Istanbul

Insanlar – “Kime Ne”

Esra | January 24th, 2014

Insanlar

Where do I begin? This track insidiously stirs up feelings that lie dormant inside bottomless vaults of my brain reserved for memories I have chosen to forget – memories of swaying through nocturnal Istanbul at ungodly hours, running into old loves, fragments of futile conversations that haunt you the next day.

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Gantz

Esra | January 23rd, 2014

Gantz

You know how whenever a Turkish artist/novelist/musician/painter creates anything, some journalist will pick the term “East meets West” out of a possible million other insightful phrases available to human intelligence to describe it?

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Deform Muzik

Esra | January 22nd, 2014

Deform Muzik

If you love vinyl and have a penchant for sauntering through Istanbul’s semi-gentrified neighbourhoods, then pay a visit to Deform Muzik, a lovely little record shop nestled in an alleyway among local antique shops in Çukurcuma in the Beyoğlu district.

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Başka Sinema

Esra | January 21st, 2014

Baska Sinema

What do you do when you want to watch a film these days? If your answer is “I suffer through online streaming channels that are littered with X-rated ads to find one fully-functioning link without Russian subtitles on it,” then you’ve got to re-evaluate the way you appreciate this very crucial art form. Read More

Balcony Beats By Nodul

Esra | January 21st, 2014

NODUL

Fresh from Istanbul-based record label Tektosag, Balcony Beats by Nodul is a synth-heavy 11-track LP, that, at times, is reminiscent of 90s trip-hop.

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FLAT

Esra | January 21st, 2014

FLAT

FLAT is an Istanbul-based furniture design company, melding sustainability with modern design aesthetics.

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Ayşe Erkmen – Intervals

Esra | December 11th, 2013

Ayse Erkmen: Intervals, The Curve, Barbican, London, UK.

Ayşe Erkmen is a Turkish artist who lives and works in Istanbul and Berlin. For her new exhibition in London’s Barbican Gallery, Intervals, Erkmen has created a moving scenery, an interactive installation where a series of scenic backdrops move up and down on an automated fly system, translating the language of theatre into an art gallery.

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Grup Ses Beats – “Dilo Dilo Boys”

Esra | December 9th, 2013

Grup Ses Beats

Master of Turkish funk mash-ups Grup Ses Beats presents a new track, “Dilo Dilo Boys”, a killer piece mixing Beastie Boys samples with a backdrop of “Yaylalar” by Selda Bagcan, aka the godmother of that genre music nerds now call Anatolian prog-psych-protest-funk or something.

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Gülsün Karamustafa – A Promised Exhibition

Esra | December 7th, 2013

Gulsun Karamustafa

Celebrating artist Gülsün Karamustafa’s four-decade-long career is a new retrospective, A Promised Exhibition, at Istanbul’s SALT Beyoglu and SALT Galata galleries.

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Florian Keller at Arkaoda

Esra | December 7th, 2013

Florian Keller

Friday, (13th Dec) Kadikoy’s finest local Arkaoda will be home to a gig by funk legend, cratedigger, radio-editor DJ Florian Keller.

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Istanbul 2020: Culture and Sports Park

Esra | October 17th, 2013

MasterPlan

Istabul 2020: Culture and Sports Park is an architecture project by Yale School of Architecture graduate Teoman Ayas. Read More

Bülent Journal

Esra | October 15th, 2013

BulentIzzy Finkel, writer and translator, and Thomas Roueché, writer and researcher, are two friends who met at SOAS university where Finkel was studying Turkish and Central Asian politics, and Roueché was doing Turkish studies. Obviously they soon discovered they had a common interest: Turkey.

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ATÖLYE Istanbul

Esra | October 12th, 2013

Atolye

ATÖLYE Istanbul is a new Istanbul-based production creativity hub/workspace, brought to you by Engin Ayaz and Kerem Alper.

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Dora Teymur

Esra | October 10th, 2013

dora_teymur

London-based Dora Teymur is an up-and-coming Turkish fashion designer who has recently launched the Autumn/Winter 2013 collection of his eponymous shoe brand. Read More

Fields Studio

Esra | October 2nd, 2013

fields copy

Istanbul-based Fields is an architecture and industrial design studio, founded by Mevce and Eren Çıracı, who cut their teeth in upscale London-based design and architecture studios before deciding to set up shop in their home turf to ameliorate the design/architecture industry in Turkey, and “give back to the community”, as it were. Read More