Nature and Archive

Işıl Eğrikavuk
Artistic Research

Seminar, English, 2 SWS, 2 ECTS, 5 places
On Thursdays, 14-16 h, weekly, starts 25.10.2018, Mierendorfstr. 30, room 401

This course will examine what artistic research is and how it can be related to other forms of academic research methods. In contrast to the general view that art is considered as an intuitive practice, many contemporary artists of today use research as methodology in creating their work while dealing with social and artistic issues. This course will look into how contemporary artists and collectives develop their research methods and use research as core of their artistic practice as well as analyzing their work. Students will be required to read certain texts and also develop their own artistic research through the semester.

Işıl Eğrikavuk studied Western literature at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) then went to The School of The Art Institute of Chicago with Koç Foundation scholarship for her MFA in Performance Art. She taught art and media at Istanbul Bilgi University between 2009-2017. She also wrote a weekly column, Güncel Sanat Kafası (High on Contemporary Art) at national newspaper Radikal for three years, where she commented on the intersection of daily news and contemporary art. She currently lives in Berlin and is part of faculty at Universität der Künste (UdK), Media Department. Eğrikavuk is the winner of Turkey’s first contemporary art prize, Full Art Prize in 2012. She is also the first recipient of SPOT Production Fund’s artist grant. She has participated in numerous international exhibitions, residencies, and her work has been published in both local and international journals.

Selected exhibitions and performances:
Pluto’s Kitchen, Block Universe, London (2017), Every Kind of Myth is Written With Care, Propaganda in 21st Century, Lenbachhaus Museum, Munich (2017), Time to Sing a New Song, YAMA, İstanbul (2016), Art of Disagreement, Salt Galata&Ulus, İstanbul& Ankara (2016-2015), Infamous Library, Solo Exhibition, Rampa Gallery, İstanbul (2014), 11th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah (2013), Reverse Corner, Solo exhibition, Egeran Gallery, Istanbul (2013), Change Will Be Terrific, Salt Istanbul (2012), Home Istanbul, Sao Paolo (2012), ISEA-10, Ruhr-Germany (2010), 11th Istanbul Biennial (2009), Endgame, South Korea (2009), The Interview, Solo exhibition, Boots Space St. Louis, USA (2008).