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.