Genco Gulan
Since 2002
Works in Istanbul Turkey

Genco Gülan is a conceptual artist with an interest in new media and performance art. He studied Political Science and Art at Bogazici University then he pursued an MA degree on Media Studies at New School, New York. He got prizes from BP, New School, Lions, E.M.A.F. Nominated for the European Art prize in 2012 and got selected as a finalist. Gülan made solo shows in Istanbul, Ankara, Graz, Berlin, New York, Seoul and Zagreb. His works are presented in museums such as; Centre Pompidou, Pera, ZKM, MAM, Rio and La Triennale di Milano. He participated to festivals such as; Steirishes Herbst, Ars Electronica, Mediaterra, prog-me, Accente, Balkan Art and Istanbul Festival. His net-art pieces have been exhibited at, and His works listed in required reading lists such as; City University, New York, Rice University and U.C. Santa Barbara. Gülan gave conferences at Yale, School of Visual Arts, Köln University and New York Institute of Technology. Genco Gülan and his art has been referred to by Newsweek, Herald Tribune, NY Arts, Art in America, Art News, Das Kunst, Beaux Arts and Idomenee. His monography edited Dr. Marcus Graf is published by Revolver Berlin the title "Conceptual Colors of genco Gulan". His book "De-Constructing the Digital Revolution" is published by LAP and both of the books are available at Genco Gülan was in the Advisory Board of Balkan Biennial, Thessaloniki and International Programming Committee of ISEA Singapore. He is the founder of the Web Biennial. Currently he teaches at Mimar Sinan Academy and Bogazici University.
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New Book & DVD : "Conceptual Colors of GENCO GULAN"

Sat Dec 17, 2011 15:00 - Sat Dec 17, 2011


by Dr. Marcus Graf

Publishers: Revolver Publishing, Berlin and Galeri Artist, Istanbul.

In this book, Conceptual Colors, Marcus Graf has probed deeply into the thought processes behind Gülan’s art to bring out intricate, yet totally meaningful details. The ‘colors’ they spread before the reader have many tones, many nuances, sometimes resplendent sometimes diluted, but always intriguing. Now one can only ponder as to how this conceptual rainbow will continue to expand and multiply. (Nancy Atakan, 2010.)

Agricola de Cologne, Ahu Antmen, Ali Simsek, Andrej Tisma, Aysegul Sonmez, Baris Acar, Bill Barker, Fırat Arapoglu, Goknur Gurcan, Hulya Kupcuoglu, Lale Babaoglu, Levent Calikoglu, Nancy Atakan, Nilgun Ozayten, Ozgun Tanglay
Tim Hailey, Zehra Ipsiroğlu, Zeynep Yasa Yaman

ISBN: 978-9944-0160-6-3
ISBN: 978-3-86895-204-9

240 pages, full color, 215 images, in English.



Thu Jan 20, 2011 00:00 - Sat Jan 15, 2011


A Selection of The Web Biennial Revealing The Poetics and Politics of Net Art
20 January - 20 March 2011

Artists: Magda Bielesz, Alan Bigelow, Immo Blaese, Andrew Chee, Martin John Callanan, Andy Deck, Dimitrios Fotiou, Matthias Fritsch, Genco Gülan, Elli Harrison, Sachiko Hayashi, Anni Holm, Aoghus Kneeshaw, Cardarelli Luigia, Marcello Mercado, Alexander Mouton, Christian Rupp, Evelyn Stermitz, Jürgen Trautwein, Merve Ünsal, Nanette Wylde, Jody Zellen, Ricardo Miranda Zuniga.
Curator: Marcus Graf

Regeneration.011 / A Selection of The Web Biennial Revealing the Poetics and Politics of Net Art exhibition that is presented in Plato Art Space is the first and unique Web Biennial in the world. Former biennials 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2010 was carried out by the initiation of Turkish contemporary artist Genco Gülan at Till today Web Biennial has exhibited hundreds of works of approximately 400 artists on the net and it will be presented to the audience collectively in Plato Art Space, for the first time.

The exhibition mainly consists of works of 23 international artists as well as a selected archive from the previous Biennials and an anthology of Web Biennial 2010. Some works are displayed on screens, some are projected on various surfaces and some are interactive that require the active participation of the audience.

