Participants selected for the Istanbul Biennial Production and Research Programme attend seminars and workshops that are held weekly for 6 months. The programme is redesigned every period according to the interests and needs of the participants.
Each of the participants is assigned a mentor, who will meet and regularly discuss their projects for 6 months. The mentors are decided together with the participants, taking into account the needs of the participants and their projects.
The Production and Research Programme also helps the participants reach the people, institutions and technical support they require in connection with their technical needs and theoretical curiosities.
In order for the programme to be productive, it is important that the participants have one or more working projects/ideas throughout the programme. The participants develop these projects/ideas during the programme in cooperation with other participants and working with mentors. The projects are monitored through presentations made to the members of the Advisory Board in the middle and at the end of the programme.
Mentors of the 2021-2022 Period
Bager Akbay, Sena Başöz, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Guido Casaretto, Barış Doğrusöz, Merve Elveren, Ali Miharbi, Simon(e) van Saarloos, Erinç Seymen, Hale Tenger, Murat Tülek, Işın Önol, Çağla Özbek, Marina Papazyan, Fulya Peker, Yasemin Ülgen
Mentors of the 2020-2021 Period
Orton Akıncı, Esra Aysun, Övül Durmuşoğlu, Banu Cennetoğlu, Kevser Güler, Banu Karaca, Emre Koyuncu, Ali Miharbi, Gülşah Mursaloğlu, Burak Onaran, İz Öztat, Yasemin Ülgen, Sibel Yardımcı, Zeynep Sirel Günsür Yüceil, Yoğunluk Kollektifi, Dilek Winschester
Mentors of the 2019-2020 Period
Bager Akbay, Halil Altındere, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Duygu Demir, Pelin Derviş, Merve Elveren, Köken Ergun, İnci Eviner, Leyla Gediz, Sibel Horada, Yasemin Özca, İz Öztat, Ali Taptık, Ezgi Tuncer and Dilek Winchester.
Mentors of the 2018-2019 Period
Fulya Erdemci, Jean François Perouse, Nazlı Gürlek, Merve Elveren, Hale Tenger, Zeynep Dadak, Serdar Soydan, Tuğçe Tuna, Süreyyya Evren, Zeynep Öz, Gürcan Keltek, Esra Aysun, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, İz Öztat, Ali Taptık, Burak Delier, Tunca Subaşı, Deniz Gül and Burak Tamer.
Seminars and Workshops
After the selection of the participants, the coordinator of the programme, Zeyno Pekünlü, creates weekly seminars and workshops specifically designed for the interests and needs of that years’ participants in consultation with the advisory board for a period of 6 months. The seminars and workshops are presented by prominent artists, performers and scholars from variety of backgrounds and disciplines. The participants are also encouraged to shape the programme with their feedbacks.
In the past 4 terms, with regard to the needs and research topics of the participants, the programme hosted theoretical and practice-based seminars and workshops in the fields of social sciences such as art history, political history, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, cultural studies, film and media studies, gender studies and disability studies as well as in fields of positive sciences such as astrophysics, neuroscience, botanics, forensics and psychiatry. The theoretical seminars are followed by artist talks and interventions by prominent artists from the fields of visual arts, cinema, literature, performance and music in order to provide a variety of artistic perspectives. The workshop and seminar programmes are not open to the public to provide a safe space for the participants to speak their minds openly and freely surrounded by long-term colleagues.
Some of the artists, researchers and academics who contributed the programme are Adrian Heathfield, Amar Kanwar, Aslı Zengin, Ayça Çiftçi, Aykan Safoğlu, Aylin Kuryel, Ayşe Erek, Banu Cennetoğlu, Banu Karaca, Barış Doğrusöz, Begüm Özden Fırat, Burak Delier, Bülent Gözkan, Can Altay, Cenk Özbay, Cooking Sections, Çağla Özbek, David Teh, Deniz Gül, Eda Yiğit, Elif Öner, Emin Alper, Emre Hüner, Emre Işık, Emre Koyuncu, Emre Şan, Emre Yeksan, Eray Çaylı, Evrim Hikmet Öğüt, Evrim Kavcar, Eylül Şenses, Fırat Genç, Gabi Ngcobo, Gayatri Kodikal, Gurur Ertem, Haegue Yang, Irene Calabuch Mirón, İsmet Akça, James Voorhies, Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Köken Ergun, Louis Moreno, Meriç Öner, Merve Elveren, Metin Akdemir, Monster Chetwynd, Nazlı Gürlek, Neslihan Şengör, Nicolas Bourriaud, Nora Tataryan, Onur Yıldız, Ozan Atalan, Özlem Altın, Saffet Murat Tura, Saliha Yavuz, Sami Gülgöz, Serdar Soydan, Sevim Sancaktar, Sezai Ozan Zeybek, Sezin Öner, Sibel Yardımcı, Sinan Erensü, Sriwhana Spong, Thiago Rocha Pitta, Umut Yıldırım, Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Yen Noh.