Tuesday, August 17, 2010

SINOPALE 3, Third Sinop Biennale: 'Hidden Memories, Lost Traces'


Workshops: 4th August – 4th September 2010
Opening: 14th August 2010
Exhibitions: 14th August – 4th September 2010

Venues: Historical Sinop Prison, Lonca Kapısı, Dr. Rıza Nur Public City Library, Ülgen Cutter Boat House, Gerze City Theatre, Sinop Science-Art Centre

Curators: T. Melih Görgün, Beral Madra, Vittorio Urbani, Nike Baetzner, Rana Öztürk, Branko Franceshi, Vaari Claffey, Hande Sağlam


Ayhan&Bahar Enşici, Maria Ikonomopoulou, Karena Johnson, Hülya Karakaş, Ludwig Kittinger, Georg Klein, Rean Koen, Sıtkı Kösemen, Ronan McCrea, Anne Metzen, Daniele Pezzi, Jelena Vasiljev, Rhona Byrne, Declan Clarke, Işıl Eğrikavuk, Gülsün Karamustafa, Sean Lynch, Fiona Marron, Bea McMahon, Ferhat Özgür, Maria Papadimitriou, Sarah Pierce, Tayfun Serttaş.

The third edition of Sinopale, International Sinop Biennial is going to be held this year with the conceptual framework “Hidden Memories, Lost Traces”. It has been envisioned for tackling what is visible and invisible in a city in order to apprehend the memory of the city and to identify properly the information related to this habitat so that it can be preserved for future years. The conceptual framework intends to draw attention to what is “told” and “untold” in this geographical location which is a “transit area”.

“In order to hear the hidden narratives of a city, one has to experience the city. The invisible aspects of a city are revealed by the narratives of the city. The sense created by the narratives related to a city is the same with the sense of that city. If one has internalized the sense of a city, s/he projects something relating to his/her home city onto every city that s/he sees or relates, just as in the novel ‘Invisible Cities’ by Italo Calvino.”*

The project aims to deal with the hidden memories and lost traces of the city, thus stimulating memories of the artists as well. The artists who will be given information about the city’s memory pertaining to a period before the world was subjected to the coercive effects of globalisation, will seek ways of revealing memories that were concealed for a long time. The actualization of t he memory by means of arts will perhaps link with the present unexpected singular events, thus allowing new readings of the process of change and actual events that take place in European cities.

Sinopale 3 is a civil society project that aims to enhance development and social transformation through cultural and artistic cooperation and creates a platform for collaboration through workshops, exhibitions and performances. It attempts to make artists, designers, architects, cultural managers, tradesmen, local governors, educators, inhabitants and viewers collaborate at intellectual and operational levels and work in a “participative-interactive” way.

The exhibitions displaying the artworks will be launched at the opening which will take place in the Historical Sinop Prison on the 14th August 2010.

Furthermore, within the scope of Sinopale 3 there will also be; “Gotland Pedagogy Art Seminar” for training art teachers lead by Sonja Tanrısever, art workshops for children, “The Giant Symphony Within Me II” - musical therapy workshop by Renan Koen, Artcitizens’ shop - “A 22 day design shop” (a project that was first realised within the framework of the 11th International Istanbul Biennial parallel events), dance workshop and “Ember” performance by Ziya Azazi, “To Get Lost... Hidden Faces...” – theatre workshop run by Hülya Karakaş in collaboration with Gerze City Theatre, performing arts workshop run by Karena Johnson in collaboration with independent theatres in Sinop, “The Trace of the Voice – Engin Aksan Archive Exhibition” and “Voices” workshop curated by Hande Sağlam, “Sinop’s Forgotten Children’s Games” workshop by Ayhan and Bahar Enşici and the showing of video art selections by Turkish and Irish artists curated by Rana Öztürk and Vaari Claffey. The international forum “Arts and Culture as Catalysers for Urban Development and Social Transformation” is another important event at Sinopale 3.

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