What do you do?
Recently I finished my BA in Art History and now I’m starting an MA programme in Art History and Philosophy. My major interest lies in Japanese and Korean visual culture as well as contemporary Middle- and Eastern European art. For the most part I’m trying to analyse culture through the context of politics, gender, topography, psychoanalysis, semiotics and new media.
How would you describe your life?
My concern is to keep on developing my knowledge and erudition, so I’m spending most of my time reading, watching films and learning foreign languages, as I believe language is the key to understand other people’s cultures. My personal interests requires me to go through hundreds of images everyday. I try to share them on my personal tumblr account, where I upload images of Japanese visual culture. Apart from that, whenever I have time, I love to explore the city on my bike and take part in as many cultural events as possible.
What do you expect to find in Istanbul?
I hope to experience the same hospitality and kindness of people living there that I encountered last year. And then lots of searing sun, delicious food, vibrating colours and marvelous decorative art.
What are you going to do at Let’stanbul?
As an Observer my duty and my pleasure is to examine the new trends and technologies in contemporary culture (photography, film, video art), that are used during the festival’s events. I would like to ask and maybe partly answer the question what experimental art means for contemporary art, as it always seems that everything has been done before.
Tomorrow: meet Dav[id Hubner]
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