April 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

SALT Galata’s Open Archive is a project space which “explores possible relationships between archives, democracy, and transparency,” in line with SALT’s belief that in order to be of value, archives must be available to all.

O Zamanlar Konusuyorduk (It was a Time of Conversation) is SALT’s second Open Archive project. It was a Time of Conversation deals with the art scene in Turkey in the early-mid 1990s, a time when, according to the project’s organizers, “institutionalization was still at a minimum.” The documents, videos, and other sources in It was a Time of Conversation focus specifically on three exhibitions from this period: Elli Numara / Ani/Bellek II (Number Fifty / Memory/Recollection II), GAR (Railway Station), which ran for just a single day in 1995 at the Ankara Train Station before being closed by the Station Directorate on grounds of immorality; and Küresellesme – Devlet, Sefalet, Siddet (Globalization – State, Misery, Violence), a parallel exhibition of the 4th Istanbul Biennial in 1995, dealing with individual and state violence.
When: February 8 – April 22
How much: Free



March 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

If you are about to visit Istanbul (or live in Istanbul) there is one exhibition that should be at the top of your to do list : Van Gogh Alive. It’s simply breathtaking. You enter the exhibition and you feel like you’re in another world. It’s a huge space where Van Gogh paintings surround you and tell you a story. You hear classical music,such as Gymnopedie #1, that match the paintings and you read inpiring quotes from Van Gogh. It’s one of those exhibitions that you want to see again because it gives you peace and take all kinds of negative thoughts away; it lets you forget all your worries. 

I won’t live without love.

I would rather die of passion than of boredom

Van Gogh Alive will be going on until the 15th of May at Antrepo 3 (Karaköy-Istanbul). Thank you for the Van Gogh photos Ece!


February 10, 2012 § 1 Comment

74STUDIO is looking for interns!

’74Studio is a Creative Studio and Agency located in the oldest district of Istanbul-Karakoy specializing in Graphic Design and Brand Making. With a team of multi-disciplinary designers, we bring to life well thought out designs and craft a powerful body of work for a client, list of individuals, brands and institutions. We value immaculate and meticulous designs and believe that visual communication using different mediums exceeds expectations both aesthetically and strategically. 74studio also provides the grounds for expression of independent ideas and artistic visions, using it as a platform for collaboration; we join forces with other artists to produce work that is unique, thoughtful, innovative and memorable. Our disciplines include Brand Consultancy, Art Direction, Image-Making, Typography, Music, Art, Motion, Culture, Video, Photography and Fashion.’

If interested and living in Istanbul, please email immediately!


January 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

It is nudity that allowed many artist to create sculptures, paintings and photographs throughout many years. Lately there has been quite a lot of exhibitions on the subject. For example Czech photographer Pavel Bruntzlik shows the naked human form as part of a geometrical system, urging viewers to look at their own bodies in a completely different way. American photographer Ryan McGinley’s work has forever shown youth, freedom and the joy of being wholly in the moment using naked woman portraits.

Images from Ryan McGinley and abstruse. Collages by pop.see.cul


January 3, 2012 § 1 Comment

Animated GIFs have turned into quite a movement on blogs and tumblrs all over the internet this year. As a special Christmas gif(t) to us, 10 very talented german artists are taking the animated GIF out of the internet and putting it into a live exhibition. You can see their work at iheartBerlin.

“The Future is Glamorous” by Katja Hentschel, 2011,

“Looking Backward // Moving Forward” by Hara Katsiki, 2011,

“We will be equal” by Katja Hentschel, 2011,

“Dead Hipster” by Clemens Poloczek, 2011,

“Smoking won’t be banned” by Florian Kolmer, 2011,


December 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here are a few final projects from MA Graphic Moving Image students at London College of Communication. To view all of them ( + description of videos ) please click here.

Alex Holstein – Shadowscope

Maria Rocha – Performing Words – King of Gap

Martim Monica – The Veil of time

Roman Kim – Ritual


Picture 1+3 from LCC staff, picture 2 by Scarlett Fu


July 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

pop.see.cul : Can you briefly describe yourself?

Hello, This is Kei Kobayashi. I am originally from Japan. I came to London to study abroad in 2006, and graduated from Central Saint Martins, BA Graphic Design course in 2010. After university, I started working as cutting assistant in Rob Ryan‘s studio.

pop.see.cul : Can you talk a little bit about your final major project at Central St Martins. What was your aim?

My final major project was a tribute to my childhood memories. The concept was ‘Nostalgia’. I created a toy, a paper puppet set, which was inspired by three books from my childhood. ‘The Three Bears’ by Tolstoy, ‘Birthday’ by Hans Fischer and ‘Caroline en Europe’, which my mum bought on their honeymoon in New Caledonia. When my mum went there, she found that book accidently. When she was a child, this book was also her favourite. When I was 3 years old, she gave it to me. The books prompted me to come over to Europe.

I was trying to make people touch the artwork using their five human senses. It is not always true that a person’s childhood toys go on to become their nostalgic treasures; but this was the case for a number of people I talked to, and it was the case for me. Some nostalgic treasures always stay with me in my daily life. Treasures take different forms for every person, however the toy, for me  is capable of fulfilling many of the requirements of a treasure. And I hope that my paper puppet will be a treasure for someone in the future.

pop.see.cul : What is the first thing you remember about your childhood? Your best or worst memories perhaps.

When I was a child, my favourite moment was when my mum told me stories every night before I went to bed. I still remember the colours of each scene and phrase. My worst memory is the day when my cat passed away.

pop.see.cul : What inspires you the most?

Not only art and design but also a trips in Europe. For example, the view from an airplane or a beautiful sunset at the seaside.

pop.see.cul : What are your plans for the future? What is your dream?

I would like to be a designer who can create quality artwork that people want to keep for their whole lives, allowing it to become a treasure.

pop.see.cul : How would you describe your style in general?

I have always described my work as ‘hand made graphic design’. It’s really difficult to explain it, because I have not only did graphic design but also fashion and product design. But all of my work was handmade. Therefore, I love to use the term ‘hand made style’

Some of Kei’s sketchbook pages :

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