Blackmarket - Istanbul 2007
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Saturday, September 8,
5-8pm, Balkon,
5 Sehbender str,
Asmalimescit, Tunel, Istanbul


MOOD SALON is initiated by Anselm Franke (Director of Extra City, Antwerpen) and Bart de Baere (Director of MuHKA, Antwerpen) with various partners for "Floating Territories", a "trans-biennial" project by the Evens Foundation, organized by Germana Jaulin. "Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge" is a format of the Mobile Academy, a project by Hannah Hurtzig with changing partners situated at HAU, Berlin.

Mood Salon and Mobile Academy present:



MOOD SALON presents a miniature Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge, a project by Hannah Hurtzig, the Istanbul edition being organized by Anselm Franke with Jennifer Teets and Pelin Tan. In this Blackmarket experts from the curatorial and theoretical field offer their knowledge on "Atmospheric Politics". The right or wrong gesture in a given moment can change everybody's mood. But what is it that makes gesture meaningful? How do we make atmospheres with gestures, and what else does the gesture tell?

Participating experts:

Mariana Castillo Deball, artist, Berlin "Blackboxing. Device whose parts are unknown or irrelevant, but whose function is understood. Somebody, full of suggesting mystery, who produces a deliberately engineered impression in the mind of somebody who sees, hears, or reads something. His presence is not to be noticed but the effect of his actions always visible."

Brian Dillon, UK editor of Cabinet magazine "The many gesture manuals published in the nineteenth century are instructive texts from the literature of moral, political and aesthetic anxiety that has surrounded the sphere of human gesture for at least two centuries, and propose a bizarre prehistory of our contemporary bodily regimes."

Cevdet Erek, artist, Istanbul "Improvisation on various themes with the visitor, using words and conventional drawing aids."

Anselm Franke, curator, Manifesta 7, Extra City Antwerpen "What goes without saying: Gesture as the language of the social implicit."

Irene Kopelman, artist, Amsterdam "Using as a point of departure a take on the story of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (Holland 1632 - 1723) I will talk about the relationship of observation and representation in history of sciences, making a link with my individual practice as a contemporary artist."

Erden Kosova, writer and curator, Istanbul "Shortcomings of heroic gestures."

Dieter Rolstraete, curator and writer, Brussels "Posture, Demeanor, and Composure: A Lament for the Loss of the Stylish Masses!"

Pelin Tan, sociologist, writer, editor, Istanbul "Is locality a political gesture of space?"

Bulent Tanju, Prof. in Architectural Theory, writer, Istanbul "Architecture is gentrification and will remain so unless it gets rid of the logic of representation."

Jennifer Teets, resident curator, Platform Garanti, former curator, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City "Hooked on demonics: vomiting machines and eavesdropping statues."


18.00 - 18.30 / Mariana Castillo, Brian Dillon, Cevdet Erek, Dieter Roelstraete, Jennifer Teets,
18.30 - 19.00 / Mariana Castillo, Anselm Franke, Irene Kopelman, Pelin Tan, Jennifer Teets
19.00- 19.30 / Brian Dillon, Erden Kosova, Pelin Tan, Bulent Tanju, Dieter Roelstraete
19.30 - 20.00 / Cevdet Erek, Anselm Franke, Irene Kopelman, Erden Kosova, Bulent Tanju