MA, Contemporary Art Practice 2022-2023 Royal College of Art
Select Group Shows
2021 Mamut Art Project
2020 Modes of Encounter
Events & Seminars 2020 Working In the Unthought Known: The Octopus and Her Tentacles, Social Dreaming Matrix Seminar, The Laboratory for Social Choreographyat Duke University, in partnership with the Centre for Social Dreaming
2018-2019 Definition of Art Group, Conceptual Art Event, İstanbul
2017-2018 Definition of Art Group, Conceptual Art Event, İstanbul
2020 Site-Specific Performance Research Program, Six Weeks, Performance Art Studies
2018-2019 Guest Student, Koc University, Fall Semester Year, İstanbul, Course: Brain and Behaviour
2018-2019 Guest Student, Koc University, Fall Semester Year, İstanbul, Course: Personality Theories
2017-2018 Guest Student, Koc University, Spring Semester Year, İstanbul, Course: Physical Theatre,
2017-2018 Guest Student, Koc University, Spring Semester Year, İstanbul, Course: Introduction to Cognitive Science
2010-2011 University of Arts London, Design Management, A Year Program, London
2009 B.A., Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Semester Year Exchange Program, Barcelona
2009 B.A., London College of Economics and Political Science, Short-term Exchange Program, London
2005-2010 B.A., Koç University, İstanbul
Movement Research and Body-Breath-work
2012-... Independent Breath & Movement Researcher & Practitioner
2017 Body-Focused Art with Tuğçe Tuna [simultaneously with 'Portfolio Design, Presentation, Criticism' course], Nesin Mathematics Village, Şirince
2016 The Ricean School of Dance with the organising team working under the guidance of Vitoria Kotsalou, Hydra Island, Greece
Experiences 2013-2019 Circuit İstanbul, A Not-for-profit Arts and Culture Organisation, Co-Founder
Circuit related Talks and Participation
2019 Guest at “Green Strategies” class with another member from Sustainable Fashion Platform at MEF University, with lecturer Nazlı Ödevci
2017 Guest at a class with a focusing theme of “change”. Visual Story Telling course at Bilgi University, with lecturer Gökhan Eryaman.
2017 Circuit Presentation about Alternative Uses of Space, Department of Architecture Bilgi University, Istanbul
2017 Circuit Participation at Çevre Festivali (Environment Festival), organised by Municipality of Kadıköy.
2016 Circuit Participation at Güzel Bir Gün Festival as one of the social responsible projects.
2016 Circuit Talk for PAWI, Professional American Women in Istanbul with the co-founder of CIRCUIT, Jessica Sim
Voluntary and Community-based Work 2017-2019 Sustainable Fashion Platform is a social & environmental impact initiation with the ultimate purpose of transforming the fashion and textile ecosystem in Turkey with a sustainability focus. It has eleven other founding members including Ülkü Çağlayan.
My practice engages in performative studies, social choreographic practices and writing.
I am primarily interested in the types of knowledge or understanding which is not reducible to language; yet sensible, unthought-of; yet known.
This may be through collective experimentation or research-creation working with different practices both linguistic and non-linguistic (movement, breath, embodied interaction).
I use these experiences as a medium in itself and my thinking is inspired by the ideas in neuroscience.
I’d like to write poems in order to think.
My work explores different ways of sense-making and thinking, such as rhizomatic or nomadic thinking.
I host “Social Dreaming Matrix”—a practice on the shared unthought knowledge—to cultivate free associations and systemic thinking, so as to create links, find connections, and generate new thoughts.
My Personal History
Lucky by birth; has been raised with contradictions, love and bravery.
Had an irrelevant educational life that I could never live through.
Intellectual processes such as contemplating, analysing, questioning, writing, as well as (night-time) dreaming and exploring their relationship to each other have been my favoured activities.
Change 1 In 2012, encountered a breath-and-mind method while pursuing my curiosity on the concept of self [who am I].
Started flirting with the change while being trained within the breath facilitation/ mind coaching.
A compelling interest in understanding the human mind and the meaning of change has arisen. A process of divesting oneself of the old one has begun.
For about 3 years, I devoted my life to breath and body practices and travelled with the community I was part of. I gravitated towards raising psychological questions, retrospectives and communication without words.
Change 2 In 2013, during my travels encountered permaculture principles in South Africa.
In December 2013, I founded Circuit with an eagerness to represent the possibility of change.
Change 3 In June 2015, wanted to know what art was.
Since then, I continue my studies through performative researches, alternative educational centres, and institutions to inquiry into the fields of movement, performance art, and cognitive science.
During this time, my artistic ideas have been triggered by dancers and philosophers such as Keith Henessey and Erin Manning.
In 2019, I applied to a few MA programs in performance art yet ended up home-schooling myself with a promise to tangiblize my ideas in the form of an exhibition within a year.
I don’t think I will ever graduate from my home school.
Works I’ve done in the past and can always do as side works: simultaneous translation, writing, proofreading, translation and costume styling ( :