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Program Cultural Exchange 'NWTS NLTR400' 2012

| 2011-11-21 17:06:44

The project 'Now Wakes The Sea' is initiated by Satellietgroep and involves research based air programs for artists/filmmakers in coastal transition areas around the Black Sea and North Sea to develop new works, select existing works and program a traveling filmfestival for screening on venues, both on the coast of the Black Sea as well as on The North Sea.

First step in connecting the Black Sea to the North Sea is the collaboration of Satellietgroep/Badgast (NL) with European Cultural Association/Europist (TR), in the context of 'Sinopale 4 - International Sinop Biennial' and the celebration of NLTR400 in 2012.


April 4 - 10, 2012
Research visit to Istanbul

July 7, 2012

Preview 'NWTS' @ Nieuw Dakota

July 15 - August 31, 2012
Artists in residence Bahanur Nasya, Yilmaz Vurucu and Maurice Bogaert at Sinop
Aug 22, 2012:
Lecture on Coastal Transitions  ”Dutch Light: The Way Artists Influence Our Perception of Everyday Life” by Jacqueline Heerema/Satellietgroep
August 23, 2012
Artist Talks & Screenings by Bogaert, Nasya and Vurucu.
August 24, 2012
Opening 'SINOPALE 4 - International Sinop Biennial'
Opening attended by Daniel Stork, Cultural Attaché for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Turkey
August 25, 2012
Sinopale Forum: Culture and Arts as Catalysers for Urban Development
“The impact of Culture on the development of the Cities - Transforming Cultural Heritage Structures”
August 26, 2012
Sinopale Forum: “The Wisdom of Shadow”
August 24 - September 11, 2012
Exhibition 'SINOPALE 4', screenings and community based workshops, lectures and forum

September 7 - 9, 2012
Screenings @ ' Into The Great Wide Open' Festival

October 15 - November 15, 2012
Artists in residence at Satellietgroep/BADGAST in collaboration with Wander, DCR Gueststudio
November 4, 2012
Screenings and debate with childerens program 'NWTS' @ MUSEON - Museum of Culture and Science in collaboration with Turks Museum Nederland, GEMAK and Wander.
November 6, 2012
Screenings and Artist Talks 'NWTS - Arts & Activism' @ GEMAK
Moderator Simone Pekelsma

November 26 - 28, 2012

Key Note Lecture 'Culture & Coastal Transitions' @ LITTORAL 2012
International Coastal Conference by Jacqueline Heerema & Ronald Boer/Satellietgroep

December 4, 2012
Debate and opening exhibition 'NWTS' @ SIEMENS SANAT Istanbul
Opening by Daniel Stork, Cultural Attaché for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Turkey
December 4, 2012 - January 25, 2013
Exhibition 'NWTS' @ SIEMENS SANAT Istanbul

Read here more about the organisation and curators involved:


Artist run initiative Satellietgroep is based since 2006 in The Hague, The Netherlands, a country with a strong historic art and innovative relationship with the sea. Satellietgroep has an embedded art and culture approach to researching the way the sea and waterways influences cities and people. We aim to research the pressure on public, social and cultural use on the waterfronts and develop new concepts and strategies focused on a new approach of future sea and coastal urban areas. Satellietgroep programs Badgast, a research based artist in residency at the coast of The Hague/Scheveningen where we invite artistst and scientists to develop and present research that articulates a cultural, innovative and sustainable significance of the sea and its coasts. In addition to the artist in residency program Satellietgroep programs the open air Cinema at Sea @ Badgast and Talks @ Badgast. In close collaboration with international artists, scienists, curators and guestcurators Satellietgroep develops a contemporary Seacollection On Coastal Transitions, with exchange projects in The Netherlands as well as abroad.
Previous exchange project CCC @ stanbul 2010 and IST2010-SCH2011. Starting 2009 Satellietgroep researched the influence of the sea and waterways in both The Netherlands and in Istanbul. For CCC @ Istanbul 2010 Satellietgroep screened 14 videoworks - both conceptual and documentary - that reflect on the conceptual, social and urban impact of the sea and waterways in both Turkey and The Netherlands. In exhange we screened the collected material in the Cinema at Sea @ BADGAST in the Netherlands in 2011.

