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 present: Bypass2010

Sun Sep 13, 2009 00:00 - Mon Sep 07, 2009


Web Biennial present: Bypass2010 in the context of HAZ Exhibition:

Telepresence and Network Performance - Workshop/Performance. By Claudio Rivera-Seguel: Canadian-Chilean Multidisciplinary Artist with participating artists form:

Turkey: Genco Gulan & (HAZ @ adressistanbul: Suzan Batu, Eti Behar, Nut Ataibiş, Burçin Ayebe, Melis Basmacı, Tom Broadbent, Bülent Çınar, Orhun Erdenli, Jerelyn Hanrihan, Sevgi Karay, Norma Markley, Ray Rapp, Berke Soyuer, Lale Tara.)

Canada: Jaime Griffiths, Frederick Cummings, Emilio Rojas, Claudio Rivera-Seguel

Chile: Felix Lazo, Yto Aranda, Marre Wacquez, Klaudia Kemper, Alonso Fernandez, Gonzalo Flores, Briza Muñoz

Brazil: Milena Szafir, VJ Pixel, André Silvério.

Istanbul (Turkey) Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 8:00:00 PM @ Galata Perform
Vancouver (Canada - British Columbia) Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 9:00:00 AM
Santiago (Chile) Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 13:00:00
Sao Paulo (Brazil) Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 14:00:00

With the appearance of free public accessible streaming technologies of Web 2.0 technologies, individuals and groups will have the possibility to participate, experience and manipulate remote events in real time. In the near future telepresence communication systems will be incorporated within everyday life. This phenomena will dramatically transform how we communicate and experience remote environments, cultural events and social interaction.

This workshop/performance aims to create an atmosphere for stimulating interaction and discussion among persons interested in Immersive Telepresence. The workshop will include a presentation by Claudio Rivera-Seguel about recent new media projects of interactive streaming performances such as: OrganiRandom, DigitalChile\_08 and Vision Division.

The workshop will give an overview about different platforms used for immersive telepresence and examine some of their interactive methodologies. It will also introduce the audience to some of the basics of real-time broadcasting and recording techniques in low and high definition streaming. Finally the workshop will offer participants the opportunity to become an active part of the live-performance with artists from Chile and Canada, which aims to promote the web-base relational art project called Bypass2010.

The goal of this workshop is to introduce participants to the basic concepts and techniques of telepresence and to bringing together a group of multidisciplinary creative professionals who are working with or are interested in the different aspects of communication technologies in order to experiment and collaborate in an immersive telepresence interactive environment.

WORKSHOP: September 14th 7:00:00 PM @ Galata Perform

Sponsoring Institutions:
Canada Council for the Arts, Vivarium Gallery, Corporacion ArTeK, Escaner Cultural, Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, iS.CaM and Galata Perfrom in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Web Biennial 09 to Stop Online Censorship

Sat May 09, 2009 00:00 - Sat May 09, 2009


To protest the rising censorshlip on the Internet, the Biennial comitee of iS.CaM announced the postponing Web Biennial 2009 to 2010. If you want to support the cause of the WB, please write inside your HTML headtags or to the BODY of your web page, in English and Turkish:

"WB09- Stop the online censorship- internette sansure hayir!"


(Turkish) İnternette yükselen sansürü protesto etmek için Istanbul Muzessinin Bienal komitesi, Web Biennial 2009'u, 2010a erteleme kararı aldı. Kampanyayi gonullu olarak desteklemek isterseniz lütfen sayfanızın BODY bolumune yada kodunuzun HTML headtag'lerinin icine Ingilizce ve Turkce yazınız:

"WB09- Stop the online censorship- internette sansure hayir!"

Genco GULAN, Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum/ iS.CaM/ Istanbul Çağdaş Sanat Müzesi



Can Human's Fly? Why Not? say's Genco GULAN

Sat Mar 07, 2009 00:00 - Sat Feb 21, 2009


Conceptual artist Genco GULAN's new project called I LOVE YOU opened on Valentines day this month. The show is composed of images, videos and sounds of people all on air. They are -including the artist himself- all free falling in air. No flying equipments, no wires, no trics. The extra ordinary exhibition will be on till March 7th, 2009. Below is the article by Marcus Graf "Will you Jump, Fall or Fly ?" on “I Love you” series by Genco Gülan published in Idomenee Magazine, Paris No: 3.

Flying is one of the oldest dreams of man kind. The image of birds in the sky, which are able to leave the surface with all its chaos and mess behind, can trigger various feelings like romanticism, sorrow
and sometimes jealousy or even anger. In contrast falling is one of the worst nightmares of people. It even hunts us in our dreams in which we wake up before we slam on the ground. People cannot fly
but fall. Therefore, flying is a poetic fantasy and falling is a hurting reality.

Both actions represent the entrance into another sphere which we earthlings normally are not allowed to enter. Physical laws are stricter than any human made law and prevent us from entering this clean,
pure and infinite area. On planet earth, you have to deal with its people, animals, buildings, diseases and wars. In the sky, you are alone with yourself and the clouds. There, in the silence of the void, you are
able to hear yourself while the whispering of the wind is telling you secrets about the stars.

