90 Depar

Salt Beyoğlu

December 17, 2011 12.00 – 21.00

A program of events including lectures, tours, presentations and performances seeking to answer questions around contemporary İstanbul, 90 will seize your Saturday on December 17 with 90 Depar.

Since its launch on September 13, the 90 project has explored the phenomena and potentials of urban space in 90 events. Aiming to avoid exclusionary preoccupations with “expertise” and “experience” by engaging a wide range of contributors, 90 has tackled urban, ecological and sociological questions like “Are there sustainable buildings in İstanbul?”, “Is it possible to generate electricity through the currents of the Bosphorus?”, “What is the form of İstanbul’s public physiology?”, “What have excavations in Yenikapı taught İstanbul?” and “Does pedestrianization make İstanbul accessible?”

On Saturday, December 17, 90 will dash through 12 consecutive events. Fueled by coffee during the day and mulled wine into the evening, 90 Depar will continue from 12.00-21.00 on SALT Beyoğlu’s 2nd floor.

90 Depar participants will include professor of urban geography Jean-François Pérouse, marine scientist Cemal Saydam, architect and curator Pelin Derviş, artist Burak Arıkan, architect Alexis Şanal, historian and academic İrvin Cemil Schick, writer and radio host Ayça Şen, Zaytung founder Hakan Bilginer, urban researcher Orhan Esen, writer and academic Murat Belge, cookbook author Refika Birgül, and musicologist and radio programmer Yaprak Melike Uyar. The day’s program will conclude with a live performance by musicians from Açık Radyo’s Melting Pot: Free Experimental and Improvised Music From İstanbul album at 21.00 in the Walk-in Cinema.

December 17, 2011 90 Depar Program

12.00: Jean-François Pérouse
12.45: Cemal Saydam
13.30: Pelin Derviş-Burak Arıkan
14.15: Alexis Şanal
15.00: İrvin Cemil Schick
15.45: Ayça Şen
16.30: Hakan Bilginer (Zaytung)
17.15: Orhan Esen
18.00: Murat Belge
18.45: Refika Birgül
19.30: Yaprak Melike Uyar
20.00: Melting Pot album project performance

Jean-François Pérouse

The mall-ization / residence-ization of Tepeüstü / Ayazma (2007-2011): What kind of modernization is this?

Jean-François Pérouse is an urban geography professor at Toulouse University and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Reims. Working in İstanbul since 1999—first at the University of Marmara, and then at Galatasaray University—he currently runs the İstanbul Urban Observatory at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies (IFEA). Pérouse is the author of books and papers about city and risk, gated communities, luxurious residential development, and the transformation of İstanbul’s peripheries.

Cemal Saydam

How does the Kanal İstanbul project effect the water regime of the Bosphorus?

Prof. Dr. Cemal Saydam graduated from Middle East Technical University’s Department of Chemistry and earned his Ph.D. from Liverpool University’s Department of Oceanography in 1981. From 1981-1995, he served as a teaching member of Middle East Technical University, receiving his professorial degree in 1992. From 1996-2004, he worked in various positions at the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBİTAK). Since 2002, he has been enrolled at Hacettepe University in the Department of Environmental Engineering.

Pelin Derviş-Burak Arıkan

Who owns the traces we leave in the city?

Pelin Derviş is an architect, independent editor and curator. Her greatest passion is making books—especially on city and architecture. Some publications from her 2011 harvest include English to Turkish translations of The Function of Form (by Farshid Moussavi) and How to Read Buildings (by Carol Davidson Cragoe), published by Yapı-Endüstri Merkezi [The Building Information Center]. Derviş worked as editorial coordinator of publications for the 12th İstanbul Biennial (Remembering Istanbul, The Companion, and The Catalogue) and editor of Made in Şişhane: On Istanbul, Small-scale Production, and Design. Some previous works as an editor or contributor include Becoming Istanbul, Mapping Istanbul, Tracing Istanbul [from the air] and Istanbul para-doxa: Conversations on the City and Architecture (Garanti Gallery). She co-curated the Becoming Istanbul exhibition at SALT Beyoğlu with Uğur Tanyeli and Bülent Tanju.

Burak Arikan is an artist based in New York and İstanbul. His work confronts issues ranging from politics and economics to cultural sustainability in networked environments. His systems have been featured in online and onsite exhibitions in the form of prints, animation, software and installations. Arikan has presented his work internationally at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Neuberger Museum of Art, Venice Biennale of Architecture, Ars Electronica, Sonar, Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF), Borusan Contemporary, ARTER, SALT Beyoğlu, and at independent venues such as Art Interactive, Cambridge; Künstlerhaus Bethanien; Hafriyat; Club Phazon; Stuttgarter Filmwinter and Turbulence (online). He has lectured and led workshops at institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Rhode Island School of Design, New York University Interactive Telecommunications Program, İstanbul Technical University, Boğaziçi Universtiy, Sabancı University and İstanbul Bilgi University.

Alexis Şanal

How are open-air markets structured in İstanbul?

Alexis Şanal is an urban designer and architect. With a bachelor’s degree in architecture from SCI-Arc and a master’s degree in city planning from MIT, her vision of a streamlined relationship between people and the design of their environments is manifested in her academic and professional pursuits. Before moving to İstanbul in 2002 and establishing ŞANAL architecture|urbanism, Şanal worked in various architectural offices in Los Angeles. Most recently, she is engaged in a series of projects exploring how location-aware computing, ephemeral urban structures and narratives can be used to make more vibrant and livable cities. A visiting fellow at the University of Queensland teaching design studio in 2007, she continues to conduct research with MIT on digital cities.

