Bio: Piril Gunduz

Before coming to the New School, I studied Economics and Film Studies and took classes from Fine Arts and Gender studies at the Bosphorus University in Istanbul. After graduating, I worked for Istanbul Modern Art Museum and also for a Turkish artist, who is an alumnus of TNS Media Studies program.  Last semester, I co-founded a student organization called BriCollab Art at The New School, which is open to all New School students.

My interest in civic media comes from the changes I would like to see happening.I have some ideas which could be developed as projects regarding:

1) Creating an alternative economic model, which helps supporting of independent artists financially, breaking the link between art production and capitalist market mechanism. –> more political/honest art

2) Stopping the repetitions of gender stereotypes which are everywhere, even in our language, which is, for example, manifested in the use of slang words –> a better childhood, a better everyday life,  a better world :)

3) Creation of art collaboratively, without an artistic “genius” behind. –> Making peace with the maker/creator inside of every individual, other ways of experiencing art and media, different aesthetics

If you share the same concerns, I would love to discuss/brainstorm further with you! It would really help me figure out whether these ideas are relevant/feasible  or not.

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2 Comments on “Bio: Piril Gunduz”

  1. February 2, 2012 at 12:33 am #

    I agree fully with your third concern and am sympathetic to your first two as well. I think it is more fitting to talk of art as a combinatorial process instead of an original one. Indeed I think this emphasis on collaboration extends across all domains of human creative activity. Instead of talking of a maker/creator, we can speak of assemblers of bricolage.

  2. Piril Gunduz
    February 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Hi Peter,
    I agree with your point that is collaboration extends across all domains of human creative activity. In addition, with the help of highly “connected” environments of our times, some artists/creators are facilitating the creation of art projects with the use of the internet and crowdsourcing methods. Some are really interesting, reflecting on new kinds of social dynamics or simply on the aesthetics of the digital.

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