In Genco Gülan’s photo series “I love You”, we see people who are in the state of falling down. Nevertheless, it looks as if they were freed from all ballast of the planet and all weight of their bodies. On the images, in the stillstand of the moment, these people fly forever. The artist is using photography’s power to stop time, and freeze a fragile glimpse of reality so that the spectator can carefully observe the incident. Genco Gülan is an interdisciplinary artist who is often using photography to create images that draw connection to real incidents, in order to review reality. He usually merges the found images with pictures and discussions of other contexts in order to go beyond the known ideas about the world we live in. In Gülan’s works, the spectator is confronted with fragmented reflections of our current reality in which a strange balance between beauty and ugliness, as well as poetry and politics create a visual platform for the analysis of society’s state of today. In the current series “I love you”, his focus lays on the moment of the artistic process where reality and imagination melt into a new construction called art. Through observing and deconstructing the known, Gülan reveals the contemporary world’s unstable essence in which the “obvious and ordinary” are perpetrated by the “wired and irritating”.

Genco Gülan is creating no fiction, and the protagonists of his series are really falling from extraordinary height. We neither see the beginning nor the ending of the jump. Various men, women and children are
dressed in suits, skirts or school uniforms fly as if they were falling out of nothing. Gülan freezes the people with the help of his camera. On the image, the high speed of the fall is paused for a moment so that we can observe certain details of the people and their accessories: Strange expressions of the faces, which vary between concentration and sensation, as well as wired positions of the bodies, occur. Shoes
fall off, bags open and water spills out of bottles. Although we witness a part of a very fast movement, the images seem calm and silent. The peace of the moment is supported by the interconnection of the space and the figures. The clear blue sky in which the people hang, gives the scenes a contemplative background. In the endless blue, your mind can travel and draw lines on the sky like airplanes do. On the other hand, some small details of buildings make references to the concrete set of the scene. Nevertheless, the architectural parts seen on the images are more compositional parameters than story telling factors. Gülan needs them to show the parting of his figures from the real world. On the ground, the figures would be imprisoned between the walls of our buildings made out of concrete, steel and glass. In the air, at least for a moment, they are free.

Genco Gülan’s series points to photography’s possibility of freezing time for observation and creating parallel worlds for imagination. In his photos, the spectator has the chance to choose between the poetry of the flying moment, the sensation of the jumping action or the danger of the fall. What ever side he takes, he will have the chance to transfer his mind into the body of the protagonists in order to be part of the
image. There, he will see, whether he jumps, falls or flies; in love. At least for a moment, hopefully, he will be able to forget all physical laws and part from his concrete stand point. We believe in images so why
should we not believe in the possibility of flying?

Genco Gulan is represented by PG Art Gallery. Istanbul



Sat Feb 14, 2009 00:00 - Sun Jan 04, 2009


Genco Gülan's I LOVE YOU exhibiton will be opened at Bebek PG ART Gallery of Istanbul on the Valentines day. Images of flying people will be exhibited as photos and videos. Two articles on the exhibiton will be available at Paris Idomenee Magazine No:3 and Istanbul Sanat Dunyamiz No: 109. The exciting exhibiton will be open till March 7 2009.


YEN! (New) @ Pera Museum

Mon Jun 02, 2008 00:00 - Sun May 25, 2008


YEN! (New)
Six simultaneous multimedia performances, on electronic colors at Pera Museum, Istanbul.
18 May - 2 June 2008.

Project: Genco GULAN

Red: Minübe Millet
Yellow: Anderske Kaspersma
Blue: Gökçe C. Akyildiz, Nefle Mengüloglu
Grey: Necla Köse, Tamer Ertuna
Green: Neylan Özgüle
Pink: Pelin Batu
Piano: Selim Benba
Soprano2: Pelin Su Öznal
Assistant Director: Mustafa Gültekin
Multimedia Design: Berke Soyver
Production: Can Kurban
Costume: Asli Bor, Eti Behar, Leyla Okan
Light: Enver Basar

Although it is believed that there are three main colours
in nature, the number of primary colours has increased
with the advancement of technology. As human
perception changes, the colours used in various image
multiplication techniques had to change. Today, even
though the colours of the rainbow have not altered yet,
the representation of colour is still being debated.

The subject of the performance NEW (YEN! ) is the new set of electronic
colours added to the primary ones. Six of the most
commonly used colours in new printing machines were
selected: Blue, Red, Yellow, Green, Grey and Pink. The
performance opens a debate about these “new colours”
by using “new technologies”. The "new media" utilised in
the project become both object and subject. At the Pera
Museum, the performers, stationed on high pedestals,
will execute six different but simultaneous
performances. All of the performers improvise within
the limited situation they are in while competing with
themselves, with each other and with technology.
During the performance, Anderske Kaspersma (Yellow)
derives classical arias out of the lines on the Pantone
catalogue whilst working out on a piece of fitness
equipment. The twins, Gökçe C. Yildiz and Nefle Mengüloglu
(Blue) try move as they are attached to each other. Munibe
Millet (Red) tries to type under water. Necla Kose and
Tamer Ertuna (Grey) both run as one of them try to draw and the other one try
to rime. Neylan Ozgule (Green)
rollerblades whilst reading her book Colour Theory
melodically. Wearing a dress made up of cables, Pelin Batu (Pink) reads loud the A.I. generated
text from the computer. All
the while Selim Benba sits next to the acoustic piano
and accompanies the performers with his electronic
By performing these acts in a museum, Genco Gulan
reminds us that "performance art" and "action theatre" are actually
branches of Sculpture as well. (See: Sculpture - From Antiquity
to the Present Day by Duby, Georges and Daval, Jean-
Luc. Taschen, 2005). Gulan tries to emphasises the fact that
equal importance should be given to live arts just as
much as nature mort.

Real-time, computer processed sound, image and text,
triggered by the performer and/or the audience, are
being used in the performance as combining elements.
In this way the pieces integrate and the colours come
out. At the end, the whole performance becomes an
interactive exhibition at the entrance of Pera Museum.