Pırıl Gündüz has acted as the Founding Director of The Hollows Artspace, an artist residency in Brooklyn. Through exhibitions, art fairs and performances, The Hollows has hosted over 200 artists with a lively programming that included open air concerts, midnight studio sessions and talks, placing itself on the New York art map as an international cultural hub. She holds an MA degree in Media Studies from The New School,and is a graduate of the Economics and Film Studies departments of Bogazici University. She has taught 'Curating Contemporary Art' in Istanbul and Izmir.
After completing her degree in Interior Architecture at the Istanbul Technical University’s Faculty of Architecture, Lal Polater has worked as a freelance graphic designer and creative director with overseas design studios, especially in England, Greece and Switzerland, and founded Hergele Electric Scooters with her partners. While undertaking product design, branding and social media management, she continues to pursue a Business Administration degree at the Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Business Administration.
Bugay Çağlar was born in 1992 in Kastamonu. After starting his university studies at the Istanbul Technical University’s Civil Engineering Faculty in 2011, he quit, and in 2015 started studying at the same university’s Mechanical Engineering Department. He has been the assistant for Genco Gülan since 2016, and came in 3rd place in the Autodesk Fusion Modeling contest for “Modeling Complex Structure”. He makes the motor control, image processing and mechanical designs of his autonomous sculptures. In June 2018, he started hisprofessional business life in the Bus Development section of the Mercedes-Benz Türk bus factory. In December 2019, he left Mercedes Benz and established Hergele Electric Scooter Enterprise which is an e-mobility manufacturing company based in Istanbul.
Ipek 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 pluralistparticipatory 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).
Genco Gülan is a contemporary artist, curator and a theoretician. He got his MA degree in Media Studies from the New School, New York. His thesis; De-constructing the Digital Revolution (2001) was published as a print on demand book. His books are in the libraries of the Metropolitan Museum, the Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek and Salt Galata. Gulan has given conferences at Yale, the School of Visual Arts New York, and Cologne University, among many others. He founded the Istanbul Museum as an art project in 1997 and started the Web Biennial in 2003. He was on the board of The Balkan Biennial of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki (2004) and in the International Programming Committee of Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts in Singapore (2008). Gulan has recently received awards from Ege University (2015) and Milliyet Sanat (2019). He lives and works in Istanbul.
Damla Durman has graduated from the Performing Arts Department of Istanbul Bilgi University. She works with different media, and collaborates with artists such as Gizem Aksu, Ali Emir Topan and Güray Dinçol.
She has created a happening performance at the Mamut Art Festival ("I am walking for you"), as well as an online performance named "Meeting Neighbours" performed in Istanbul Performance Art Platform. Her fields of experience include being a curatorial assistant and an art editor, and performing in theatre and dance. Furthermore, she has worked at the Arter Museum in Istanbul. She has also taken an online design course offered by The California Institute of Arts. Currently, she works as part of the production team of the festival “24 Hours”.
Aleksia’s professional work experiences began with the start of her college life as she joined the Department of "Arts and Cultural Management" at Bilgi University. During these years, she worked in the music industry (All Stars Music Edition), and she was a member of the team that organized exhibitions within the scope of their coursework (Art 311-312 “Shh...!"). She was also an assistant director at the theatre. At the same time, she has done events together with her partner, which continues under the name of “Mangata Events”. Finally, as a graduation project, she manages the "Digital Project06 Festival" with her classmate.
BİLSEV is a foundation consisting of young artists and scientists guided by experienced advisors. Its main objective is to “light up the darkness” using science and art by developing new education models and applying them to young people to raise young scientists and artists. BİLSEV wants to spread a culture of science and art suitable with Turkey’s culture and social dynamics. It collaborates with universities, laboratories, industry and other societies to achieve these goals.