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Dear friends,
if you are free & in Berlin this wednesday the 11th, drop by the exhibition opening of "Istanbul Next wave" & the exhibition "Pictorial mappings of Islam and Modernity" at Martin Gropius Bau (http://www.adk.de/).
We are showing an installation there; "Atlas", a Warburg´esq moving image map on different paths to Modernity embracing the intertwinings of oriental and occidental strings of thought and modes of expression – a meditation on the reciprocity of iconisation and iconoclasm.
We would be happy to see you there - Opening at 7 pm, Martin-Gropius-Bau Niederkirchnerstraße 7, Berlin Mitte
All the best
Kaya & Mikala

More about the work:
(Excerpts)
DE: “Atlas” ist eine fortlaufende Bildrecherche ikonischer Zitate von der Kaaba in Mekka bis zum Schwarzen Quadrat von Malewitsch, von den Fluchtlinien der Zentralperspektive zu den geschwungenen Linien türkisch-arabischer Kalligrafie. Eine Meditation über das Spannungsverhältnis von Ikonisierung und Ikonoklasmus, dem zentralen Momentum der “Moderne”, mit dem sich auch außereuropäische Bildkulturen seit jeher beschäftigt haben.
Eine kubische Videoinstallation präsentiert vier Bildkataloge von jeweils 64 Abbildungen zu den Themen Ornamentik, Ikonoklasmen, Projektionen und Inszenierungen des Blicks aus rund fünfhundert Jahren Kulturgeschichte auf vier Projektionsflächen. Hier finden sich Bilder aus den verschiedenen Archiven Istanbuls und Ikonen der westlichen Kunstgeschichte neben (Selbst)Inszenierungen zeitgenössischer türkischer Künstlerinnen und Künstler sowie visuellen Fundstücken aus verschiedenen Quellen in thematischen Bildteppichen über- und nebeneinander geordnet.

In Anlehnung an den legendären Bildatlas “Mnemosyne” von Aby Warburg bietet die Installation in ihrer sich kontinuierlich neu konstituierenden Bilderflut eine Perspektive auf west-östliche Bildgeschichte(n) und Geschichtskonstruktionen, die mögliche und assoziative Relationen aufzeigt und das Konzept “Moderne” als einen nicht linearen, wechselseitigen und andauernden Prozess beschreibt.

English:
“Atlas” is a progressing image research of iconic quotes ranging from the Kaaba in Mecca to Malevichs' Black Square, from the alignment of the Central perspective to the vaulting lines of Turkish-Arab Calligraphy, a meditation on the reciprocity of iconisation and iconoclasm the central momentum of “modernity” and a subject of non-European cultures for centuries beforehand.
A cubic video installation presents 4 image catalogues ordered in the subdivisions “Ornament”, “Iconoclasm”, “Projections” and “Perspectives” derived from 500 years of cultural history on 4 projected canvases.
Images from Istanbul Archives and icons of Western art history are placed alongside (self)stagings of contemporary Turkish artists and visual findings from various sources and interwoven in the thematic image-carpets.

Inspired by the Image atlas Mnemosyne by Aby Warburg the continuously changing Imageflow of the installation offers a perspective on East-Western Image(his)stories and history constructions that renders visible potential and associative relations while grasping the concept of modernity as a non-linear, reciprocal and continuous process.

More About the exhibitions:
http://www.adk.de/istanbul_next_wave/
http://www.adk.de/istanbul_next_wave/Englisch.html
and
Die Berliner Festspiele zeigen im Martin-Gropius-Bau mit der Ausstellung „Taswir – Islamische Bildwelten und Moderne“ eine aktuelle Sicht auf Ausdrucksformen islamisch geprägter Bildwelten. Die Ausstellung ist nach drei großen Themen strukturiert: Kalligraphie, Ornament und Miniatur. Sie stellt die klassischen Exponate islamischer Kunst in ein Bezugsfeld moderner und zeitgenössischer Positionen in Graphik, Zeichnung und Malerei, Fotografie, Video-Kunst, Installation, Klang und Skulptur.

“Taswir – Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity” is an exhibition mounted by the Berliner Festspiele in the Martin-Gropius-Bau that takes a contemporary look at Islamic forms of visual expression. The exhibition focuses on three major themes: Calligraphy, Ornament and Miniatures. It places specimens of classical Islamic art in the context of modern and contemporary output in the fields of graphics, drawing, painting, photography, video art, installation, sound and sculpture.

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