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Kitsch, Gezi Protest, Public Squares, Taksim, and Mücella Yapıcı : Spatial Organisation of Socialism

Is the revolution simply changing the owners of the same vehicles or becoming a collective owner? Is there a right to free travel without burning the car?In 2013 right after the Gezi protests, I had a chance to travel and to held research in Cuba about the spatial organization of public and semi-public spaces after 1960. And the contrast in governmental approach between Turkey and Cuba in particular management and control of the public squares made me understand better the reasons behind Gezi Protests.  >> read more

Brief History of the Museum Development in Taiwan

The Western concept of designating cities as cultural capitals allows everyone to value museums and galleries. Nevertheless, not all museums, especially those without well-known holdings, have the financial clout of super-star museums. Narrower museums can be restricted in their ability to provide tourists with an engaging environment given the inherent economic circumstances and limited funding. Even these museums, through operating together in groups, will add to a city’s cultural identity and present a part of it to the outside world, as well as fuel local growth.  >> read more

Transnationalism in art, national pronouns, political correction etc.

Gender pronoun questions lead me to an epiphany about national pronouns. Certain ideologic/ patriotic assumptions tell us to accept what the national identity of our passports dictates. I am dreaming in near future the question of “what is your national pronoun?” will be the norm. I do not have a solid answer yet, most probably it will be something like “ohh, I do not believe in nation-states but I would say I am an ethnic cocktail. I am from Turkey.” Am I demanding too much policy discourse from the art world? Do I care because I am simply a migrant in Europe? >> read more

Multiculturalism and  Museums

The western definition of culture based on the time-traveling approach, includes the tree-age system, ranked people who had less equipped as primitive in the hierarchic frame of ethnography. Urbanization and the industrial revolution are still considered the biggest human development in history therefore some civilizations owning them the very first creates the idea of privileged society. This brings the question of what makes a society primitive under what categorization. Hence, the question emerges how this western perspective applies to the exhibiting strategies? Assimilating or exoticizing?  >> read more

Critical remarks on Museuminsel and problems of nationalism

Prussian Art Politics had a lot to do with shaping museum power in Germany. The 19th-century museum boom reflects upon the museum architecture by reviving the classical temple architecture elements in the museum exterior. The classical style of architecture represented the noble aspects of civilizations; hence it becomes the vocabulary of museum architecture within the ideological frame.  >> read more

Post Apartheid Museology And Museum Definition

Cape Town Six District: Deconstruction of an apartheid suburban area to the memorial cultural district.District Six has become an iconic landmark in Cape Town and a reminder of the dispossession and injustice committed to its residents as a result of the Group Areas Act implemented during the apartheid era.  >> read more

Louvre Abu Dhabi, New Museum Definition and Branding

The museum agreement with Abu Dhabi was praised by French President Jacques Chirac, who said it represents a particular vision of the future in which each party to the agreement is proud of its heritage and identity but still acknowledging the fair equality of all cultures. >> read more

Critical remarks on Art Institutions in the UAE

The article is intended to unfold the dialogue between national initiatives and architects and how it affects planning decisions, architectural vocabulary, and overall urban relationships.. The political intervention of the USA and the French government in the Arab emirates reflect on the cultural face of the non-nation base state.  2007 is an important year for middle eastern countries in Dubai and Qatar; many art galleries popped up. International city branding and prestige projects of the Louvre and Guggenheim in Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi started like that. It seems like the museums bring progressive development to these conservative countries, which have strict censorship.>> read more

How to use safe and hype political topics to elevate  your art career

Let’s talk about safe and hype political topics in the art world which are almost necessary to be involved. >> read more

Institutional Critique. Museum Islands and the New Museology

The museum phenomena have been centered on debates in many layers, their architecture, their typology and their role in society. The museum’s historical role iis a giant field in today’s academic world; nevertheless, there is a consensus about a certain aspects of museums’ function.One of those aspects is that they are cultural institutions. Although there are controversial points on their primary role in showing colonial experience and national power, the ‘modern’ museums are, whether self-claimed or officially declared, educational and cultural institutions. However, the economic role of the museum notably changed in time, especially after the emergence of mega museums.>> read more

New Museum Definitions

Spirituality left its place to rationality with the enlightenment and these days rationality evolves political rationality. Hence the social justice demand from museums is increasing day by day.What is a museum? Before starting a museum discussion, let’s give a brief explanation about their role. The museum phenomena have been centered on debates in many layers, their architecture, their typology, and their role in society. The historical role of the museum is a giant field in today’s academic world nevertheless there is a consensus about certain aspects of museums’ function. One of those aspects is that they are cultural institutions. >> read more