LET’STANBUL 2011: Meet Katie Warren

Name, Age, City
Katie Warren, 22, Washington DC

What do you do?
I am a photographer, model, performance artist, collaborator, and connector. I enjoy meeting interesting creatives and working together to create unique artistic images.

How would you describe your life?
My life is a double life; I work as a strategy consultant during the day, and then create art the remainder of the time. Despite having to do many things at once, I focus on doing everything with passion. I am very lucky to be surrounded by immensely talented artists, stylists, photographers, designers, and all manor of inspiring people; we feed off the collective energy and work to create really fun, dynamic pieces.

What do you expect to find in Istanbul?
I expect to be moved beyond words at the depth of inspiration that receive from the other artists who are going. I only hope that I can capture it and translate it in photos.

What are you going to do at Let’stanbul?
I will be working with professional Turkish dancers from the conservatory in Istanbul to put on 20 or more installation photo shoots around the city. They will be a wide variety of dancers, from traditional whirling dervish to modern and ballet, and we will be shooting in both traditional and modern settings. We will be investigating the changing role of femininity in Turkish culture through the contrast of dance styles and the locations. 

Want to see Katie Warren’s work? Check out her website

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Psychogeographic walk in Sinop

Collecting the Future is a currently ungoing urban meeting taking place in Sinop, Turkey. From 7-17 September, local/national/international urban experts, artists, cultural producers and citizens are thinking and talking about the future of this historical Black Sea town. The role of culture in the city’s development is one of the central themes of the discussions.

In order to encourage people to see their city in a different light and create new ideas for it, I organised a psychogeographic walk. Participants strolled around Sinop in small groups, using an algorithm (e.g. 2nd street right, 2nd street left, 1st street left) to navigate the city’s streets. Meanwhile they wrote down how they felt and what kind of emotions they experienced while wandering around.  

I collected people’s notes and several Sinop photographs in the presentation below. The results were very interesting, sometimes sad, but also funny. The presentation gives a good impression of how both locals and strangers experience and view the city.

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LET’STANBUL 2011: Meet Monika Rizovska

Name, Age, Country
Monika Rizovska, 22, Republic of Macedonia

What do you do?
I’m an artist who tries to keep talent as a hobby, student of e-business technologies, eternal volunteer of many NGOs in Macedonia, Human Resources and Public Relations manager and active initiator and supporter for art, culture and development projects.

How would you describe your life?
I love my life because it is lovable, full of incredible adventures, diverse experiences and lots of good friendships in almost every country in the world. I like to learn and experience new things. I can say that my life is like a mysterious field of dots that I am collecting with every new opportunity taken.

What do you expect to find in Istanbul?
New learning experiences and friends.

What are you going to do at Let’stanbul?
 Create, enjoy and explore 🙂

Want to see Monika Rizovska’s work? Check out some of her work here of visit her Facebook page
Tomorrow: Meet Katie Warren

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LET’STANBUL 2011: Meet Payam Emrani

Name, Age, Country
Payam Emrani, 32, United States

What do you do?
If you find out, please let me know. The business card says photographer, so I guess that is what I do. Although, living in Los Angeles and trying to make a living out of this you do very little actually photography; you email, Facebook, twitter, etc. I do not really even consider myself a photographer. I am a digital artist. I use a camera to create art because I do not know how to draw. 

How would you describe your life?
You know when you were a kid and you said when I grow up Im going to . . .well that is how I describe my life. I am the stereotypical artist; I live in my own world. I am also a riddle, wrapped in an enigma, that contradicts himself.

What do you expect to find in Istanbul?
The meaning of life.  

What are you going to do at Let’stanbul?
I have to do something? I thought they just wanted me because I was pretty. Hmm…well lets leave it as a surprise, that should work.

Want to see Payam Emrani’s work? Check out his website
Tomorrow: meet Monika Rizovska

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LET’STANBUL 2011: Meet Ogulcan Ekiz

Name, Age, Country
Ogulcan Ekiz, 19, Turkey

What do you do?
I’m one of the organizers, a photographer and a law student.

How would you describe your life?
My philosophy is based on finding someone or something to love and making it my life until it ends.

What do you expect to find in Istanbul?
I expect to find night life, good food, love, something cool to take pictures of and someone cool to take pictures with.

