Multiplicity of media in :mentalKLINIK Istanbul survey show

SURVEY EXHIBITION TURKEY ARTIST GROUP

The 12th Istanbul Biennial is not the only current exhibition of contemporary art worth noting in the Turkish capital, “That’s Fucking Awesome”, an exhibition of Turkish artist duo, :mentalKLINIK, was on view at the Haskoy Yarn Factory through October 2011.

mentalKLINIK, 'Moët-1102', 2011, alluminium, 80 x 56 x 77 cm. Image courtesy Reha Arcan.

mentalKLINIK, 'Moët-1102', 2011, alluminium, 80 x 56 x 77 cm. Image courtesy Reha Arcan.

Multiplicity of media

“That’s Fucking Awesome” surveys ten years of work by the internationally exhibited art group, :mentalKLINIK. The pop-up exhibition, curated by Jérôme Sans, the soon-to-be former Director of the Ullens Center of Contemporary Art in Beijing, China, features works in multiple artistic forms such as sound, sculpture, video and multimedia. This multiplicity of media proves the intentions of the artists to provide both a survey of works and an experience for the audience. According to the exhibition press release, the show is an “open laboratory to reinvent process, production, roles, conception and presentation” and is described as an “introspective rather than a retrospective” of :mentalKLINIK’s work.

Click here to watch a video interview with curator Jérôme Sans in which he discusses the exhibition “That’s Fucking Awesome”.

mentalKLINIK, 'DoubleCherry (Jet Black)', aluminium cast, high gloss paint spray finish, 117 x 72 x 170 cm. Image courtesy Cihan Kirisgiloglu and Merve Duman.

:mentalKLINIK, 'DoubleCherry (Jet Black)', aluminium cast, high gloss paint spray finish, 117 x 72 x 170 cm. Image courtesy Cihan Kirisgiloglu and Merve Duman.

Challenging traditional exhibition space

:mentalKLINIK was founded in 1998 by artists Yasemin Baydar (1972, Istanbul) and Birol Demir (1967, Ankara). As :mentalKLINIK, Baydar and Demir have never restricted their artistic practice; the artist duo produce videos, sound installations, objects, texts and media works in the form of computer software. The group established a workshop, or studio as defined by traditional artists, in Istanbul in 2000, and since, have held many solo exhibitions internationally, most notably “Self01” at MUDAM Camp De Base in Luxembourg in 2004. The artist duo has also made moves into cyberspace with their 2008 to 2009 exhibition “TagCloud”, which existed almost entirely online, forcing audience members to repeatedly visit the site in order to experience the presentation in its entirety. The unique characteristics of “TagCloud” alter the general conception of duration within an exhibition-viewing context and this type of investigative questioning of audience experience can be found in much of :mentalKLINIK’s work to date.

Yasemin Baydar and Birol Demir, mentalKLINIK. Image courtsey Mustafa Nurdogdu.

Yasemin Baydar and Birol Demir, :mentalKLINIK. Image courtsey Mustafa Nurdogdu.

mentalKLINIK, 'Faker-1101', 2011, glass, micro-layered polyester films, anodized aluminium, liquid polymer resin, 103 x 203 cm. Image courtesy Reha Arcan.

:mentalKLINIK, 'Faker-1101', 2011, glass, micro-layered polyester films, anodised aluminium, liquid polymer resin, 103 x 203 cm. Image courtesy Reha Arcan.

“That’s Fucking Awesome” was on view at Haskoy Yarn Factory in Istanbul from 17 September to 22 October, 2011.

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