Erdem Gündüz: Is there any Arts Council in Turkey?
Performing Public Art

© Istvan Kovacs

 Is There Any Arts Council in Turkey? was the product of a dance coaching project with Cosmin Manolescu. It was performed in the street near Taksim Square in Istanbul before the protests of June 2013.

The performance delves into recent debates about the establishment of an arts council in Turkey to oversee the financial support given to artistic events such as performance art, dance, and theater. Independent artists remain effectively excluded from this funding.

Erdem Gündüz is dancer, performer, and choreographer. His research deals with improvisations, rituals, and public happenings as tools for investigating political realities and social movements. In 2013 Gündüz received the M100 Media Award, followed by the Theodor Heuss Medal, the Premio dell’Uomo in Piedi, and the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent in 2014.

Location: Stephansplatz, 1010 Vienna


SAT, 27.06. / 12:002015