Technomania: Opening Up Technologies

1.9.2013 - 30.9.2014
Istanbul, Remersdaal, Saarbrücken


Saliha Yavuz- GriZine (Istanbul/Turkey)
Ruth Timmermans – Gonzo (circus) (Remersdaal/The Netherlands)
Mert Akbal - xm:lab/Experimental Media Lab (Saarbrücken/Germany)

Technomania is a transcultural cooperation project to reclaim technology as a public good. In independent art and media creation there is an overall apathy (ignorance) towards technological production and use of media instruments. Technomania project visited various cities throughout the year and by placing emphasis on technophobia it aimed to discuss the questions “how to use technology effectively in culture and art, and social life?”, “how easy is it to establish a relationship with technology?”.

The team held the workshops in Eskişehir, Mersin, Diyarbakır, Mardin, Istanbul, Batman, and Izmir in Turkey, and in Saarbrücken, Vienna, Budapest, Brussels, Berlin, and Amsterdam in Europe. The team received support from TANDEM’s 2011-2012 participants for the organization of workshops and selection of cities. Topics such as social media tools and their use, citizen journalism, Arduino, Blender, data mapping, and experimental musical instruments were discussed within the scope of the workshops instructed by Mert Akbal (xm:lab), Papatya Tıraşın (Grizine), Saliha Yavuz (Grizine), Oğulcan Ekiz (140 Journos), and Osman Koç.
                                            
Workshops:
25 January 2014 - Saarbrücken, Evangelische im Saarland
Visualisation with Blender for School Children (xm:lab, Mert Akbal)
1 February 2014- Saarbrücken, Evangelische im Saarland
Visualisation with Blender for School Children (xm:lab, Mert Akbal)
5-6 February 2014 – Mersin, Mersin University
In Scope of an Internet Conference
How to Create a Content?: Social Media (GriZine, Papatya Tıraşın, Saliha Yavuz)
17 February 2014 - Diyarbakır, Diyarbakır Art Center
How to Create a Content?: Social Media (GriZine, Papatya Tıraşın, Saliha Yavuz)
18 February 2014 - Diyarbakır, Diyarbakır Art Center
Citizen Journalism (140 Journos, Oğulcan Ekiz)
20 February 2014 - Mardin, Mardin Cinema Association
How to Create a Content?: Social Media (GriZine, Papatya Tıraşın, Saliha Yavuz)
21 February 2014 - Mardin, Mardin Cinema Association
Citizen Journalism (140 Journos, Oğulcan Ekiz)
25 February 2014- Vienna
Prototyping a Game with Blender (xm:lab, Mert Akbal)
5 March 2014- Istanbul, İskele 47
Prototyping a Game with Blender (xm:lab, Mert Akbal)
18 -19 March 2014 - Mersin, Mersin University Faculty of Fine Arts
Prototyping a Game with Blender 3D (xm:lab, Mert Akbal)
21 March 2014 - Mersin, Mersin Art Collective
Arduino: Responsive Everyday Objects (Osman Koç)
23 March 2014 - Batman, Batman Culture and Art Association
Arduino: Responsive Everyday Objects (Osman Koç)
24 March 2014- Batman, Batman Culture and Art Association
Prototyping a Game with Blender 3D (xm:lab, Mert Akbal)
3 April 2014 – Budapest, Tandem Meeting
How to Create a Content?: Social Media (GriZine, Saliha Yavuz)
23 May 2014- Brussels, Recycle Art
How to Create a Content?: Social Media (GriZine, Saliha Yavuz)
26 May 2014 - Amsterdam, Hogeschool van Amsterdam
How to Create a Content?: Social Media (GriZine, Saliha Yavuz)
27 May 2014 - Amsterdam, Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond
How to Create a Content?: Social Media (GriZine, Saliha Yavuz)
3 June 2014- Saarbrücken, HBK Saar Fine Art Department
Artist Management Tools (GriZine, Saliha Yavuz)
1 August 2014 – Izmir, IO
Prototyping a Game with Blender (xm:lab, Mert Akbal)

Website: www.technomani.eu

Supporting Organizations: HBKSaar Saarbrücken, Kuma Talks, Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond Amsterdam, Hogeschool van Emsterdam, Bar Reclart Brussels, Atelier Karina Fernandez Vienna, Exceptnet Hungary, Evangelical Church of Saarland, Helmholtz Gymnasium, Zweibrücken, İskele 47 Istanbul, 140 Journos Istanbul, Mersin Art Initiative, Mersin University Faculty of Fine Arts, Diyarbakır Art Center, Diyarbakır Cinema Association, Mardin Cinema Association, Batman Culture and Art Association.