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When Mar 16, 2017 - Mar 17, 2017
Where Istanbul, TURKEY
Submission Deadline Feb 25, 2017
Notification Due Feb 25, 2017
Final Version Due Feb 25, 2017
Categories    art   design   view   artwork

Call For Papers


“We cannot look around our corner: it is a hopeless curiosity to want to know what other kinds of intellects and perspectives there might be.


But I think that today we are at least far away from the ridiculous immodesty of decreeing from our angle that perspectives are permitted only from this angle.”

Friedrich Nietzsche[1]

The 2017 International Fine Arts Student Congress theme, Art / View, aims to explore the interactive relationship between these two considering expansive purview present-day arts. Our students’ starting point in the selection of the theme was the transformation of the concept of art through different perspectives and different cultures.

Western art takes its form at human sight since Renaissance. God-centred world perception of Medieval Age gives place to the human-centred one. Central perspective is coined by Renaissance: nature is represented from the place that human stands, in accordance with human eye. The art of Renaissance is under the gaze: spectator contemplates the work of art by facing it and the gaze is long, prudent and full of silence.

But the world is accelerated by modernity: long and prudent gaze at the work of art is replaced by a quick glance that extinguishes the viewer’s body in front of the picture.[2]

However, the art is no longer exalted following postmodernism. The viewer’s look disperses in the art object and the viewer as a subject is dissolved. For instance, one can move around an installation, touch it or move it; or one can be a part of an interactive theatre play instead of merely watching it. The conventional relationship between artwork / viewer or spectator / performer becomes invalid and the limits between them disappear. The valid one is experiencing the artwork instead of watching it.

The congress aims at underlying the content of the view in the present-day arts as well as its incoherent but interactive oscillation in the dynamism of cosmos and everyday life. The view is spread around everywhere, it splashes, it multiplies, it translocates. The art is now open to interaction instead of spectating: it is intercultural and public.

[1]Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, trans. Josefine Nauckhoff, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2008, p. 239.

[2]Hans Belting, Floransa ve Bağdat: Doğu’da ve Batıda Bakışın Tarihi, çev. Zehra Aksu Yılmazer, Koç Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2012, s. 16.

The offered key-concepts at this context:

· Art and viewpoint(s)

· Art and Different Perspectives

· Art and Interdisciplinarity

· Art and Interculturality

· Art Galleries, Museums, Stages / Public Space

· The Relationship between Art and Space

· Viewer (contemplating) / Participant (experiencing)

· Eye / Body

· Performativity in Art

· Artwork / Open Work of Art

Participation Categories:

· Exhibitions

· Performings

· Film Screenings

· Dance Performances

· Congress Papers

Theater, Film Screening and Dance Performances synopsis and Exhibition photos must be submitted to in order to be considered by the Board of Referees.

The JPEG version of original work that will be exhibited, photoblocked and shown in a catalogue, will not given back after its use.

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