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Tomorrow is not far away than today

 

Daire Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition, Latest Version, featuring the works of Selçuk Artut, Hayal İncedoğan, Ozan Türkkan and Cemre Yeşil, who frequently employ today’s technology in their artistic production.


The final point of technological development always lies in the present day. In each and every narrative in which technology and development are mentioned side-by-side, the narrative itself becomes a tool to describe a forward movement from the previously occupied position to a more fascinating one. According to this approach, today’s technology is the most advanced point we, as human beings, have managed to reach. The concept of technology has always a tacit implication of the notions that tomorrow will be different than today, we will never come to a standstill, and there will always be a further point waiting to be reached for human kind. It also affirms that the humanity will always be developing in a positive fashion. However, when we take a glance at today’s world, it is worth asking, whether the image we see is completely positive.
 

Technology, according to Heidegger, among its other definitions, is “a means to an end.”[1] This instrumentalist point of view connotes that technology will always be put in use for the development and wellbeing of the humanity. However in the course of human history, it is witnessed innumerable times that this precious instrument given to human beings to rule the nature, was deliberately misused and consequently resulted in destruction. It might be the most disregarded negative impact of technology that human beings, just to maximise what they can do in their considerably limited lifespan, choose air travel over other forms of transportation only to be able to travel faster, even though the link between aviation and air pollution is widely known[2]. In WWII the human beings who utilized the vast amount of destructive energy that obtained from atom splits, aka atomic bomb, have performed the most objectionable form of technology abuse beyond doubt. In short, what technology brings to the use of the society does not always produce a positive linear development. When technological development is put into a historical perspective, it becomes clearer that every new day might not be as “developed” as we presumed. 

It’s only natural that we have been observing the impacts of technological age in many different branches of art as it is ingrained in art’s character to reflect our experiences. While art is carrying out its duty of mirroring our lives, each day more contemporary artists reflect technological interactions in their artistic production on many different levels.

This group exhibition, which puts the impacts of technology on individuals, society and on earth under the scrutinising eye of the art, brings together the works of four artists who are employing the methods of new media which are enabled by new technological developments. In Last Version they will be presenting their works produced in many different techniques. In this show, artists, while addressing the everyday issues of the people of the new world, who are completely surrounded by technological instruments, will also re-interpret the relationship between technology and the human beings.

 

The group exhibition Latest Version, featuring the works of Selçuk Artut, Hayal İncedoğan, Ozan Türkkan and Cemre Yeşil will run from May 23, July 5. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00 – 19:00.

 



[1] Heidegger, M. (1977) The Question Concerning Technology and Other Essays, Harper and Row Publishers, p.12-13

[2] Artut, S. (2014) Teknoloji-İnsan Birlikteliği, Ayrıntı Yayınları, İstanbul, p.23.

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