PERMANENT SPRING, DELAYED BLOOM
Protocinema Open Air Screening Tour 2021
Minia Biabiany, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Emre Hüner, Ahmet Öğüt, Deniz Tortum & Kathryn Hamilton
Curated by Asli Seven
Nice, France: Le Narcissio, Friday, June 11, in partnership with Thankyouforcoming, 20:00
Bourges, France: Museum of Natural History, June 18, 16:00
Tbilisi, Georgia, Why Not Gallery, in the park, Saturday, June 26, sunset
Çanakkale, Turkey: sub, Friday, July 23, 20:00
Chios Island, Greece, DEO Projets, August 10, 21:30
Diyarbakır: Loading, Friday, September 3, 21:00
İzmir, Turkey: Darağac, Friday, September 10, 21:00
Antalya, Turkey: ARE Projects, Sunday, September 12, 21:00
Skroda, Albania: Art House, September, exact date to follow
Istanbul, Turkey: Protocinema, September, exact date to follow
Prizen, Kosovo: Lumbardhi, September, exact dates to follow
Additional dates and venues will be announced as they spring up, in line with ever changing conditions.
Protocinema Open Air Screening Tour 2021, titled Permanent Spring, Delayed Bloom, is curated by Asli Seven, of single channel videos by: Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Minia Biabiany, Emre Hüner, Sofia Gallisá Muriente, Ahmet Öğüt, Deniz Tortum & Kathryn Hamilton. Each film in its own unique texture of language, narrative and technique reflects on our severed relationship to land, climate and bios (life) as permeated by narrative and information technologies, along with the entanglement of labor and entertainment in our global extractivist context.
Permanent Spring, Delayed Bloom brings into consideration the collective experience of cinema as the defining feature of the medium: the predefined time of a collective gathering, in the dark, before a projection screen, as the condition for a unique experience of perception and memory shared by an audience. Simultaneously, Permanent Spring, Delayed Bloom reflects on built environments as "scapes" - landscape, cyberscape, mindscape - that mobilize multiple spatial and temporal scales: human, historical, cosmological and microbiological, emphasizing the multiplicity of worlds that coexist, end and begin at any given time. The films in this program all focus on the semiotic agency of tools as sensory, cognitive and physical extensions of humans in fabricating the world we inhabit, and beyond diagnosing the end of our current world; they ask what is to come and what are we to make of all the past worlds that have come to an end?
Permanent Spring, Delayed bloom emphasizes a prolonged interval of time during which the rising tides of new life are met with the resistance of old structures around the artificially upheld idea of permanence, despite the inevitability of the impending outbreak: we are suspended in the hyper-speculative and congested immediate beforemath of a birth.
List of Artists & Artworks, in order of appearance:
Sofia Gallisá Muriente, Asimilar y Destruir II (Assimilate and Destroy II), 2020, 6'35"
Ahmet Öğüt, Worker's Ordinary Day, 2019, 3'18"
Deniz Tortum & Kathryn Hamilton, ARK, 2020, 13'11"
Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Infinite Nectar, 2020, 10'55"
Emre Hüner, The Underwater Dig, 2019, 16'
Minia Biabiany, Pawòl sé van (Words are Wind), 2020, 11'46"
Screening Tour 2021, for out-door socially distanced audiences
In alignment with its goal of expanding dialogue and improving mutual understanding across regions, Protocinema initiated the annual Screening Tour in 2017. The screening will feature an hour of selected single-channel videos that will premiere in Nice in June 2021, and subsequently travel to additional venues internationally over the summer and fall. In an effort to adapt to the extraordinary times, other venues and dates will be rolled out spontaneously throughout the summer, depending on the local weather & COVID-19 regulations.
