Tornavideo (Screwdriver + Video = Screwdrivideo): The world, art and Ankara are changing


World is changing…

Art is changing

So is Ankara…

Thanks to globalization, technology, informatics and the internet, we are close to every corner of the world through just a “click”. The borders are disappearing and the area is expanding. Apart from the artistic dimension of this situation, when we turn back to our life, it is not that easy and colourful in fact, especially for the ones living in big cities and metropolises. We waste our time running from one place to another because of some reasons such as work, school, shopping, social activities and so forth. In addition to affecting our life style, the conditions of this era and its heady speed naturally affect the scope of the current art and its application techniques as well.

The fact that technology, informatics and the Internet is constantly renewing and getting more widespread has also affected the techniques used in art. Thus, multimedia’ has become apparent in the production of art. Art works produced by using computer programmes like Photoshop, digital press on canvas or on different materials, digital pictures, e-mail, video and audio recordings, advertisement ( display poster, billboard, TV, etc.) are among the most widely used practice and presentation techniques. Besides, an interactive expansion via technology and the Internet has had a place in art practices. The aim is to make the audience actively participate in the process of art production by using internet or sometimes by live performances or such activities. By this way, the borders between artists and the audience will be replaced by interaction.

Different from the traditional understanding, presentation and exhibition are not restricted to the galleries any more. All indoor buildings and also outer space like streets, in other words every place which belongs to the public space, is now used for exhibition. This is because in the 21st century, most of us have neither time to spend years in front of a canvas for a painting, nor time to go to a gallery and see an exhibition

Due to the reasons discussed in detail so far, bars/ cafes and such places are among the most convenient places for exhibitions. Among these places, the most convenient one is undoubtedly the “Tamirhane (repair-shop)”. (We are getting tired at school, at work, on streets, we are getting exhausted. Each of us is like a machine; we need a repair-shop/ TAMİRHANE). As for the Tamirhane, it needs an activity that will expand its horizon. It needs – ‘TORNAVIDEO’.

With the Tornavideo activity, it is aimed to bring every sector together whether they are interested in art or not by attracting attention to the video art which is the focus of the contemporary art and also to the exhibitions in public space. By doing this, it is targeted that contemporary art practices will become more popularized and contribute to contemporary art practisers by creating an alternative space to exhibit their work. Besides, our all expectation is to get rid of the prostration by bringing a new insight into art practices in Ankara.

The Curators of the Tornavideo Activity

* TORNAVIDEO : Screwdriver + Video = SCREWDRIVIDEO

Artists: Ferhat Özgür, Gözel Radyo, Hakan Akçura, Maria Sezer, Nezaket Ekici, Ozan Adam and Şinasi Güneş

TORNAVIDEO Video-Art Activity, 15-22 January 2010

Place: Tamirhane, Tunalı Hilmi Cad. Bestekar Sk. 49/A Kavaklıdere-Ankara
Tel: +903124662142

Two “recording videos” of Hakan Akçura in this activity: “Catharsis” and “Rush Hour”

