About the Director and the Curator
Ece Pazarbasi works and walks on the merged borderline of curatorial practice and artistic research as her main profession. She has realised many projects over the issues of urbanism, digital and analogue public space, participatory art, alternative education as well as food and technology of the human body.
Since 2005 she works on the alternative formats of education sometimes by directing alternative education and residency programmes, at other times by being part of them. In 2007 and 2009, she has directed and curated Meeting Point: Gülpinar and Meeting Point: Buyukhusun -a mobile education, residency and festival programme that took place at the villages of Turkey. In 2015, she has co-curated Everything Under the Sun Alternative Education Programme that focused on climate change from the perspective of art and food. She is also teaching at Transart Institute, and in 2013 at Olafur Eliasson’s Institution for Spatial Experiments where she had the privilege to receive a special research grant.
In 2016, she has received a 18-month special stipend for International Fellow Curators from Kulturstiftung des Bundes. Among her other selected professional experiences are curator of “Cabinet of the Unknown” Werkbundarchiv - Museum der Dinge (2017); Curator of “Bank Blank” main exhibition of 48 hrs Neukölln (2018); “Memory Plates” within the frame of Festival of Future Nows at Hamburger Bahnhof (2017); Curator of “Muscle Memory” Kunstraum Bethanien/ Kreuzberg; Istanbul Coordinator for New Museum - New York’s Ideas City (2012): Istanbul; in Berlin she co-curated “12/12” and “Turkish Art Nice and Simple” exhibitions at Tanas Berlin (2011-2012) together with René Block. She was the assistant curator of the 52nd Venice Biennial Turkish Pavilion (2007). In 2009 and 2010 she worked as Consultant and Program Specialist of Visual Arts for Turkey at the Strategic Planning and Development Department for Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, UAE. Among her artistic positions are her work in Neue National Galerie Berlin Festival of Future Nows within in the scope of "Sticks and Stones" an intervention by David Chipperfield (2014); curator of ‘Walk Over the City’ soundwalk series in Istanbul (2013).
About the Project Manager
Mario Asef studied architecture and art in Argentina, Germany, and England. His work has been exhibited worldwide, most recently at Daegu Photo Biennale 2018 (South Korea), Unarte (Puebla, Mexico), Quartier 21 Museumsquartier (Vienna), Wildpalms (Düsseldorf), Junge Kunst e.V. (Wolfsburg, Germany), Kasa Galeri (Istanbul), The Drawing Hub (Berlin). Recent museum exhibitions include Hamburger Kunsthalle, Villa Merkel, Kunstlerhaus Bregenz (Austria), and the Akademie der Künste Berlin. His videos, photographs, sound installations, and interventions in public space deal with architectonic as well as sociopolitical questions and confront issues related to their spatial representability.