Internet has contributed to the transformation and spreading of new forms of art, provided boundless creating, exhibiting and consuming opportunities. Regeneration.011, in this context, is presenting works that deal with freedom of speech and anti-war activism as well as revealing the political and poetical aspects of contemporary net art. Plato Art Space, by this project, aims to draw attention to net art which gained considerable importance in the recent years as an alternative space for contemporary art.

The exhibition will be accompanied with a panel and workshops.
Ayşegül Yazıcı is the director of Plato Art Space.

Admission to the institute is free.
For further information please contact Ayşe Görür:

The exhibition is supported by Plato College of Higher Education (

Ayvansaray Caddesi, No: 33
Balat 34087 İstanbul-Türkiye

Car parking is available.

tel: 90 212 621 12 47/ fax: 90 212 621 11 47


Web Biennial 10/ Panel 2

Wed Dec 31, 1969 00:00 - Fri Nov 19, 2010


Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, iS.CaM presents Web Biennial for webbased art. Artistic Director is Genco Gülan.

Web Biennial 10, Gallery6 Igor Zabel Pavillion is online at

WB will be exhibited on site @ Plato Sanat Istanbul between 01/12/2011-03/12/2011 curated by Dr. Marcus Graf.

WB10 e-conference: Panel 1 text -> "Internet and/or net-art: Is it still the same?"
is online at:
Print ond demand book available from blurb.

next e-conference Panel 2: "Net-art is dead, long live Net-art!" on December 6th @ SKYPE/ you are welcome to join as always! Moderators will be Ilias Marmaras and Dimitrios Fotiou.

For more info: "Web Biennial" ,


GalataPerform of Istanbul Open for Sublet Summer 2011

Fri Jul 01, 2011 15:45

Istanbul, Turkey

GalataPerform of Istanbul is opening its art space for usage during its transition period this summer.

GalataPerform which is planned to be used for art shows/ projects/rehearsals/workshops in the next season, is available for daily-weekly-monthly sublets
all during the summer.

For more info: 90530 260 25 24/

GalataPerform ouvre ses portes durant la période de tansition GalataPerform qui est conçu pour la prochaine saison de théâtre comme un espace de projets/répétitions/ateliers, est disponible à louer pour la journée-semaine-mois.

Pour plus d’infos:
0530 260 25 24


“ikiz” (twin)

Tue Feb 01, 2011 18:00 - Tue Feb 22, 2011

Istanbul, Turkey

“ikiz” (twin) a Genco Gülan Project
February 1, 8, 22  2011 Salon; IKSV Şişhane. February 16th; Galata Perform, Istanbul.
 22 performances between 18:00-22:00 each max 10 minutes long. 22 people in total.
Performers: Yeliz Çelebi, Deniz Çelebi & İrem Halis, Gizem Halis
Ticket: 20 TL can be bought via or at the entrance.
In English or Turkish.
You will be the Only one in the ‘Saloon’
Ottoman Sultans in 19th century used to watch plays in their palace theaters alone. Today, art has opened to the public, but the mass mediafication led to the erosion of many details. In Genco Gülan’s project “twin”, you will be the only audience just like the Kings, with a minor difference: You will be blindfolded…
Gülan’s “twin” project questionizes the concepts of viewing, viewer, and to be viewed through the participation. At the performance a pair of twins will invite you to participate the game one by one. They will blindfold you, hold your hands they lead you to Salon. The route which the participants will not see till the end, is full of little surprises… Even though the tales will sound familiar in the first sight; the little trip will be threatening as well as pleasing.  
Conceptual artist Genco Gülan’s performance project, parallel to many of his other works, is built on the concepts of  uniqueness and multiplication. The symmetry and asymmetry in the foundation of art and aesthetics are also his area of interest. The site-specific journey that identical twins are going to take you, only for the 22 people, will be a unique experience decorated with details from art history.
The performance that Gülan prepares is radically different from the classic formats such as “İtalian stage” and “white cube”. The interdisciplinary piece brings the classical Saloon exhibition concept to an entirely new level. It articulates that communication in art may still be possible. Furthermore “twin” offers new gates to phenomenon of ‘perfection’ by doubling the dosage. While referring to the digital and bio technologies on the conceptual framework, the project bases the structure on the human to human relations and imagination. The “twin”, which will be held every second day of each week, in the second month of 2011, will promise a unique experience by addressing five minus one of our senses.
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