover of museums by all means. I love it too much that I am writing a PhD thesis about digital technologies and cultural heritage. Then why it is not the museums and their collections online?

What is missing?

When I first started my PhD, I was eager to research digital tools in cultural…


HOW DID I BECOME A DIGITAL CURATOR?

Photo Credit: Giu Vicente / Unsplash

My heart breaks every time someone says museums are boring because I think exhibitions can be a powerful melting pot for cultural heritage assets with the help of technology and the touch of design. I trained as a designer and then specialised in curation and exhibition studies before I became a research assistant in the computer science field. This is a story of my interdisciplinary research about the curation of a centralised database as a colla- borative online platform dedicated to cultural heritage with a hope to create unforgettable (but also meaningful) experiences through exhibitions.

Digital technologies provide powerful and…


Frida Kahlo Müzesi sanal turundan bir görüntü

Sergiler, kültür kurumları tarafından genellikle yıllar boyu planlanarak küratöryel pratiğin bir çıktısı olarak halka sunulur. Mart 2020'de yaşanan olağanüstü durum, aniden bu son adımın fiziksel olarak gerçekleşmesini engelleyerek izleyicilerin evlerinde kalmasına neden oldu. Fakat aynı zamanda bir itici güç olarak, birçok kültür kurumunu dijital koleksiyonlarını tanıtmak ve sergilerinin sanal turlarını oluşturmak için harekete geçirdi. Dijital mecrada çalışan bir küratör olarak, yıllardır hazırlandığımız dijital değişime tanık olma zamanının bu an olabileceğini düşündüğüm için başta çok heyecanlandım. Gülünç derecede düşük kaliteli görüntü çözünürlüklerinden kötü ağ hatalarının arasında dolaşarak birçok dijital sergi gezdim; şaşırtıcı olmayan bir şekilde sonuçlar cesaret verici değildi. Güçlü teknolojilere…


Photo: Edwina Hay, Pioneer Works

Taeyoon Choi is an artist, educator, and activist based in New York and Seoul. His art practice involves performances, electronics, drawings, and installations that form the basis for storytelling in public spaces. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and co-founded the School for Poetic Computation, where he continues to organise sessions and teach classes. We talked to him about his school, his teaching methods, and his project titled School for Poetic Computation: Archive, exhibited as a part of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial — A School of Schools.

Tuğçe Karataş: Can you briefly tell us…


Credits: Emelie Röndahl’ personal archive

Emelie Röndahl is a weaving artist based in Gothenburg, Sweden. She works specifically with the weaving technique rya, also known as the Ghiordes knot or the Turkish knot. Her project, Google Weaving Stop-time, exhibited as a part of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial — A School of Schools, connects weavers around the Mediterranean area and encourages them to learn from each other through a shared woven assignment led through the internet and transformed into hand-labour. We talked to Emelie about her project, her relation to craft and the challenges of managing an online community.

Tuğçe Karataş: What is your relationship…


Credit: Camilo Oliveira’s personal archive.

How can you learn from your digital avatar? An I: Talking to My Digital Self, a project by Camilo Oliveira, generates a digital self of you that studies all your thoughts and experiences, talks to you and helps you learn from you. The project is exhibited as a part of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial — A School of Schools.

Trained in architecture in Brazil, Design Academy Eindhoven MA Social Design graduate Oliveira combines artificial intelligence and design research to question how our sense of self is influenced by the technological developments around us. By looking at the difference between…


Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz

Founded by Andrea Anner and Thibault Brevet, AATB studio conceives, develops and produces workshops, objects and installations. Investigating the potential of robotics to exist outside the realm of factory floors, the studio operates at the intersection of art, design and technology.

As part of 4th Istanbul Design Biennial — A School of Schools, the installation by AATB titled EYESS ISStanbul is placed atop the Scales Schools Satellite Venue, The Marmara Pera*. The installation tracks down the movements of the International Space Station (ISS) while producing a locally induced global online map. The duo invites audiences to join a website where…


No More Sleep, No More. Project: Danilo Correale. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz.

The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial’s Time School was in part born out of research from Z33 — House for contemporary art’s Studio Time research cluster. Delving into concepts such as hyper-speed, deep time, expansion of time, the Time School explores strategies and models to create this time of attention, where you can discuss, reflect, or make together without the pressure of “productivity”. …


Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz

Hannes Bernard and Guido Giglio have been collaborating since 2012 on interdisciplinary projects that merge research and design. Giglio is an architect from Brazil and Bernard is a graphic designer from South Africa; both graduated from the Sandberg Institute’s Design Master programme. Based between Amsterdam, Cape Town and São Paulo, they collaborate under the moniker of SulSolSal, which means “South, Sun, and Salt” in Portuguese. Their projects combine cultural, historical and economic research to create communal spaces, publications, video installations and food performance as a means of investigating the complex relationships between design, economy & society. SulSolSal will participate in…


Credits: Nur Horsanalı’s personal archive.

Nur Horsanalı graduated from the Industrial Product Design Department of Istanbul Bilgi University in 2017 and is currently doing her master’s in Product and Spatial Design Department at Aalto University, Finland. During her studies in Istanbul, she observed how, on the streets, problems were solved in an impulsive way. She describes it as “when there is a need, objects are fixed, adapted or modified, built; and things are solved.” This attitude, which is referred to in Turkish as “halletmek” — a word used commonly in daily life that can refer to solve, to take care of, to deal with, to…

TUGCE KARATAS

Curator/Design historian/Researcher. Digital + Culture http://www.tugcekaratas.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/karatastugce/

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