Web Biennial 2020 APEIRON
Istanbul Museum is proud to present The Web Biennial, an online, independent, international media arts festival. The Web Biennial aims at
serving as a portal for experimental and non-representational electronic art. It focuses on network-based alternative art practices. It was
founded by artist and theoretician Genco Gulan in 2003.
The Web Biennial’s Title This Year: APEIRON.
As a term coined by the ancient philosopher Anaximander ( 610 – 546 BC), APEIRON carries meanings like “indefinite” but also “boundless” and
“infinite”. Even though we have lived in different epochs, Anaximander is from the Menderes region of Western Turkey. We drank the same
waters and swam in the same seas, thus we feel that he is our fellow citizen. The concept of APEIRON is to bring hope to the artists within the
current pessimistic atmosphere of the pandemic. During the days, in which a dystopia has turned into reality, we choose to still believe, as Paul
Feyerabend (1924-1994) also says, t hat “everything is possible”, and thus to keep on creating art. To imagine and reflect upon the concept of
boundlessness has actually become one of our biggest necessities during these quarantine days. In this period, the term APEIRON and its
potential for new possibilities can also be reflected on to the promises of the communication technology.
In the first quarter of the twenty-first century, mobile applications had seriously challenged the computer-based ones and had even managed to
push them to a secondary position in the short run. By constraining our mobility, the pandemic has –in a sense- made the situation even. The
quarantine days have showed us that we do not need to choose between electronic media. We still desperately need alternative and independent
electronic exhibitions models. As they always say in Broadway, ‘the show must go on’.
Web Biennial 2020’s curator Ipek Yeginsu.
The Web Biennial’s advisory board has selected Ipek Yeginsu as the curator of the 2020 edition, APEIRON. Ms. Yeginsu is an independent art
professional living and working in Istanbul. She is an academic instructor and a Ph.D. candidate at Ozyegin University Department of Design,
Technology and Society. Curating her own exhibitions since 2013, she adopts a transdisciplinary, site-specific and pluralist-participatory
curatorial approach. She regards exhibitions not as finished products, but as elements triggering the emergence of new dialogues around them.
Her selected exhibitions include Intergalactic (Anna Laudel, 2019), “Speculative Spaces” (Kare Art, 2019), “Crossed Destinies: Homage to
Calvino” (Bilsart, 2018), and “Synchronicity” (Mebusan 25, 2017)
Candaş Şişman, Erdal İnci, Selçuk Artut, Can Büyükberber, Özcan Saraç, Meltem Şahin, Hakan Gündüz, Ayşe Gül Süter, Evrim Kavcar & Elif Öner,
Ozan Türkkan, Yusuf Ulufer, Ahmet Rüstem Ekici, Hakan Sorar, Uğur Engin Deniz, Lev Manovich, Chris Doyle, Gerhard Mantz, Soliman Lopez,
Eelco Brand, Luciano Rodriguez Arredondo, Quayola, Bjørn Erik Haugen, Claudia Hart, Kurt Hentschlager, Stephen Cartwright, Sputniko, Teri
Rueb, Stanza, Kim Albrecht, Marina Zurkow, Leonardo Selvaggio, Matthew Biederman, Garret Lynch and more.