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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Web Biennial 2010, Gallery 6

Mon Nov 15, 2010 00:00

Open call for net-art, web-art and papers for Web Biennial 2010, Gallery 6. This years theme is "anti-censor". The title tags of the proposed Web Pages need to be formatted as

"#wb10 - Web Biennial 2010- Name of the Artist- name of the project"

The articles need to be on net-art, web-art and preferably relating to the WB.
email URL proposals to: deadline: November 15th 2010



Wed May 19, 2010 00:00 - Wed May 19, 2010


CADAQUÉS: Una video performance de Genco Gülan

18.05.2010, Martes, 20: 30
19.05.2010, Miércoles, 15: 30
Duración de 90 minutos; sin pausa.

@ IKSV Salon, Şişhane Istabul TR.

Cadaqués es una video performance que cuestiona las relaciones entre narración, narrador y narrativa. La performance toma su título de la pequeña localidad catalana donde Marcel Duchamp y John Cage solían jugar al ajedrez. Los performers vocalizan historias verdaderas que escuchan desde una instalación con vídeos múltiples. Cadaqués presenta partes de veinte historias que comparten un mismo tema: la muerte. El drama de un asesinato se presenta junto a otra historia sobre un superviviente de un accidente aéreo. La performance no está basada en historias reales, sino formada por historias reales.

Cadaqués es una pequeña ciudad en Cataluña que se hizo famosa con las visitas de Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Rene Magrite y Salvador Dalí. La ciudad en la que los artistas surrealistas solían pasar sus vacaciones veraniegas no tiene una relación directa con la obra. Genco Gülan, artista turco que nunca ha estado en Cadaqués, utiliza este título como si de una metáfora se tratase.

Cadaqués está compuesta de historias reales de personajes reales. La performance cuestiona las relaciones entre narración, narrador y narrativa. La actuación ofrece referencias a las obras “Cuarteto: Un Viaje Hacia el Norte” de Mahir Sadri y “Reproducción de Música” de Yeşim Özsoy Gülan. El género de dichas obras abarca desde el teatro documental hasta la video performance.

Para la actuación, se reúnen historias verdaderas de personajes reales. La actuación se desarrolla a un nivel minimalista, no obstante, se intenta mantener una cierta atmósfera surrealista. La performance tiene lugar frente a una instalación con vídeos múltiples. Mientras tanto, se escuchan unas voces provenientes de los altavoces que vocalizan y expresan las historias narradas. Un coro presente se utiliza además para enfatizar palabras y gestos.

Para este proyecto, Genco Gülan ha reunido historias de personas que ha conocido personalmente. Tanto los personajes que se muestran en la pantalla como los que aparecen en el escenario coinciden y discrepan al abordar diversos temas. La muerte, que es el tema de la performance, a veces toma forma de asesinato político o suicidio. La tragedia profunda es sobrellevada por las historias reales supervivientes de los personajes. El accidente aéreo, los pasajeros que se encuentran en medio de un campo fangoso, empiezan a caminar y a buscar sus casas apresuradamente. Esta performance no tiene introducción ni conclusión, sino que las historias se entremezclan entre ellas. La performance vocal en forma de réquiem es de hecho un experimento a la hora de contar una historia. Gülan, a la hora de pensar en Cadaqués, busca su propio camino en el bosque, el cual aparece ya mencionado en el libro “Seis Caminos en el Bosque Ficticio” de Umberto Eco. Mientras va avanzando a lo largo de este camino, va dejando un rastro con pequeños trozos de pan…