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About omosis

Selected exhibitions, activities: 2013 Artist presentation: "Being in Sweden, being an immigrant, being an artist", Adaevi, Museum of the Princes' Islands, İstanbul, Turkey "Yersiz: Kader Birliği", Mardin, Kızıltepe, Turkey “Ja jag vill leva jag vill dö”, Tegen 2, Stockholm "Vilken tur! Himlen omfamnar oss!" / "What luck! The sky embraces us!" / "Ne şans! Gökyüzü hepimizi sarıyor!" Photography Exhibition, Ideas and Innovation Fair, Stockholm "Milat" Exhibition for Hrant, Getronagan Lisesi'nden Yetişenler Derneği, Harbiye / Rumeli Han C blok 6.Kat - Beyoğlu, İstanbul 2012 Migration Connections Project 2012 Exhibition, Museum of the Princes' Islands, İstanbul, Turkey Edinburgh Middle Eastern Film Festival, Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK Artist Talking and Screening, Agent Ria, Still Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 2011 Ars retorica, Hall the university library of Paris 8 – Saint Denis, France The Exhibition on the 20th Anniversary of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey: Where Fire Has Struck, DEPO Istanbul, Turkey 2010 PAI 2010-2011 in Thebes, Conference Center of Thebes, Greece International Media Arts Festival Videfesta’10: Archive Fever, Goethe Institute, Ankara, Turkey Temps D'Images Portugal 2010 Festival Film Award for Films on Art section "From childhood to police station" Exhibition, Free Expantion Platform, Istanbul, Turkey HEP Iran screening, Sazmanab Project, Tehran, Iran AthensArt 2010 contemporary art exhibition, Athens, Greece PAI 2010 contemporary art exhibition, Samothrace, Greece "Thistles of Sazak" screening and exhibition, 7th Karaburun Festival, Izmir, Turkey Distance Festival, London, UK "Artist Cinema", Art Beijing, China Over trubled water, Tegen 2, Stockholm, Sweden Ankara International Film Festival, "Video: Spaces of Memory", Ankara, Turkey Direct Channell, Canakkale' Turkey !F Istanbul Film Festival 2010 online program: See it yourself (This village)' Istanbul, Turkey HEP Screening, AFA Beijing, China Tornavideo, Tamirhane, Ankara, Turkey 2009 “Projected Visions: 35 years of Turkish video art” exhibition Meeting Europe - Istanbul, Wacken Exhibition Centre, Strasbourg, France HEP (Human Emotion Project) Screening, AFA @ Portuguese Bookshop Gallery, Macau, China co-exhibition "Dirty Story", BM Suma, Istanbul, Turkey HEP (Human Emotion Project) Screening, Caldas-da-Rainha, Portugal HEP Screening, Berlin, Germany "Thistles of Sazak", art performance, Karaburun, Izmir, Turkey "Istanbul-Off-Spaces" co-exhibition, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany co-exhibition "Interzone:Nation", Gallery Galzenica, Zagreb, Croatia HEP Screening, LaSala in Cigunuela, Spain HEP screening, Melbourne, Australia "Varning för klämrisk", Solo Exhibition, Tegen 2, Stockholm, Sweden to Ankara International Film Festival, Ankara, Turkey 2008 1st Int. Roaming Biennial of Tehran, Berlin, Germany "Hög på Golvet" group exhibition at Tegen 2, Stockholm, Sweden 1st Int. Roaming Biennial of Tehran, Istanbul, Turkey International Mail Art Project 2008, Conceptual Continuity Supermarket 2008 Art Fair with Tegen 2, Stockholm, Sweden 2007 "Fear of god" co-exhibition, Hafriyat Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey "Bodrum Film Festival", Bodrum, Mugla, Turkey "Jag, min husses hund" group exhibition, Tegen 2, Stockholm, Sweden "Nightcomers" project in the 10th Biennial of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey Scope NYC [PAM], Scope Art Fair, Lincoln Center, New York, USA 2006 co-exhibition "Labyrint" in Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden Artist's "Sann dialog" ("Real dialogue") contemporary art activity has been started. Stockholm, Sweden Artist sent his videoperformance named as "Öppet brev till Migrationsverket" to Migrationsverket ("Open letter to Sweden Migration Board") 51', Stockholm, Sweden 2004 Artist given his art-object named as "För uppehållsstillstånd" to Migrationsverket ("For residence permission"), Istanbul, Turkey co-exhibition "Bridge from east to west", BBK Karlsruhe, Germany 2003 co-exhibition of AIAP "Hal/iç" with work name the "Difficult sleep". Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey 2002 co-exhibition "Arts Plastiques" in METU Spring Festival at METU Congre Center, Ankara, Turkey co-exhibition "A travel into life" at Kargart, Istanbul, Turkey 2001 "Sometimes when I'm high, I watch TV", video performance screening, Dulcinea, Istanbul, Turkey Artist's "Solitudo" contemporary art activity has been started. A solo contemporary art exhibition with 210 participants: I want my mirrors. Dulcinea Istanbul, Turkey 2000 co-exhibition "Veritas Omnia Vincit", Istanbul, Turkey Artist's "I want my mirrors" contemporary art activity has been started, Istanbul, Turkey 1999 "2th Interbalcanic Symposium of Visual Arts" and co-exhibition, Samotrache/Greece 1998 "...self", solo exhibition. Dulcinea, Istanbul, Turkey co-exhibition "The Other", Istanbul, Turkey 1996 "Citypaintings", solo exhibition. Habitat II/NGO Forum '96 art activities, Istanbul, Turkey Publication of book of poems: "Limpin Bird" (Aksak Kus) (168 page, 81 poem, 81 picture), Istanbul, Turkey 1995 Fourth Biennial of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey co-exhibition "Young Activity/Borders and Beyong", Istanbul, Turkey 1991 Short film maker and director, ("Everything is as it is", 24', 16 mm. Included in TRT's "Young Cinematographers" programme), Istanbul, Turkey

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