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Opening Reception, Atalay Yavuz, Protocinema, Istanbul, 2014

Q: What is Protocinema?

A:

Protocinema is a mission driven art organization, 501(c)3. Protocinema was founded in 2011 by Mari Spirito. Protocinema makes site-aware, itinerant exhibitions around the world. Protocinema is based in Istanbul and New York, two cites at the center of their region, with an education program. Protocinema creates opportunities for emerging and established artists from all regions, in cities where their work has yet to have much exposure. Protocinema seeks to open up dialogue and improve mutual understanding between individuals. Protocinema is a transnational organization, free of 'brick and mortar'. Protocinema was named to embody motion and cognition, after a Werner Herzog observation, in which he refers to The Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave paintings as almost "proto-cinema" in style of representation - capturing a sense of movement, "not unlike the futurist paintings of the early 20th century whereby a figure was captured moving through space and time."

Q: Who are we?

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Protocinema Board: Sascha Bauer, Dillon Cohen, Haro Cumbuşyan, Jason Heard and Sheldon La Pierre, Tansa Mermerci Ekşioğlu, Renaud Proch

Protocinema Advisors: Defne Ayas, Elif Bayoglu, Tamara Corm, Koray Duman, Anne Ellegood, Kate Fowle, Lia Gangitano, Rose Lord, Öykü Özsoy, November Paynter, Tuçe Peksayar, Başak Şenova, Esra Sertoğlu.

Proto5533 Curators: Naz Cuguoğlu, Kevser Güler, Mehmet Kahraman, Ghaith Mofeed,Nicole O'Rourke, Ilhan Ozan, Ulya Soley.

Proto5533 Mentor Curators: Celenk Bafra, Curator, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul; Anne Ellegood, Senior Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Övül Durmusoğlu, Independent Curator Berlin/Istanbul; Anthony Huberman, Chief Curator, Wattis ICA, San Francisco; November Paynter, Associate Director of Research and Programs, SALT; Mari Spirito, Director, Protocinema, Istanbul/New York; François Quintin,Director Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris; Yasmil Raymond, Associate Curator, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Protocinema Teams:

2014
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Charles Arsène-Henry, Tristan Bera, Catherine Robbe-Grillet: Merve Elveren, Ghaith Mofeed, Robbie Valentine, RVL Projects, Ilhan Ozan, Batu Tezyüksel, Alvaro Fernandez Pulpeiro, Christopher Johnson, Cédric Moullier, Elliot Rogosin, Selvi May Akyildiz, Nicole O'Rourke, Burcak Konukman, Lara Ögel, Baris Oktem, Zeynep Berik, Sudents from Bilgi University and Sabancı University.

Emre Hüner: Robbie Valentine, RLV Projects, Supriya Bajaj, Merve Akyel, Aparajita Jain, Diana Campbell Betancourt

2013
Köken Ergun: Merve Elveren, Elizabeth Baribeau, Ateş Ucul, Ernesto Burgos, Aaron Raymer, Özge Ersoy, John Marder and Michael Hornsby/Flint, Jack Young, John Berens, Matt Cianfrani

Trevor Paglen: Özgür Demirci, Elizabeth Baribeau, Baris Oktem, Michael Hornsby/Flint, Merve Akyel, Ayça Odabasi, Merve Akyel

Can Altay: Elizabeth Baribeau, Gavin Kroeber, Ross McDonnell, Ateş Ucul, John Marder and Michael Hornsby/Flint, John Berens, Matt Cianfrani

Jacob Kassay: Elizabeth Baribeau, Gökhan Pamukçu, Sein Turam, Ayça Odabasi, Batu Tezyüksel, Merve Unsal

2012
Gerard Byrne - with Itinerant/Rose Lord: Elizabeth Baribeau, Ernesto Burgos, Aaron Raymer, Jack Young, John Berens

Brian O'Connell: Elizabeth Baribeau, Sein Turam, Merve Unsal, Sabancı Üniversitesi, Istanbul Students: Buse Altıparmak; Yunus Emre; Özge Karagöz; Çağatay Tuna Özkan; Mert Üngör; Nil Şimşek; Efe Özmen

Ahmet Ögüt - with Itinerant/Rose Lord: Ernesto Burgos, Aaron Raymer, Jim Troxel, Merve Unsal, Jack Young, John Berens

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Tristan Bera: Batu Tezyüksel, Didem Erk, Elif Akçay

2011

Dan Graham: Ceren Kilic, Ozgur Atlagan, Augustin 'Gusti' Biba, Baris Oktem

Mario Garcia Torres - with Itinerant/Rose Lord: Ernesto Burgos, Aaron Raymer, John Berens, Jim Troxel, Jack Young

Mari Spirito is the Founding Director of Protocinema, a mission driven art organization, realizing transnational, site-aware exhibitions around the world. Protocinema recently presented 'Diner Noire', with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Tristan Bera in Istanbul; early work by Gerard Byrne in a former Chinese deli in New York; and new work by Ahmet Ögüt in New York in partnership with Itinerant. Spirito served as an Advisor to the 2nd Mardin Biennial, Turkey, 2012. Prior to founding Protocinema, she was Director of 303 Gallery in New York for 12 years, where she worked on large-scale, site-specific works by Mike Nelson and Doug Aitken. She holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. Spirito is a Consultant for Art Basel's Conversation and Salons, and is on the boards of Participant Inc. and New Art Dealers Alliance in New York; and Collectorspace in Istanbul. Protocinema.org