A few old video works

November 1st, 2009

I’ve added high resolution versions of a few older video works to pyromedia web site.

Osseus Labyrint’s Frying Pan Performance is a live recording of the performance duo at New York Downtown Arts Festival in 2000. It is followed by an interview I made with them after their performance at Tompkins Square park.

Horses Under The Sun is an experimental documentary video made at the International Sculpture Symposium at Sefakoy, Cesme, Turkey in 1997. It is about the creative processes of the sculptors participating to the symposium.

an.kara is another experimental documentary; it is a 16 min. video-essay on the urban transformation of the capital city of Turkish Republic, Ankara. I made this video in 1996 with Ersan Ocak.

Enjoy. :) )

Workshop & Public Lecture at Yerevan, Armenia, July 2009

July 20th, 2009

I’ll be conducting a workshop on ethnographic film and new media practices at Yerevan, Armenia, in the context of Utopiana’s ”Visiting the Archive” project, on July 24th-25th this week. Following the workshop, I’ll participate to “Summer Seminars’ For Contemporary Art Curators”, organized by National Association of Art Critics in Yerevan next week. The subject of this years Summer Seminar is “Towards Collaborative Curating: Contemporary Curatorial Education in the Age of the Global Art Market”. I’ll deliver a public lecture in the seminar on Monday July 27th, titled “Post-Fordism, Neo-Liberalism, and Cultural Production”. You can find the whole program here. I’ll be looking forward for both events. Please stop by if you’ll be around.

Still-Life (new version)

April 18th, 2009

I’ve finally had the chance to re-digitize the short experimental video I’ve made in 1999, “Still-Life“. It looks emotionally old, somehow, but now with better resolution. Enjoy!.. :)


UAAC Conference, Toronto , November 6th- 8th 2008

November 4th, 2008

I will make a presentation at the Universities Art Association of Canada Conference at Toronto at a panel brought together by Marc Leger and myself, titled “Creative Labour and Creative Industries”. The session will take place on Friday November 7th at 1:30 pm, at University of Toronto Art Centre, University College, 15 King’s College Circle. Read the rest of this entry »

Video Vortex Conference, Ankara

October 14th, 2008

I’ve been to Video Vortex Conference at Bilkent University in Ankara this weekend. The conference was organized by Bilkent University’s Department of Communication and Design, in cooperation with the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam.  See; http://std.comd.bilkent.edu.tr/videovortex/ and http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/weblog/tag/ankara/
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16 Beaver Group Presentation

March 23rd, 2008

Aras will be presenting Ulus Baker’s “What is Opinion?” DVD at 16 Beaver Group’s meeting this Monday. For us, 16 Beaver Group is one of the most interesting artist collectives working in New York now, we are very happy to be there and we hope to see you too. For details of the event, see the announcement below… Read the rest of this entry »

New redTV DVD out; Ulus Baker – What is Opinion?

February 25th, 2008

New redTV DVD is now out. “What is Opinion?” features an interview/lecture conducted with Ulus Baker in 2001. Ulus Baker, whom we lost in July 2007, was an influential figure in contemporary Turkish political thinking, both as a frequent author in major academic and intellectual periodicals and as a professor of sociology, media and film theory. He was also one of the founders of “korotonomedya”, an autonomist political/artistic collective based in Ankara. In this interview he traces the notion of “opinion” back from its Ancient Greek origins following the major schools of western thought, and criticizes todays “sociology of opinions”.

“We have lived at least one century within the idea of opinion which determined some of the major themes in social sciences… In short, social sciences were designed in terms of opinion; asking people what they think about themselves, their lives, their stories, their issues, their problems. And I believe that social sciences have been transformed into a kind of doxology, but I’m tending rather to oppose this status of sociological research. My problem here is that; sociology is epistemologically -or logically- tending rather to become a general opinion about opinions; of what people are supposed to think about themselves and others. And this a clear distinction from the early emergence of social sciences and social research in general…And, through this, in social sciences, we have lost the ability to create (what we may call) the “life of affects” -an affective life…”

You can watch a streaming video excerpt from the DVD here;

If you want to purchase the DVD, please visit http://www.pyromedia.org/ashes.html

new site design and video distribution section

February 24th, 2008

well… we finally had time to update the pyromedia web site and modify the site structure. from now on, you can find the DVD’s we now start to distribute under “ashes” section. yayyy!!!… Read the rest of this entry »

The Book of St. Ejneb, Sharjah Biennial 2011

September 29th, 2020

A multilingual book edited by Angela Harutyunyan and Aras Ozgun, and designed by Aras Ozgun, commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation for Manuals of Treason series produced in Sharjah Biennial, March-May 2011 .