Detour Istanbul Glossary
06 April 2009
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Culture, imagination, memory, travel, personal identity. Moleskine is a brand identifying a family of notebooks, planners and travel guidebooks: versatile and essential companions both in everyday life and for special occasions, becoming an integral part of each of us. The Moleskine brand was born in 1997, reproducing the legendary notebook of great artists and thinkers of the past two centuries, from Vincent Van Gogh to Pablo Picasso, from Ernest Hemingway to Bruce Chatwin. The anonymous black notebook was a trusty, pocket-sized travel companion, a faithful keeper of sketches, notes, stories and tips before they became famous pictures or pages of well-loved books. Today, Moleskine accompanies the creative efforts and the imaginary of our time: it is a symbol of modern-day nomadism, closely connected with the digital world through a network of websites, blogs, online groups and virtual archives.
Since January 1, 2007 Moleskine is also the name of the company which manufactures and distributes the legendary notebook and its many descendants. Moleskine srl creates, produces, and distributes the wellknown notebooks and their various offshoots.
Detour is a travelling group show featuring Moleskine notebooks designed by internationally recognized artists, architects, film directors, graphic designers, illustrators, and writers. Detour is a Moleskine project supporting the non-profit lettera27 foundation. Previous Detour exhibitions have taken place in Paris, New York and London. Throughout its travels, Detour is always attracting new artists to the project, especially creative artists that are particularly related to the cities in which the exhibitions take place. The notebooks displayed during all Detour exhibitions are permanently shown on the Moleskine website. A single post is dedicated to each author, with photo, video, and biographical information.
Detour - in literal meaning
Detour literally defines a diversion from the known and usual routes. It is going off the tracks, a denial of the ordinary. Contrary to static approach of exhibiting, it has visited London, Paris, New York and Berlin yesterday. Today's stop is Istanbul and Tokyo to follow tomorrow. Detour is taking a short cut amidst a long path. It is a meeting and interaction with new faces and different cultures on its long winding route. It is touching and feeling the exhibited works with your own hands. It is making both a long story and a meandering route short, on the path to the enrichment of universal creativity by sharing.
Detour - the artists
Erdem Akan, Yeşim Akdeniz Graf, Giuseppe Amato, Ron Arad, assume vivid astro focus, Atelier70, Yuval Avital, Yves Béhar, Bili Bidjocka, Jean Blanchaert, Handan Börüteçene, Lele Dainesi, Shezad Dawood, De Pawlowsky, Stefano Faravelli, Michael Graves, Emio Greco+Pieter C. Scholten, Martí Guixé, Nicholas Hlobo, Maira Kalman, Abdoulaye Armin Kane, KUEHN MALVEZZI, Julia Lohman, Ross Lovegrove, Hans Maier-Aichen, Antonio Marras, Sebastiano Mauri, Stéphanie Nava, Simon Njami, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ahmet Öğüt, Pax Paloscia, Paolo Pellegrin, Julie Polidoro, Ana Prvacki, Karim Rashid, Sigur Ròs, Salón, Karim Said, Maia Sambonet, Giovanni Sollima, Paolo W. Tamburella, Filippo Timi, Sema Topaloğlu, Han Tümertekin, Gülname Turan, Joep van Lieshout, Giorgio Vigna, Massimo Vitali, Siren Elise Wilhelmsen.
myDetour is a Moleskine roadshow dedicated to everyone who loves to paint, take photos, illustrate, write or create freely. It's an opportunity to show off your own creativity (on- and off-line), to share your artistic experiments, and to place your imagination on display.
Detour supports lettera27, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to defend the right to literacy, education, and access to knowledge and information all over the world, with a special focus on more deprived areas. The artists donate their participation and their notebooks to lettera27. The Detour archive is an archive which constantly creates resources to support new projects.
Raffaella Guidobono is the curator of the Detour exhibition project. She is working as a visiting professor at the Isufi and Domus Academy in Italy. She has widely shown throughout Europe and the US, in cooperation with foreign Embassies, Art Foundations and Galleries. She lives between Italy and Latin America.
Zetalab designed the Detour and myDetour exhibition system, as well as all graphics and videos. Based in Milan, Zetalab is a brand and communication design agency that develops successful projects for companies, products and institutions. Some of its members are active in teaching in Italian universities and design schools.
In the 80's the Domus Academy imposed itself as the first postgraduate school of Design in the world: a place of advanced training and a research laboratory on processes of industrial creativity, scenarios of aesthetics and consumption, space-time relations, and utility and private service. The Domus Academy constantly looks at radical changes linked to new technologies and at the fast and continuous spread of the Information technology networks. The school boasts 9 Master courses, eight of which are located in Milan and one in Rome, accredited by the University of Wales. The Domus Academy attracts students from all over the world: in 2009 there are 230 students from 45 different countries. All of the activity of Domus Academy is designed as a laboratory for the research and exploration of future scenarios. The presence of multidisciplinary teams, consisting of students from all over the world, as well as the dedication to research, typical of Italian design, are the most important elements which characterize the environment of the school. As well as the Masters courses, the Domus Academy offers a wide range of short courses: Spring Sessions, Summer Sessions, Fall Sessions and Courses for companies and Executives.
Through Domus Academy Research and Consulting (DARC) Domus Academy develops research and professional consulting activities. In 1994 Domus Academy got the Compasso d'Oro award for the career.
Bilgi Üniversitesi and santralistanbul
Istanbul Bilgi University (founded in 1996), through its academic atmosphere, teaching staff, and approach to university education has taken on a pioneering rol e with regards to the concept of time from a sociocultural perspective. By teaching social and human sciences alongside communication from the day of its inception, the Istanbul Bilgi Univeristy - in an effort to achieve its international objectives - has focused on social responsibility through educational, cultural, and art projects. One of the progressive initiatives by the Istanbul Bilgi University is santraistanbul, a comprehensive critical and interdisciplinary international program which contributes to urban revival through intercultural dialog and debate alongside its various artistic and cultural activities.
Conserved and restored by the Istanbul Bilgi University and housing santraistanbul, the Silahtaraga Power Station was the first urban station of the Ottoman Empired. Built in the Golden Horn - the oldest industrial zone of Istanbul - the station provided electricity to the city between 1911 and 1983. The effort to convert this unique national industrial landmark into santraistanbul was carried out by both public and private sector, alongside non-governmental organizations. One of the most comprehensive and cultural projects in Turkey, santraistanbul opened in September 8, 2007 with an exhibition titled "Modern and Beyond."
Through this conservation, Turkey's very first urban power station has been revived and returned to Istanbul in the form of a functional public entity. In addition to the Energy Museum, which is located in the meticulously preserved engine rooms of the power station, santraistanbul also houses spaces for contemporary art and cultural activities, a public library, outdoor recreational areas, international artists' residences, and educational units.