What are you going to do at Let’stanbul?
Like I said, I’m always looking for something to love. Right now that’s Let’stanbul. I’m going to make sure that everything goes alright during the festival and of course I’m going to have a lot of fun!

Tomorow: meet Payam Emrani

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LET’STANBUL 2011: Meet Robin Styba

Name, City
Robin Styba, Toronto

What do you do?
I’m a conceptual artist. My photo-based works are constructed performances displayed as filmic stills. I use the camera as a paintbrush to play between painting and documentation. Placing myself into narratives, allows me to explore human psychology, physiologically and how one interacts with issues outside of oneself combined with memory.

How would you describe your life?
My life is about constantly seeking inspiration, which I believe truly is around all of us. But I like to take it in and play with it rather than fix it. Even though I do photography, I’m not so much concerned about capturing a memory or keeping time, but more about the performance of time and how it moves and moves us.

What do you expect to find in Istanbul?
I hope to be inspired by the city’s history its strong future.

What are you going to do at Let’stanbul?
During Let’stanbul, my photo-based works are going to be projected and I will give a presentation about them. I may also do a live performance in which I document myself.

Want to see Robin Styba’s work? Check out her website
Tomororw: meet Ogulcan Ekiz

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LET’STANBUL 2011: Meet Dav[id Hubner]

Name, Age, City
Dav[id Hubner], 30, Linz

What do you do?
Brand/Logo/Corporate Design. (And everything CMYK)

How would you describe your life?
I really like the parts of my life that involve design, travelling, seeing new places and getting to meet new people. Love it.

What do you expect to find in Istanbul?
Inspiration & Happiness.

What are you going to do at Let’stanbul?
The debut of a ‘Branding & Design’ themed workshop titled ‘Brands By The Beach’. It will be a playful & interactive introduction to branding: branding basics, knowledge, stories and hands-on DIY brand ‘building’.

Want to see an overview of Dav[id Hubner]’s work? Check out his website
Tomorrow: meet Robin Styba

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LET’STANBUL 2011: Meet Joanna Bojda

Name, Age, City
Joanna Bojda, 22, Poznan

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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LET’STANBUL 2011: Meet Hichem Kherbachi

Name, Age, City
Hichem Kherbachi , 20, Algiers

What do you do?
I’m a graphic designer/digital artist from Algeria. I’ve got three years of experience and started to work as a graphic designer for advertising agency JWT . My specialty is making promotional materials like flyers, posters and banners. My work is also featured on a lot of design websites and blogs.

How would you describe your life?
My personal projects are all about searching for more inspiration.

What do you expect to find in Istanbul?
Actually, I’ve been in Istanbul before and I think it’s a wonderful and beautiful city. I love it very much.

What are you going to do at Let’stanbul?
I’m going to show some ideas that I created for Let’stanbul. I think my main role is to share my hopefully enjoyable ideas with the people in Istanbul’s streets.

Want to see Hichem Kherbachi’s work? Check out the following website
Tomorrow: meet Joanna Bojda

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LET’STANBUL 2011: Meet ellen cherry

Name, Age, Country
ellen cherry, 36, United States

What do you do?
I’m a songwriter, performer & composer

How would you describe your life?
I’m a collector of stories and a lover of historical stories.  My work is to find new ways to tell these stories, using voice, guitar and creating lasting melodies.  My work and life is half about travelling and exploring and half about digesting what I’ve seen/heard/tasted/understood and translating that into music.

What do you expect to find in Istanbul?
A rich history and a city steeped in its culture, yet embracing modern technology and creating new traditions.  I expect to find colour, spice, interesting and new sounds.  I’m most excited about meeting the other artists and collaborating, on the spot!

What are you going to do at Let’stanbul?
My hope is to perform my original music for the listening audiences of Istanbul, collaborate in live performances with the other musicians and artists at the festival and to make life-long connections that can bear fruit in the future.  With new technologies, being miles away from each other does not inhibit collaboration and I’m looking forward to *beginning* many new friendships and artistic endeavors.  I also hope to absorb, even in such a short time, some of Istanbul’s culture and history and let that influence be heard in the music I’ve yet to create.

Want to listen to ellen cherry? Check out her website or YouTube channel
Tomorrow: meet Hichem Kherbachi

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