Accepted Abstracts until May 22

Cathy LaudenbachLandscapes of Desire. The tourist and the contemporary spectacle.
Abstract: In 1967 French philosopher Guy Debord wrote that the world was topsy-turvy and an "absolute accumulation of spectacles" - where everything had moved away into representation. Then 20 years later he expanded this: "The tendency to replace the real with the artificial is

Keynote Lecture by Orhan Cem Çetin and Murat Germen: Culture as a Prosthetic Memory and the Way It Hurts

As one moves from simple organisms to more complex ones, it is common observation that instincts are replaced by an increasing ability -or necessity- to learn. And to teach.

In other words, simple organisms are born with a built-in memory of survival information, a precious legacy from previous generations, to which they continue to contribute.

List of Accepted Abstracts until May 22

Cathy LaudenbachLandscapes of Desire. The tourist and the contemporary spectacle.
Joshua StrydomNdino Ona Nzvimbo Yavo (I See Your Places)
Olivia WallThere's Been an Accident: The Interpretive Implications of a Photograph's Messages and Meanings in the Digital Age
Katja Hock. Giving Pause

Keynote Speaker: Murat Germen

Murat GERMEN - Sabancı University

Murat Germen is an artist using photography as an expression / research tool. He has an MArch degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he went as a Fulbright scholar and received AIA Henry Adams Gold Medal for academic excellence. Works as a professor of art, photography and new media at Sabanci University in Istanbul. Having many articles / photo series published on architecture / photography / art / new media at various magazines / books; he has been accepted to several symposia / conferences like SIGGRAPH, ISEA, Mutamorphosis, Towards a Science of Consciousness, CAe, CAC2, EVA-London, eCAADe, ASCAAD to lecture on pertinent topics. Has opened over seventy inter/national (Turkey, USA, Italy, Germany, UK, Mexico, Portugal, Uzbekistan, Greece, Japan, Russia, Iran, India, France, Canada, Bahrain, Korea, Dubai, China, Sweden, Switzerland, Egypt) exhibitions. The artist and his artistic work is represented by C.A.M. Gallery in Turkey, ARTITLED! Contemporary Art in the Netherlands-Belgium and Rosier Gallery in San Francisco. More than 300 editions of the artist’s several artworks are in personal collections of eminent art collectors inter/nationally, in addition to a few that are in Istanbul Modern’s and Proje4L Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art (Istanbul) collections. ( 
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Keynote Speaker: Orhan Cem Çetin

Çetin earns his living as an artist, a photographer, a consultant on photography and photographic technology, and as a lecturer at Istanbul Bilgi University, Bahçeşehir University and Galata Academy of Photography. He is currently a member of the advisory board of Istanbul Modern Art Museum Photography Gallery. Since the end of the 1980s, Çetin has contributed to photography education at various institutions including Istanbul University Faculty of Communication, Galata Academy of Photography, Yıldız Technical University Vocational School of Arts and Crafts, Yeditepe University Faculty of Fine Arts, Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Communication, Akademi Istanbul among others.
He opened his first solo exhibition "Familiaria" in 1988.

A self taught photographer, Çetin was born in Istanbul in 1960. In 1982, he graduated from the Department of Psychology at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul and received his MFA degree in Visual Communication Design at Istanbul Bilgi University in 2009.


CONTEMPHOTO '15 / II. International Visual Culture and Contemporary Photography Conference is a interdisciplinary conference dedicated to study the visual culture, visual documentation of the urban environment and photographic arts. The conference will be held in İstanbul on JUNE 9-10, 2015, coordinated by DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center), organized by BİLSAS (Science, Art, Sport Productions) and hosted by Nazım Hikmet Cultural Center as a part of the Istanbul Art Studies Days / Spring 2015.

CONTEMPHOTO ’15 Conference aims at achieving a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective on urban issues, identity in the form of frozen images. Multiple roles of photography are going to be explored in relation to urban psychology, daily life and self expression of the individual in urban landscapes as a document, survey, archive, journalism, advertisement, joy and hobby.

The relationship between visual history and individual throughout the last two centuries will constitute a basis for the discussion during the event. Exploring the role of how photography shapes issues of identity, place and citizenship within the city; how it documents urban otherness (that of homelessness, or of tourism); how it archives urban memory; and how it documents the celebrated and tragic variety of daily life (such as Selfie) and how it contains historical facts are the main objectives of the interdisciplinary conference of CONTEMPHOTO '15.

Istanbul Art Studies Days (IASD Spring '15) will also include CONTEMPART '15 / IV. International Contemporary Arts Conference (June 8-9) and CINE CRI '15 / II. International Film Studies and Cinematic Arts Conference (June 10-11). Several keynote lectures, artist's talks and additional events will be organized during Istanbul Art Studies Days and a registration ticket for only one of the conferences will offer free entry to all of the sessions of the three conferences. Each conference focusing on different topics, Identity issues has been decided as the common theme of the IASD Spring '15.