Genco Gülan > SURNAME @ Gallery Artist BERLIN

Tue Jan 19, 2010 00:00 - Sat Jan 16, 2010

Genco Gülan > SURNAME @ Galeri Artist BERLIN
19 January - 19 February 2010. Opening at 19th at 19:00
Conceptual artist Genco Gülan will be exhibiting his new series called “Surname” for the first time in a gallery setting at Gallery Artist BERLIN. The metallic, figurative, portable sculptures have been previewed at the 32. Accente Festival Duisburg last spring with a large crowd of people/ devices carrying and performing them. For example; A helium balloon flied a metallic bird over Konig Platz while a young Shahzade figure travelled in the city on the top of an Audi. In Berlin sculptures will be exhibited with the performance documentations.
Surname has two meanings in two languages. Firstly it means “a second name which is added to a first one.” Another word that carries the same letters, in the same order but with a different pronunciation in Ottoman Language refers to: “a miniature painting book, depicting the festivals of the Ottoman Empire. For the project Gulan studied the tradition of oriental (Ottoman, Islamic) miniature making (16th to 18. the century) mainly from Surname’s and chose 41 figures to re-embody. Than the artist carved these figures back to life, using the computer aided (laser, water jet etc) technologies from iron, steel and copper. Than he produced compound structures (from metal, carbon, metal) that are strong and light at the same time; light enough to be carried with or exhibited on people and strong enough to survive.
While building the pieces, Gulan tried to bring a new approach to sculpture making with a reference to medieval Ottoman performing and visual arts. In those fests -that also relate witch ancient Dyonisos fests- Ottoman people used to carry/ fly/ swim large size visual objects. Gulan tried to revitalize and put them back to move with a contemporary approach. He travelled back from 3D to 2D and again back to 3D.
He studied and remembered that in the old times the nakkashs (miniature makers) were using metallic templates to draw figures to multiply the books. Furthermore as Eastern miniatures that lack perspective in the classical sense, a line of sculptures (maybe like Kara Walker's cut-outs) have been developed with a lack of 3rd dimension (in classical sense). A series of flat, metallic sculptures, light enough to be carried by a person or two has been be created. These human size sculptures remind us of large templates that are good enough to bring these fests back to life, from 2D back to 3D and than 2D again. And when people carried the templates they have remembered the weight of history on their back again.

This project is co-produced by Duisburger Akzente Festival.

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#wb10 - open call for net-art

Mon Feb 01, 2010 00:00 - Tue Jan 05, 2010


#wb10 - anticensor- open call for net-art, web-art and sofware-art

Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum (iS.CaM) presents Web Biennial 10.
In 2010 we will have 10 galleries exclusive for online art.
This year's theme is "anticensor". Artistic director is Genco Gülan.

We do accept online exclusive work. They need to be specifik to the
Internet. We do not show representative work like artist portfolios.
This year we will accept software art as well. First come first serve.

Please only send URLs. Format the title tag of your page as:

#wb10 - name of the artist - name of the project

and send your art as a URL to
Please put this info also into the subject of your email.

Deadline for Gallery #01: February 1st 2010
Deadline for Gallery #02: March 1st 2010
Deadline for Gallery #03: April 1st 2010
Deadline for Gallery #04: May 1st 2010
Deadline for Gallery #05: June 1st 2010
Deadline for Gallery #06: July 1st 2010
Deadline for Gallery #07: September 1st 2010
Deadline for Gallery #08: October 1st 2010
Deadline for Gallery #09: November 1st 2010
Deadline for Gallery #10: December 1st 2010

We are an independent organization and we are not related with Istanbul 2010


Fabre, Gulan, Azak, Kundukan, Haerizadeh, and Tahon @ Gallery Artist, Istanbul.

Tue Sep 15, 2009 00:00 - Mon Sep 14, 2009


Fabre, Gulan, Azak, Kundukan, Haerizadeh, and Tahon @ Gallery Artist, Istanbul.

Opening: September 15, 19:00-21:00

Dates: September 15 - November 15, 2009

Jan Fabre; Belgium
Genco Gülan, Turkey
Filiz Azak, Germany
Ramin Haerizadeh, Iran
Zekine Kundukan, Turkey
Johan Tahon, Belgium

Ayazma Cad. No: 4, Fulya, Beşiktaş, (across OTIM) İstanbul. 90 (212) 227 68 52.