Arkas Art Center
After Istanbul, the second meeting of the collaboration project, in which Arkas Art Center and Elgiz Museum mutually host their collections, will take place in Izmir. Following the March 4 opening of "Nature, Gardens, Dreams in the Arkas Collection" at the Elgiz Museum, "Myths and Dreams in the Elgiz Collection" opened at the Arkas Art Center on March 26.
Curated by Billur Tansel, "Myths and Dreams" presents new perspectives by discussing the transformation and evolution of nature and humans over time through the concepts of ecosophy and autopoïese. The exhibition, which can be visited between March 26 and July 31, 2022 at the Arkas Art Center in Izmir, was opened to the public with a reception hosted by Arkas Holding Chairman Lucien Arkas and attended by Elgiz Museum Founder Can Elgiz and representatives from the business world.
Arkas and Elgiz, who have been contributing to the cultural and artistic life of Izmir and Istanbul for many years, shared their passion for art and their thoughts on collecting in a conversation moderated by project director Müjde Unustası, Myths and Dreams exhibition curator Billur Tansel and Nature, Gardens, Dreams exhibition curator Jean Luc Maeso.
Inspired by the pandemic, the climate crisis, the failure of renewable energy sources to reach the desired level, etc., the exhibition "Myths and Dreams" focuses on ecological concerns. It aims to reveal new perspectives through the concepts of ecosophy and autopoïese (self-renewal) put forward by French political activist and psychoanalyst Felix Guattari.
A New Approach by French Psychoanalyst Guattari: Ecosophy
Guattari, who brings striking insights to issues that have been debated for years in the history of philosophy and adds a new intellectual dimension to the science of ecology with his thesis on ecosophy, discovers the sensitivities and ideological dimension of ecology in his research. In order to unify his discoveries, he considers the concept of ecology in three dimensions. Environmental, social and mental. By combining these dimensions, he proposes the concept of ecosophy.
Guattari, who focuses on the interconnection and bidirectional relationship between human and nature, presents ecological threats such as the climate problem as a problematic with the concept of ecosophy. He deepens his research on issues such as unexpected changes in the climate and the damages of the material wastes that humans use to sustain their lives. In this direction, he draws attention to the importance of the process of self-renewal, which he calls autopoïese. Diversifying the dimensions of the concept of ecosophy, Guattari emphasizes the importance of ethics and aesthetics, art and science being close to each other. According to Guattari, if a collective perception can be created with the aesthetics of ecosophy and solidarity can be developed, there can be a real harmony with nature. He goes as far as the understanding of ethics, principles and behaviors of the societies that the concept of ecosophy brings with it.
Reflections of Ecosophy in Art at the "Myths and Dreams" Exhibition
Curator Billur Tansel's exhibition Myths and Dreams, created from the Elgiz Collection, aims to investigate how artists from different cultures address the concept of ecosophy and what kind of suggestions they make.
The first part of the exhibition, Myths, focuses on the concerns and issues pointed out by the artists, while the second part, Dreams, aims to reflect on possible solutions together with art lovers in order to reach the world of dreams.In addition to seminars and artist talks, various workshops for children will be organized throughout the exhibition.
Running from March 26 to July 31, 2022 at the Arkas Art Center, the exhibition "Myths and Dreams" will feature works that question topics such as the relationship between man and nature, man's behavior and way of being, his place in society, his responsibilities to the society and the world in which he lives, and which, according to the curator, are created by artists with various concerns.
Some of the artists whose works will be included in the selection are Alex Prager, Antonio Riello, Aslı Torcu, Azade Köker, Barbara Kruger, Bengü Karaduman, Burhan Doğançay, Cindy Sherman, Daniele Buetti, Danielle Kwaaitaal, Darren Almond, David LaChappelle, David Tremlett, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Fausto Gilberti, Flavio Favelli, Friederike Feldmann,Guillermo Mora, Günther Förg, Hale Tenger, Hiroshi Sugito, Jack Vanarsky, Loris Cecchini, Murat Germen, Oleg Dou, Olivier Blanckart, Ömer Uluç, Özlem Günyol, Pan Yue, Paul Hodgson, Piero Gilardi, Pieter Ombregt, Robert Gligorov, Steinunn Thorarinsdottìr, Thomas Struth, Tomur Atagök, Veijko Zejak, Xavier Veilhan.