Declaration of Sentiments*/Gün draws on the Turkish tradition of women’s social gatherings called “gün” (meaning “day” in Turkish). A gün is a ladies’ gathering for the purposes of conversation, activities and festivities accompanied by the serving of Turkish food. These gatherings are informal hubs of social networks, where women come together; share opinions, recipes and home remedies, and skills; exchange concerns about their communities; often generating a micro-economy that involves the collection of gold or money among the members.
For ISEA2011 Istanbul, we are bringing together a number of Turkey-based women to start the basis of a cultural-exchange initiative. Guests are selected based on their contributions to contemporary culture in Turkey in a number of fields ranging from journalism, visual arts, music, literature, new media, crafts, and design.
We intend to produce a printed limited edition book based on this gathering. This book will provide the basis for a networked book which will bring Turkish women based in the United States and Europe to the conversation. With the event culminating in the publication of the printed book, we are hoping to springboard the traditions of Turkish women’s cultural production as a basis for extending the spirit of the Gün among networked women working with contemporary media.
THE NAMES OF ALL PLEDGERS (BIG or SMALL) WILL BE FORMALLY INCLUDED IN THE BOOK.
ISEA2011 (International Society for the Electronic Arts) (14-21 of September) coincides with the prestigious İstanbul Biennial (17 September-13 November) making for an unique opportunity to promote the cultural contributions of Turkish women to a broad set of audiences steeped in traditional art circuits as well as in electronic media.
* Declaration of Sentiments: In 1848 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and several other women invited the public to the First Women's Rights Convention to discuss expanding the role of women in America, and signed the Declaration of Sentiments, advocating civil, social, political, and religious rights of women.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION (TURKISH and ENGLISH) IS HERE: http://contrary.info/gun2011.pdf
The project is completely not for profit. Thank you for your time and consideration!
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