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Workshop and film

Istanbul in Munich

Munich, 07/16/2013

The portrayal of Istanbul as a "cool metropolis" is the topic of a workshop and movie night, which together make the first chapter of an interdisciplinary exhibition project.

Istanbul in MunichSince October 2012, students of Social and Cultural Anthropology have been doing research and filmwork in search of traces of Istanbul in the cityscape of Munich. Within this month, you can attend the premier screening of their documentary films and have a chance to see what they have discovered so far.

Their documentary films have been produced at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology in a film and research seminar taught by Dr. des. Julia Bayer, and at the same time as part of "Call it Cool Istanbul", an art and research project currently being carried out under the direction of Dr. Derya Özkan at the Institute of European Ethnology at LMU. The aim of the project is to elucidate how the image of Istanbul as an archetype of the Oriental city has been transformed in recent years into that of a "cool metropolis". In "Call it Cool Istanbul" scholarly investigation and artistic representation go hand in hand; they conflict with and feed into each other.

The project team will present the first results of their work in the form of a workshop and film presentation on the 19th of July, 2013. In the workshop, the image of Istanbul that takes diverse forms in Munich will be discussed. The team aims to demonstrate in what ways the perception of Istanbul as "a cool city" is manifest in the local context of Munich.

The global media began to apply the tag "cool metropolis" to Istanbul in 2005, in ways similar to the naming of Berlin, Barcelona and New York as cool cities. However, there are other sides to the coolness of an urban culture, those which remain invisible to visitors and onlookers.

"Cool Istanbul exploded"
The project group is interested in defining the social changes underway in Istanbul. The whole project has taken on a new urgency as a result of the political protests that have taken place over the past month or so in connection with the occupation of the Gezi Park in the center of the city. "Istanbul has witnessed a tremendous outburst of creativity and humor. This has a lot to do with the politics of everyday life, both in Turkey as a whole and in Istanbul in particular. Cool Istanbul is not just something for tourists, not just a commercial slogan or a mainstream convention. It is also articulated in social resistance. The recent protests were accompanied by creative forms of expression that were directly linked with the urban cultures and spaces of Istanbul, as well as being linked to global movements," says Derya Özkan. "Cool Istanbul exploded."

The project, entitled "From Oriental to the Cool City. Changing Imaginations of Istanbul, Cultural Production and the Production of Urban Space," is supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in the context of its Emmy Noether Program. Two further exhibitions, jointly organized by the Institute of European Ethnology, the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at LMU and the Munich Art Academy, are planned for the coming year.

Date and Venue
19. July 2013
10:00-15:00 Workshop in the Munich City Museum (in English)
Großer Saal, Stadtmuseum, St.-Jakobs-Platz 1, 80331 Munich
20:00 Film Presentation at the Strom Klub, followed by a party.
Lindwurmstr. 88, 80337 Munich

Workshop and movie night are open to the public. Please sign up by e-mail in advance. Drop-ins are also welcome.


Dr. Derya Özkan
Institute of European Ethnology, LMU Munich
Phone: +49 89 / 2180 – 6980


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