A Showcased City Calls for Transformative Art-spaces

By Eser Yagci.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The year 2010 starts a special term for Istanbul to present its cultural diversities through ‘European Capital of Culture’ title. In this process, new relations are supposed to be constructed between the arts and the public interest by progressive visions. The signs that provide aesthetic reflections are recognized upon the urban built environment. The tendencies in the individual or collective use of urban public spaces reconstruct the urban culture through spatial conditions. Yet the city and its inhabitants change rapidly, the symbiosis of art and space in this usage becomes more essential. This study seeks to interrogate the current relations between the social facts, urban developments and the role of art organizations whereby the potentials will become more visible as well as the privations of autonomous constructions as urban based arts in Istanbul. Likewise the current sovereignty of theory and practices of inter-disciplinary concepts on cities, the use of architectonics as art contents in participatory projects develop integrative approaches for reconstructions. The permission to make art on Istanbul may illuminate people from all levels of society and terminate the spatial fragmentations mirroring the social fragmentations.

Keywords: Istanbul 2010, Art Organizations, Architectonics, Participatory Arts, European Identity

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.327-336. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.866MB).

Eser Yagci

PhD Student, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul, Turkey

Eser Yagci, hold her barchelor degree in architecture in Istanbul (2002), master degree in theory of architecture in Ankara(2005) with the dissertation on “The Fashion Fact in Architecture: The Impact of Fashion Tendencies in Capitalist Societies”. Worked as an architect of 2 different companies.In 2006,she started to work as a research assistant at Halic University and started her doctoral studies about design problematiques and semiotics in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Since Sept. 2008, Doctoral researches at University of Portsmouth,U.K. Contributed 20 th International Building and Life Congress with the subject of paper: “The Power Struggle of the ‘Marginal’: The Postmodern Aspect of the Recent Residential Structures in Istanbul”; And,”The Revival of Anarchism in Culture: The Radical Architectonic Representations “ submitted for LIVENARCH IV “(RE/DE) Construction in Architecture” was scheduled for publication and presentation.


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