Concert: Impromptu / Rockforms – Discussion: AI & Intelligence of Nature AASSM 10.02.2024

10.02.2024 – Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center


Impromptu / Rockforms – Audiovisual Concert

Kaan Bulak & Ali M. Demirel



Kaan Bulak’s first album ‘Impromptu’ focuses on the musical moment. The first section of the album, 16 Impromptus, consists of improvised piano pieces that were recorded in a single take. Out of the moment, without any preparation, music emerged as diffused clusters, atonal polyphony, resulting in melodic harmonies with an oriental touch. Bulak relived this moment by creating 4 Repromptus – four electroacoustic pieces that exclusively use samples from 16 Impromptus. Hence, the album is created through combining two perspectives on a single moment.



The subject of Ali M. Demirel‘s ‘Rockforms’ series is coastal geography, the study of the dynamic interface between the ocean and the land. Rockform images were captured together with Barbara Klein on the Cape Otway coast, during a field trip in Australia. Overlaid with different seascapes captured around the world, the artist is looking at solid and liquid forms, interpreting how they resemble and shape each other. This series is dedicated to the timeless relationship of two different forms of being.

On stage both concepts collide and inspire each other with open results. Piano improvisations and its soundscapes may depend on the visual experience and vice versa. The live concert consists of two artists stepping in a dialog, each in his own language.


Kaan Bulak

Composer and pianist Kaan Bulak writes music, performs on stage and creates sonic experiences.

Kaan Bulak was born in Aachen (DE) in 1991 and spent his childhood in Istanbul (TR) where he started to play the piano at the age of 5. During high school in Stuttgart (DE) Bulak grew up at the piano as a student of Andrej Jussow. Instead of pursuing plans as a pianist, after some detours into mathematics and economy, he studied audio engineering, followed by a master in sound art and composition at the University of Arts Berlin. From 2018 until 2020 Bulak was a fellow of #bebeethoven for the Beethoven jubilee. During this time he researched his concept of the Augmented Piano, wrote and recorded several electro-acoustic works as an artist-in-residence at ZKM Karlsruhe. 

Influenced by his two hometowns Istanbul and Berlin, Bulak found his unique way of composing beyond geographical or cultural boundaries. In a similar fashion, Bulak disregards distinctions between acoustic and electronic instruments and performs new works and arrangements of early music with his own electro-acoustic ensemble. In collaboration with Martion Audiosysteme, Bulak developed the 360° speaker ‘Lynch’ for augmenting classical instruments. So far, Bulak’s music was presented on stages such as Philharmonie Berlin, Opernhaus Zürich, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Verbier Festival, LSO St.

Luke’s London, Şerefiye Sarnıcı Istanbul, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Konzerthaus Berlin, Schloss Elmau, ZKM Karlsruhe, Sónar Istanbul, Beethovenfest Bonn, Podium Festival, XJazz Berlin & Istanbul. On stage, in studio and on records Bulak has collaborated with artists from all over the spectrum such as Ali M. Demirel, Tarik Barri, Sarah Aristidou, Anastasia Kobekina, Johan Dalene, Robert Lippok, Ricardo Villalobos, Cosmin TRG, Luise Enzian, Taner Akyol Trio, Julien Quentin.

Bulak is currently living and working in Paris as artist-in-residence at Cité Internationale des Arts, writing his opera for orchestra, electronics, and visuals. Furthermore, he is the founder and artistic director of Feral Note, a label and studio for audiovisual art and performances based in Berlin.


Ali M. Demirel

Ali Mahmut Demirel, born in Turkey in 1972, is a Berlin-based artist. He studied nuclear engineering and architecture before pursuing art. Demirel started to make video and sound work in the early 90’s while he was a researcher at Middle East Technical University, Audio-Visual Research Center. In the 2000’s, he focused his work on real-time computer-generated images and began to create interactive live audiovisual performances. Following this period, Demirel returned to video installation work with a trilogy under the theme ‘Post-Apocalyptic Utopias.’ Those videos formed Demirel’s solo show titled ‘ISLE’ at Arter Istanbul in 2018. Recently he is working on a series that connects ecology, nature and myth.

His work has been presented at Guggenheim Museum, New York; Arter, Istanbul; CTM, Berlin; TodaysArt.NL; ifa Galerie, Berlin; ICA, London; ACAW, Max Protetch Gallery, New York; Sammlung ESSL, Wien; European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck; International Short Film Festival, Hamburg; among others. He has performed live at Sonar Festival, Barcelona; Mutek Festival, Montreal; Coachella, USA; Brixton Academy, London; L’Olympia, Paris; ADE, Amsterdam; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; Fotografiska, Stockholm; Fuji Rock Festival, Japan; Future Music Festival, Australia; TimeWarp, Mannheim; among others.



