Digilogue continues its four year long dream of future by awakening Abdülcanbaz from his 49-year sleep!
Digilogue focuses on how technology effects our lives, creations and what we produce; and how much it triggers our creativity and builds a bridge between a future depicted 50 years ago, today and a future we dream of today through Abdülcanbaz character created by Turhan Selçuk, one of the first futurists of Turkey. Turhan Selçuk is an artist who has shown the necessities of being a free artist in every period and has not given up advocating issues such as human rights, equality and justice. And Abdülcanbaz undoubtedly stands out as the cartoon character he emphasizes most of these identities. With the witty language of Abdülcanbaz; he addresses social issues in a guiding manner that refers to the future. Today when we look back, we can see that he also brought about the ideas that underline the stance allowing one to be both Turkish and Earthling. The vision of Turhan Selçuk, who has gained a unique place in the world art history with his intellectual identity, continues to guide the creative communities of today. While Digilogue is trying to give a new perspective on the technological developments we are experiencing and to make egalitarian rights and information sharing possible for everyone; it also handles the subjects such as artificial intelligence, legal rights granted to it and data ownership in a series of free panels and workshops. The fact that Turhan Selçuk examines the same topics 50 years ago via his cartoon character Abdülcanbaz, an Istanbul gentleman, is not a coincidence but an approach that points out to the very obvious fact that the information brought by the technology can be elevated to a much higher level. Discussing the inner journey of technological developments in Turkey via Abdülcanbaz character, who is identified as an Istanbul gentleman, takes us on a journey through our own socio-political memories.
“The important thing for us was to make the perspective of an artist as significant as Turhan Selçuk visible – and to establish a link between the scientific developments that affected him in 70s Turkey and present day. It was to make people question whether future exists as a time frame or not.” Artistic Director of Digilogue, Lalin Akalan, discribes the project as such and turns Turhan Selçuk’s memorable comic book series into a simulation that makes deductions from today’s humane and technological values with the help of the creative team organized specific to the project; director Onur Şentürk, animation artist Aynur Kazaz and musician Tolga Böyük. One of the most important steps Digilogue takes is to examine the functional as well as the intellectual history of technologic memory in our country and to help it take a better mission in the future.
Abdülcanbaz character is the work of a well-known, beloved and beyond its time brain whose stories can remain futuristic even today. The issues brought up by Turhan Selçuk 50 years ago are hardly among the habits of people in the new era with today’s technology.
The series, which brings the inspiration of the character of Abdülcanbaz to different minds with the readings brought by today’s technology, consists of four movies. Olasılıklar (Possibilities), Bolluk (Abundance), Makine-İnsan (Machine-Man) and main movie, Geleceği Tasarlamak (Designing the Future), which is a combination of other three movies. With this movie series it created, Digilogue questions where future is as a time frame and in which time frame it was created, with the creative power of science fiction genre. It reminds of the responsibility of being a carrier of humanity.
How can we create a renewable technology? How can we protect the nature?
From Abdülcanbaz’s iconic drawings, the images of “a swarm of people pulling the atomic nucleus” and “Abdülcanbaz defending the robot rights on the trial” bring the following questions to our mind; Are we taking science forward, or is science taking us somewhere? Why don’t these technologies developed to protect natural resources lead us to abundance? Only when we keep ourselves one step behind and demand equal rights for all living things, we will be able to create the abundance we dream of on our planet. Join us while we question “abundance” with a journey from the icons of Abdülcanbaz to today’s technology.
That apple coming up in all the religious books and doctrines; is it forbidden or holy? In this story, the teachings of apple keep us one step behind. There is a possibility in which the apple is not involved in the story… What happens when you give up your passions? What does life offer when you abandon concrete ideas? What happens when you forsake the gender discrimination? We surrender to “possibilities” with the dream of a more advanced world and a more advanced world order.
“Ability to manage digital devices remotely by attaching implants to consciousness.” This concept, which has been on the agenda of the science fiction world for years, is made possible with today’s technology. Every new invention brings new beings. Does the passionate association of humanity with the machine signify the signals of a new species? We know the control of electronic devices through the human brain will keep our agendas full for many years; and we follow the machine-man association with excitement.
Why do people deify the concept of the future? Why make it inaccessible when the future is actually in our minds? Is the future a place to be designed? If we want to design the future, shouldn’t we make the initial change in ourselves? While these questions echo in our minds, we are confronted with future stories depicted by Turhan Selçuk. Even if he does not present a world much different than 2019, his humanitarian messages takes us much further. Is it possible for a much more ethical and equal world that is open to sharing? Can we turn into individuals who are not othering? It is time to review our value judgments as we look at what we carry into the future through technology!
Inspired by Abdülcanbaz’s Uzay Kıyıları (Space Coasts), Yıldız Savaşları (Star Wars) and Uzay Katları (Space Floors) series, the series questions the future spoken today; and expresses robot rights that occupy the mind and agenda of humanity right now, questions brought along by issues like data protection and fears and teachings with 3 different animations.
With respect to Turhan Selçuk, who guided us in this story that Digilogue shared with a dream of equal rights for all.
Film by Digilogue
Created by Lalin Akalan
Director: Onur Şentürk
Production Manager: Aynur Kazaz
Animation: Aynur Kazaz
Project Manager: Deniz Akgüllü
Scenario & Script: Lalin Akalan
Script Advisors: Yiğit Bengi, Uygur Yılmaz
Voice Talent: Canan Ergüder
Theme Music + Sound Design: Tolga Böyük