Contemporary Istanbul continues its interest in new media art in its 13th edition, hosting Plug-in for the sixth time in 2018. Plugin explores the ways in which new media can be presented and this year is based on the theme Extra/Ordinary. Curated by Ceren-Irmak Arkman and sponsored by Siemens Home Appliances, Plug-in will feature artists such as:

Nicolas Bernier, Canada; Selçuk Artut, Turkey; Mary Sibande, South Africa; Saint Machine, Romania; Sebastien Lacomblez, Belgium; Felix Luque Sanchez, Spain; Ryoichi Kurokawa, Japan/Germany; Lia, Austria; Joanie Lemercier, France/Belgium; Can Büyükberber, Turkey/USA; Paul Myoda, USA; 1024, France; Fernando Velazquez, Columbia/Brazil; Ursula Berlot, Slovenia; and Jonathan Monaghan, USA.

About Plugin

With the ever increasing speed of change and the number of images we are subjected to every day, it has become harder than ever for the artists to catch up with the times and capture the imagination of the masses. New media claims to do just that. And while doing so it transforms the art audience and the art institutions themselves.

As new media continues its experimentation with novel ways of doing art, Plugin will continue experimenting with better ways to present new media.

Theme will be Extra/Ordinary

Focusing on the potential of technology and new media to make the ordinary, unusual, surprising and impressive, the exhibition seeks to offer a wide range of new media choices. Technology has become a part of our lives that we could never predict before, and although it is almost ordinary in this sense, it still manages to stay magical. The new media, which is the nearest area of art with technology, also escalating this magic into growing art spaces. The line between ordinary and extraordinary becomes increasingly uncertain in both life and art.

Curated by Ceren-Irmak Arkman

Ceren and Irmak Arkman have been organizing international festivals, screenings, exhibitions, live AV events, workshops and seminars in the feld of digital arts and design both in Turkey and abroad since 2005.  Starting off as a non-proft organization called Kurye Video, they formed the most formidable video archive in Istanbul and organized various festivals and held the frst AR exhibition of the world in 2012. Also, they developed Contra, the frst contemporary Turkish artist fair to take place outside of Turkey.

Their collaboration with Plugin, on the other hand, is nothing new: they had developed the original concept with CI back in 2013, running the section for two consecutive years. After last year’s successful collaboration in “Natura Nova” exhibition, the Plugin section will continue and grow with “Extra/Ordinary” exhibition this year.