Protocinema is a cross-cultural, mission-driven art organization, commissioning and presenting site-aware art in Istanbul, New York, and elsewhere. We produce context-specific projects of the highest artistic quality that are accessible to everyone. Protocinema evokes empathy towards an understanding of difference, across regions through exhibitions, educational public programming, and mentorship. Protocinema maintains long-term relationships with artists nurturing sustained growth. Founded by Mari Spirito in 2011, Protocinema is a registered 501(c)3, free of 'brick and mortar', sites vary to respond both to global concerns and changing conditions on the ground. protocinema.org
Protocinema is supported by FfAI - The Foundation for Arts Initiatives; The Cowles Charitable Trust, New Jersey; 601 Artspace, New York.
Sofia Gallisa Muriente (b. 1986 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a visual artist working mainly with video, film, photography and text, mining contemporary cultural institutions and historical sites for evidence of contested and/or contradictory narratives. Muriente earned a BFA in Film at NYU (2008) and participated in experimental pedagogical platforms led by artists, substituting graduate studies with a collaborative process of learning and unlearning. Through multiple approaches to documentation, her work deepens the subjectivity of historical narratives, examining formal and informal archives, popular imaginaries and oral history. Recent group exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial 2019; Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, Queens Museum, New York (2019); Epicas Enanas, Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, (2018); Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, Museum of Latin American Art, part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time LA/LA (2017); Untie to Tie: On Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Societies, ifa Galerie, Berlin (2017). Since 2014 she’s been co-director of Beta-Local, dedicated to fostering knowledge exchange and transdisciplinary practices in Puerto Rico. In 2020 she is a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow (Washington, DC). https://hatoreina.com
Ahmet Öğüt (b. 1981 Silvan, Diyarbakır) lives and works in Amsterdam and Istanbul. Recent solo exhibitions were presented at Kunstverein Dresden, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Chisenhale Gallery, and Van Abbemuseum. Group exhibitions include: In the Presence of Absence, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2020); Zero Gravity at Nam SeMA, Seoul Museum of Art (2019); Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale (2018); the British Art Show 8 (2015-17); the 13th Biennale de Lyon (2015); Performa 13, the Fifth Biennial of Visual Art Performance, New York (2013); the 7th Liverpool Biennial (2012); the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011); the New Museum Triennial, New York (2009); and the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2008). Öğüt has been a guest mentor, guest professor, advisor and research teacher at: The Universität der Künste Berlin; Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht; Sandberg Institute Amsterdam; Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki; TransArts - Transdisziplinäre Kunst, Institut für Bildende und Mediale Kunst Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien; and DAI (Dutch Art Institute). He co-represented Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).
Deniz Tortum (Istanbul, 1989) works in film and new media. His work has screened internationally, including at the Venice Film Festival, SxSW, Sheffield, True/False and Dokufest. He has worked as a research assistant at the MIT Open Documentary Lab, where he focused on virtual reality. In 2017-2018, he was a fellow at Harvard Film Study Center, working on "Phases of Matter", which premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2020. He was recently featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. https://deniztortum.com Kathryn Hamilton is a performance maker based in New York and Istanbul. She is the founder and director of the New York-based company Sister Sylvester and a member of Köşe, an art space in Istanbul. American Theatre Magazine highlighted Sister Sylvester as one of fourteen ‘theatrical plans to change the world’ in 2014. Recent productions include The Maids at Abrons Arts Center; The Fall at The Park Avenue Armory, as part of the Under Construction Series; Dead Behind These Eyes (NYT critic’s pick) at Sing Sing Karaoke; Science Fiction at Köşe. Kathryn has received grants from LMCC, BAC, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and has been a resident at Salem Art Works; San Sebastian European City of Culture; Park Avenue Armory; Flux Factory, Queens; and Spread Art, Detroit, among others. sistersylvester.org/kathrynhamilton
Hera Büyüktaşçıyan locates the figure of the other between the twinned spectres of absence and invisibility in order to weave connections between identity, memory, space and time. She works as a storyteller, integrating metaphors from local myths, historic and iconographic elements of different geographies to open up new narrative scopes. Büyüktaşçıyan was born in Istanbul in 1984, and graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting department in 2006. Past residencies include Delfina Foundation, London (2014); Villa Waldberta, Munich (2012–13); AIR¬Drop, Stockholm (2012); PiST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space, Istanbul (2012); and ACSL, Yerevan (2011). Special site-specific projects include Underneath The Arches, curated by Chiara Pirozzi and Alessandra Troncone, Naples, Italy (2018), followed by the second part of the project From There We Came Out and Saw The Stars, Aqua Augusta, Naples Italy (2018). She was awarded the Emerging Artist Award at the Toronto Biennial of Art 2019. In 2020 Hera Buyuktasciyan participates at the Lahore Biennial 02: between the sun and the moon.