Making a “Mediterranean Biennial” Actors, Institutions, Networks Institut français Izmir 18:30 – 20:00

Making a “Mediterranean Biennial” Actors, Institutions, Networks


Moderator: Serhan Ada

Panelists: Ayşegül Kurtel · Saša Nabergoj · Sana Tamzini · Didem Yazıcı


24.01.2024Institut français Izmir – 18:30 – 20:00

The panel will be held in English and simultaneous translation to Turkish will be provided.


Serhan Ada

President of the Izmir Mediterranean Academy; Assistant Professor at the faculty of Art and Cultural Management Department, Director of Cultural Policy and Management Research Center, Head of UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Cultural Diplomacy at İstanbul Bilgi University; Member of the Scientific Board of the UNESCO Regional Bureau in Venice

Ada has been an Assistant Professor at the faculty of Art and Cultural Management Department for 25 years, and Director of Cultural Policy and Management Research Center at İstanbul Bilgi University. Ada has been a visiting professor in various universities in the world. Ada, also an editor and a writer of poems and essays, has written extensively on cultural policy, cities and art theory. He was the curator of the retrospective exhibition of the American-Lebanese artist Etel Adnan “The Impossible Homecoming” in 2021 Pera Museum, Istanbul.

Ayşegül Kurtel

Artistic Director of Izmir Mediterranean Biennial, Founding Director of K2 Contemporary Art Center

Kurtel has worked as a lecturer at Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Fine Arts, as an art gallery consultant, gallery founder and manager, producer and presenter of a television programs on culture and arts. Kurtel is the founding partner of Galeri A Contemporary Art Center. She is the founding director of K2 Contemporary Art Center and of PORTIZMIR, organized by K2. Kurtel, who also has curatorial experiences, was awarded the “Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” Order of Arts and Letters by the French State in 2010.


Saša Nabergoj

A director of Škofja Loka Museum public regional museum and contemporary art venue in Slovenia and professor of History and Theory at School of Arts at University Gorica; Art Historian, Curator, Critic, Writer, Editor, Lecturer

With programs she has conceptualized and formed (usually in different formats of collaboration), Nabergoj is creating a platforms for critical reflection on artistic, curatorial, museological practices and its placement into the wider cultural, social and political context.


Sana Tamzini

Artist, Curator, University Professor, Expert in Cultural Policies, Creative Advisor of Izmir Mediterranean Biennial

Sana Tamzini is an artist, curator and university professor with extensive expertise in
international cultural cooperation and in contemporary art exhibitions. The main areas of her current academic research work include design of cultural policies in the MENA region.


Didem Yazıcı

Curator, Writer, Director of Yapı Kredi Gallery, Creative Advisor of Izmir Mediterranean Biennial 

Didem Yazıcı is an Istanbul- and Karlsruhe-based curator and writer. She has been working as Director of Yapı Kredi Gallery in Istanbul since 2022. Her curatorial work is inspired by thinking across disciplines in and outside of art as well as engaging socio-political dynamics.


EGİAD Center for Social and Cultural Activities Historical Portuguese Synagogue / Kemeraltı 17:30 – 20:30

The “Artist Presentations”, which will take place simultaneously with the Izmir Mediterranean Biennial’s (IMB) Artist-in-Residence Program, aim to establish a deeper connection between the Biennial artists and the audience.

The first IMB Artist Presentations will take place on Wednesday, September 13th at EGİAD Social and Cultural Activities Center – Historical Portuguese Synagogue.

IMB Artist Presentations are free and open to everyone. The presentations will be held in Turkish or English and translation will be provided.

Participating Artist:

13 September 2023

Ana Aleksić,  Greta Pllana, Laura Besançon, Mahdi Baraghiti, Nermin Sena Özger, Soufian Chemcham, Merkezkaç Sanat Kolektifi, Can Büyükberber

28 September 2023

Bawer Doğanay, Claudio Zorzi, Dalea Kovačec, Marko Damiš, Nelly El Sharkawy, Yassine Sellame, Erdem Çolak

10 October 2023

Berna Dolmacı, Fredj Moussa, Marcelle Bitton, Mehdi Hachid, Nesligül Cebesoy, Nour Abou Saada, Revan Yaşar

19 October 2023

Garance Alves, Levi Viller, Stratis Tavlaridis, Talha Demiral, Vladimir Novak, Öznur Yıldırım, Yağmur Kevser Barutçu