Digital Revolution, the most comprehensive technology exhibition in Turkey, organized at Zorlu Performing Arts Center by Zorlu Holding as the main sponsor and supported by Vestel, brought along a new beginning in the story of digital revolution in Turkey. Held as part of the exhibition and the first event of the eponymous platform, “Digi.logue Panel” was attended by speakers who use the digital realm in various disciplines. Aiming to create an interactive world by taking the tradition of annual panels one step further, Digi.logue gathered the world’s most notable names in digital arts at Zorlu Performing Arts Center on May 6, 2018.
As a platform set out to create a new world that will inspire and encourage digital art enthusiasts, technology fans and people who adopt innovation as a way of life, Digi.logue talked about how innovative and creative digital revolution can become when interacting with art, architecture and fashion, with digital artists. Hosted by Zorlu Performing Arts Center and Zorlu Holding, Digi.logue Panel was presented to the audience in two sessions at Digital Revolution. The first session of the panel hosted personalities who successfully represent our country in the digital scene including wearable technology designer, researcher and curator Birce Özkan who brought technology into fashion and onto the podium; new media artist Refik Anadol who has received many awards including “Microsoft Research” and “Research at Google;” prominent architect, artist and researcher Güvenç Özel who ranked at NASA’s “Mars Colony” architecture contest; architect, artist, researcher and instructor Ebru Kurbak who makes wearable technology artworks by using traditional textile methods such as knitting and embroidery. Michael Tyka, who turns the magical world of proteins into art with metal and glass sculptures, and Theodore Spyropoulos, one of the notable representatives of experimental architecture, also offered tips about the new world order through their career stories and works. The second session of the panel hosted an evaluation of digital revolution and its application in real life by Turkey’s most notable representatives in the digital realm including Hürriyet CEO Çağlar Göğüş, Digiturk IT Deputy Director General Hatice Memigüven, and Sony Pictures’s successful animation director Coşku Turhan.
New Media’s Extraordinary Representative: Refik Anadol
Known by many people interested in digital arts, Refik Anadol is a lecturer at Design Media Arts at UCLA. Having received many awards such as “Microsoft Research” and “Research at Google,” Refik Anadol is a new media artist and researcher who works all around the world with live audiovisual performances and striking architectural installations. Describing himself as a “new media artist,” Anadol uses art and technology in an unprecedented way to build groundbreaking relations between the audience and the space while examining the hybrid areas of the digital and the physical worlds. Anadol’s works include space-based audiovisual installations for projects such as Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall (USA), Hammer Art Museum (USA) and International Digital Arts Biennial Montreal (Canada).
A Turk Selected by NASA: Güvenç Özel
Ranking at NASA’s “Mars Colony” contest, successful architect, artist and researcher Güvenç Özel has participated many events including Istanbul Design Biennial. Facilitating art as a platform to create technological innovations, Özel is an architect, artist and researcher. He is also the Technology Director of IDEAS Master’s Program at UCLA Faculty of Architecture, and is the owner of Ozel Office, an interdisciplinary design company in Los Angeles. An expert in adopting digital technologies to buildings, Özel has many innovative ideas about creating interactive architecture and spaces. Özel’s long-term goal is to create an architecture where people can interact with buildings via sensors and where buildings not people can act according to needs.
A Person of Textile Experiments: Ebru Kurbak
Architect, artist, researcher and lecturer Ebru Kurbak creates artworks of wearable technology by using traditional textile methods such as knitting and embroidery. She frequently uses textile techniques and materials in her works, and is currently working on a project titled “Stitching Worlds.” This international art project, initiated by Kurbak who received a fund from Austrian Science Fund, is carried out in collaboration with University of Applied Arts Vienna. With “Stitching Worlds,” she tries to create an 8-byte computer by using textile materials and techniques. “The Knitted Radio” project she designed a few years back prove that she could design a radio transmitter with knitting.
Carrying Wearable Technology onto the Podium: Birce Özkan
Wearable technology designer, researcher and curator Birce Özkan carries technology into the world of fashion and onto the podium. Her fantastic designs include “compass jacket” that directs the user via an e-compass and installed application, “dress with falling leaves” which has a sensory ability like living organisms, “skirt with flying butterflies,” and “clothes that change based on space and motion.” Graduating from Koç University Department of International Relations, Özkan received her master’s degree at Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design, and continues to move forward in this extraordinary field. Though she is just 27, Özkan also teaches a class on “Interactive Clothing” as a teaching assistant at Parsons.
An Artist Inspired by Protein Molecules: Michael Tyka
Michael Tyka is a biochemist who has been conducting research on the structure and dynamics of protein molecules for a long time. He took an interest in sculpture and art in 2009, and since then, he’s been making sculptures of protein folding to inspire those who wish to know more about these magical molecules. Tyka is one of the founder of ALTSpace, a collective art studio in Seattle. In this workshop where creative people come together, artists both attend workshops and gain experience, and can find a place where they can share their works and ideas and where they can engage in large-scale works that are too big to fit their home. Tyka also creates computer simulation softwares for a project titled “Connectomics” (production and study of comprehensive maps of connections within an organism’s nervous system) at Google. He also carries out artistic projects on artificial nervous systems.
A Notable Representative of Experimental Architecture: Theodore Spyropoulos
Successful architect Theodore Spyropoulos is the director of the Architectural Association’s world-renowned Design Research Lab in London. Spyropoulos is also a co-founder of Minimaforms, the experimental architecture and design studio. Previously working as Visiting Research Assistant at M.I.T’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Spyropoulos is one of the co-founders of Architectural Association’s New Media and Information Research Initiative. Teaching at UPENN, College of Art Innovation Design Engineering Department, and University of Innsbruck, Spyropoulos has been creating experimental architecture and design works since 2002.