Emre Hüner (born in 1977, Istanbul, Turkey) lives and works in Istanbul and Amsterdam. Hüner has participated in residencies at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam as well as Apexart, New York and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul. He holds a BFA from Academia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milano. Recent solo exhibitions include a Model is not a Map, a Home is not a House, Artpace San Antonio, Texas (2019); Aeolian Processes, sspatz, Karlsruhe, Germany (2018) ; Emre Hüner, Protocinema, New York, USA (2017); Neochronophobiq, STUK, Leuven, Belgium and Hypabyssal, Salsa Seis, Marso, Mexico City, Mexico (2016); Floating Cabin Rider Capsule Reactor Cycle, CCA, Kitakyushu, Japan (2015). His work has been included in group exhibitions including Revolution is Us – La Rivoluzione Siamo Noi, Autostrada Biennial, Prizren, Kosovo (2019); Further Thoughts on Earthly Materials, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg and Let’s Talk About the Weather: Art and Ecology in A Time of Crisis, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou (2018); separation penetrates, Mercer Union, Toronto and Planet 9, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany (2017); 14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2015); Approximately Infinite Universe, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego (2013); Manifesta 9, European Biennale of Contemporary Art, Genk (2012). In early 2020 Emre Huner participates at the Cmd P for 2079 exhibition at Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam and Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee and in September 2020 he presents a solo exhibition at Arter, Istanbul. http://www.emrehuner.com
Minia Biabiany, 1988, lives and works Mexico City and Guadalupe
Minia Biabiany uses the deconstruction of narratives through installations, videos and drawings to build up ephemeral poetics of forms in relation with colonial realities. Her work starts with an investigation on the perception of space and explores the paradigm related to weaving processes and the notion of opacity in visual, oral and written language. She initiated the artistic and pedagogical collective project semillero Caribe in 2016 in Mexico City and continues to explore the deconstruction of narratives with the body and concepts from Caribbean authors with her experimental pedagogical platform Doukou. Recent exhibitions: I Killed The Butterfly In My Ear, Magasin des Horizons, Grenoble (2020); Le Jour des esprits est notre nuit, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch (2019); Manglaria, Museo La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia (2019); We Don’t Need Another Hero, 10th Berlin Biennial (2018); In The Belly of The Whale, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2016). In 2019 she was awarded the Prix Science po pour l’art contemporain (Paris) and in 2018 she was the inaugural winner of Horizn Biennial Award (Berlin). In Spring 2020 she presents her solo exhibition “Musa Nuit” at La Verrière - Fondation Hermès (Brussels). http://www.miniabiabiany.com
Aslı Seven is a curator and writer based between Istanbul and Paris. Her research and projects focus on infrastructural and epistemic forms of violence embodied within landscape and built environment, with an emphasis on fieldwork and collaborative artistic processes. In 2020-21 she was the recipient of the CNAP + Cité des Arts grant and residency program for curators in Paris. In 2019 she completed the practice-based PhD program Document and Contemporary Art at the European School of Visual Studies in France. Since 2015 she has curated solo and group shows at Arter, Bilsart, Galerist and Pi Artworks in Istanbul, and Galerie La Box Bourges and CNAC Magasin Grenoble in France. Between 2012-2014 she worked as artist liaison in Istanbul’s Galeri Mana and between 2015-2018 she was curatorial advisor at large for Galerist, Istanbul. She is a collaborator with ICI (Independent Curators International) and a member of AICA Turkey.