The talk will be held in English.

İrvin Cemal Schick

Was Ottoman İstanbul an erotic city?

İrvin Cemil Schick was born in İstanbul in 1955. After graduating from Robert College, he obtained his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has taught at MIT and Harvard, and is currently working at İstanbul Şehir University. Schick is the author of publications including The Erotic Margin: Sexuality and Spatiality in Alteritist Discourse; The Fair Circassian: Adventures of an Orientalist Motif; and Writing the Body, Society, the Universe: On Islam, Gender, and Culture. He edited or co-edited Turkey in Transition: New Perspectives (with E.A. Tonak); European Captive Women and their Muslim Masters: Narratives of Captivity in “Turkish” Lands; Women in the Ottoman Balkans: Gender, Culture and History (with A. Buturović); and M. Uğur Derman 65th Birthday Festschrift.

Ayça Şen

Why is un-becoming İstanbul scary?

Ayça Şen engages in writing, hosting radio programs, music and painting. Though she’s happy combining all of these pursuits, she has difficulty finding specific ways to express herself. She regrets she hasn’t been able to devote herself to art full-time, and for this reason lives in İstanbul so she is never far from it. She currently writes a column for Taraf newspaper and is involved in TV projects and stage performances. She is married and a mother of one.

Hakan Bilginer (Zaytung)

What is a “real” İstanbulite — and why must he or she immediately become extinct?

During his nearly 10 years working as an informatics engineer, Hakan Bilginer was also writing for websites like zuxxi and ekşisözlük. After tiring of this, he finally decided to start his own site: zaytung.com. Zaytung became so popular that Bilginer quit his engineering job to focus on the site. With his friends in editing, Bilginer now produces material for TV shows and newspapers. He gets a slight pleasure talking about himself in the third person.

Orhan Esen

How does İstanbul appear from its north side? Who can be called a “North İstanbulite”?

Orhan Esen is an independent urban researcher, writer and guide. He is interested in the performance of the city in which he lives; the fields of shelter, transportation, environment and identity-formation; and in letting city dwellers live in reasonable conditions. Esen studied social and economic history and, later, the history of art and architecture in İstanbul and Vienna. As a guide, he finds it important to let his guests perceive İstanbul with all its “mediocrities”—beyond its monumental building stock; his interest extends from the historical to the existent. He believes the act of showing and sharing the city is a good teacher and develops spatial awareness. Making an effort to be a vigilant, active and participating resident of the city, he works with various civilian, academic, artistic and political platforms, and writes, speaks, produces and organizes projects to achieve this. Understanding and intervening in the dynamics of urban change are his primary concerns. Esen published Self Service City: İstanbul (2005) with Stephan Lanz in Berlin, which he considers his second city.

Murat Belge

Is İstanbul ready to move from cultural consumption to production?

Murat Belge received his bachelor’s degree from the İstanbul University Faculty of Literature, Department of English Language and Literature in 1966. After being imprisoned during the March 12 era, he returned to university, ultimately resigning from his position as associate professor in 1981. Belge’s articles have been published in Halkın Dostları, Birikim, Yeni Dergi, Yeni Gündem, Milliyet Sanat and Papirüs magazines, as well as in Cumhuriyet, Demokrat, Milliyet and Radikal newspapers. Belge established İletişim Yayınları in 1983 and became a professor in 1997. He currently writes for Taraf newspaper and teaches at İstanbul Bilgi University.

Refika Birgül

How does new İstanbul cuisine enrich the city and its residents?

Refika Birgül began spending time in the kitchen when she was as tall as the oven, making coffee for her family. With her older brother Tolga instilling in her a love of food, her aunt and uncle teaching her about Mediterranean cuisine, and her grandfather and other relatives sharing the recipes of delicious Anatolian dishes, her palate and appetite grew. After a trip to London to visit family, she found herself looking for more and more cooking ideas; when she couldn’t find new things, she created them herself. Making and sharing good food was somehow related to Birgül’s background in psychology. Many nights she dreamed of new recipes, believing that food prepared with love could cure the body and soul. She experimented in the kitchen; she flew, dove, breathed and, with her love of mathematics, tried to solve the algorithms of food. Today, Birgül is the author of Refika’nın Mutfağı - Cooking New Istanbul Style, and the creator and host of Mucize Lezzetler [Miraculous Tastes] on NTV. May sweet excitement, the fragrance of spices, and flying pots and pans never leave your kitchen…

Yaprak Melike Uyar

What role does improvisation play in İstanbul’s music scene?

Yaprak Melike Uyar is a musicologist, radio programmer and freelance music critic. Currently working as a lecturer and research assistant at İTU Turkish Music State Conservatory, she teaches History of Popular Music and History of Jazz. Uyar has a bachelor’s degree from Boğaziçi University and a master’s degree in ethnomusicology from İTU MİAM, where she wrote the thesis “Commodification of Whirling Dervish Rituals”. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the same department.

Melting Pot: Free Experimental and Improvised Music From İstanbul

Percussion: Amy Sasgiver
Electronics: Başar Ünder
Tenor saxophone: Robert Reigle
Kaval: Serkan Şener
Guitar: Şevket Akıncı