santralistanbul, 01 September – 30 November 2007
curated by Basak Senova, NOMAD
The Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, santralistanbul, ZINC – ECM de la Friche Belle de Mai, NOMAD and SCCA.

Involving the transformation of the city’s first power station –Silahtaraga Power Plant- into a cultural and educational center, santralistanbul aims to be a new source of energy for production and distribution of art and knowledge through a program of collaborative and interdisciplinary projects and activities. ‘Light, Illumination & Electricity ’, supported by Anna Lindh Foundation and organized in collaboration with The Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art (Cairo), ZINC – ECM de la Friche Belle de Mai (Marseille), NOMAD (Istanbul) and SCCA (Ljubljana), is the first platform for such collaborative work and will bring artists together from Beirut, Istanbul, Paris, Ljubljana, Cairo, and Leipzig to work together in Istanbul during the entire duration of the project. In the mean time, The Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art hosts an artist from Turkey in Cairo. The project's foundation is based on the vague but inspiring substances of electricity and light. Therefore, the energy museum and this specific site of santralistanbul provide multilayered inputs for an accumulation of ideas and praxis. Accordingly, the residence project involves a series of talks and workshops along with the open studio exhibition.


artists, working at the energy museum

The artists started to work at the energy museum in sync with their work in the residency studios. Most of them process the log of their visit to their works. Istanbul takes a noticeable part of their research. Some of them challenges the limitations of the space as a "preserved museum".

Little Buggers of Carlo Crovato are examples of Photovores. Photovore is a light-eater. Any robot that uses light (rather than batteries) as a source of energy. Little Buggers feed off light. They feed and instantly turn their food energy into sound energy. There is no storage system, no battery. So no light means no sound. The sound intensity is dependent on the light intensity.

credits to Mark Tilden, Ralf Schreiber & the BEAM community.

The Upgrade!Istanbul hosts the artists

On 25th of October, the Upgrade!Istanbul hosted the artists: Artist Presentations: Adham Hafez, Borut Savski, Carlo Cravato, Ceren Oykut, Cevdet Erek, Collective Position (Remy Rivoire, Renaud Vercey and Bruno Voillot), Cynthia Zaven, and Marko Kovacic.

E3 101, 17:30

Sarkis' workshop with the artists

On 22nd and 23rd of October, Sarkis met with the artists. They concentrated on the projects that will be presented at the Energy Museum.

Paolo Rosa's talk

On 16th of October 2007, Paolo Rosa, Studio Azzurro presents "Light and Narration in Sensible Environments".

E1 301 santralistanbul, 17.30 – 19.30

Etienne Rey performance

Attraction, Oscillation, Inframince
Etienne Rey, “Dirigeable” Project

White Studio, 17:30

the project launch

The Light, Illumination, Electricity project launches on 5th of October with talks by Andreas Broeckmann and Jan Peter E.R. Sonntag

E1 301, 17:30
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Every half an hour there are shuttles from Taksim AKM to santralistanbul.

Jan Peter E.R. Sonntag's workshop

Jan Peter E.R. Sonntag conducted a workshop for Istanbul Bilgi University students on
5th of October.

E1 301, 17:30

the programme

Light, Illumination, & Electricity
01 September – 30 November 2007

5 October 2007 , Friday 17.30 – 19.30
Machine Lights – Projected Lights in Contemporary Art
Andreas Broeckmann, TESLA - Laboratory for Arts and Media

Borders & The Infinite – Forming Gas and Electromagnetic Waves
Jan Peter E.R. Sonntag, “sonarc-ion” Project

16 October 2007 , Tuesday 17.30 – 19.30
Attraction, Oscillation, Inframince
Etienne Rey, “Dirigeable” Project

Light and Narration in Sensible Environments
Paolo Rosa, Studio Azzurro

02 November 2007 , Friday 17.30 – 20.00
Art and Knowledge in Balance, Light Art (from Artificial Light)
Gregor Jansen, ZKM Center for Art and Media

Workshops with Children
27 October 2007 , Saturday 10.00 – 12.00 ,14.00 – 16.00
Cyclop , Ceren Oykut

28 October 2007 , Sunday 10.00 – 12.00 ,14.00 – 16.00
Light Travels Through My Body , Aylin Kalem

03 November 2007 , Saturday 10.00 – 12.00, 14.00 – 16.00
Sound Light Work , Carlo Crovato

04 November 2007 , Sunday 10.00 – 13.00 ,14.00 – 17.00
Alternative Flow , Erhan Muratoglu

Sound Light Work
Carlo Crovato
30,31 October, 1,2 November 2007, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10.00 – 17.00

2nd partners meeting

2nd partners meeting in Istanbul was realized on 4th of October 2007. The meeting was designed to talk about the artistic practice of the artists and about the exhibition as the end result of the project. Representatives of The Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, santralistanbul, ZINC – ECM de la Friche Belle de Mai, NOMAD and SCCA attended the meeting.

the residency starts

Artists started to arrive to Istanbul starting from 1st of September 2007. On 4th of September, there is a santralistanbul tour with the resident artists and then there is an orientation meeting for them. santralistanbul sets weekly meetings with Basak Senova for the residency artists for the coming 3 months.

the first meeting with the partners

The first meeting was realized on 14 – 15.12.2006. santralistanbul hosted The Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, santralistanbul, NOMAD and SCCA. The meeting discussed detailed plans relating to the conceptual framework, the selection process of the artists, the working process, and the task division. ZINC – ECM de la Friche Belle de Mai arrived Istanbul a week later to catch up with the developments.