European Cultural Association (Avrupa Kültür Derneği) is an independent non-profit NGO based in Istanbul aiming at strengthening cultural communication, cooperation and exchange at local national and international levels for raising cultural awareness and development of the society.
European Cultural Association has been established in March 2003 by individual members of diverse professions who give great importance to the roles of culture within the society.
Sinopale, International Sinop Biennial is the title of an international project that, in the context of local development, draws the civil society together with the purpose of building dialogue through culture and arts, within the framework of the “artistic production based on sharing” model.  This project is realised biennially and aims at working at urban, national and international levels in order to make citizens of all ages perceive anew their own living spaces with a vision for the future, reflect on urban problems, share the historical collective memory and organise it by means of artistic production, and to create a better social living space.
Projects include ‘Collecting The Future, Arts and Culture As A Catalyser For Urban Development’.
The city of Sinop lies on the most northern point of the Black Sea coast of Turkey. For thousands of years this city has been a strategic point in the cultural and trade systems of the Black Sea Region. The port of Sinop has been a host to many civilizations, including Bronze Age, Greek, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman. Although the city was an important centre for shipbuilding during the Ottoman period, it lost its function during the transformation of the empire .In 1887 the historical dockyards were converted into a prison complex. As a result, the shipbuilding and commercial centre of the past became a prison town and was left to poverty. The geographical position of Sinop, on a foreland with only a single entry point, also contributed to the isolation of the city. In the cold war period Sinop became the “big ear” of the western alliance and was used as a NATO base to control the USSR. |



Jacqueline Heerema (NL) – director of Satellietgroep, curator ‘Now Wakes the Sea’
Jacqueline Heerema is conceptual artist, studied museology, is urban curator and founding director of Satellietgroep. Satellietgroep is participant of the association of art run initiatives in The Hague, participant in the Dutch Artist in Residence Platform Transartist, and member of the Dutch Platform that represents presentation organizations and institutions in The Netherlands.  Heerema has her studio at De DCR in The Hague, where a broad range of artists, designers, architects and performers work, oganisations DansLab, Loos, Zeebelt and Nest run a public program, Guestudio has an international air program and the studio of Satellietgroep is based (

Marianne Volleberg (NL) - Anthropologist, assistant director of Satellietgroep
After her degree in Cultural Anthropology, Volleberg was engaged in a varied career with Vluchtelingenwerk (cultural and social projects concerning regugees), SVB (reorganization and project manager) to the Ministry of Social Affairs (senior policy) in 2002 Volleberg started her own independent business Buro Creation and workes as a freelance entrepreneur in the arts and cultural sector. Missions in the field of advertising & marketing, project organization, fundraising and production. Since 2006 Voleberg os co-founder and participates in Satellietgroep.

Ronald Boer (NL) – landscape architect – co-curator ‘Now Wakes The Sea’
The artistic research of Ronald Boer concentrates on highlighting the anomalies created through man’s intervention in the landscape. He puts the emphasis in showing his work in a constant state of change and transformation. Therefore his work allows to engage with it's surrounding and enables to respond to it as well as being part of it. Setting up certain conditions, like an artistic laboratory, the work naturally evolves through activation of a particular process. Being amazed by the unexpected phenomena the work reveals it self. Not knowing how, the work can truly exist and give new perspectives.
As an ongoing project Ronald is part of an artist duo Sodium//Chloride together with Valerie Dempsey, together they form an artistic research platform that draws in fine art, landscape architecture and science. Coming time they'll invest in their new project, the mobile beach laboratory, so more research and development of their work will be incorporated in the landscape.

Esther Eliane Bots (NL) - video artist/filmmaker - co-curator ‘Now Wakes The Sea’
Eliane Esther Bots (The Netherlands, 1986) is a video artist/filmmaker. She has a Bachelor in Visual Art/Design and Education, Academy of Visual Arts Utrecht and studied one year Russian language at the University of Amsterdam. At this moment she participates in the post graduate 'Document and contemporary art' in France.
For her works she has been traveling a lot, the last three years especially in Eastern-Europe and Russia where she has attended several artist in residence programs. Her work balances between film, documentary and visual art.  Besides her visual work is Eliane Bots a teacher at the Faculty of Visual Arts and Design, Academy of Visual Arts (Utrecht) and has done several projects connected to her interest in Eastern-Europe and Russia, such as the participation in the Videoforma festival at the Kuryokhin center for contemporary art in St. Petersburg, Russia. During this festival she gave a lecture 'In touch with reality' that concentrated on (Dutch) video art which has a strong connection with reality.


Mahir Namur  (TR) – founder of European Cultural Association
Namur was born in Ankara. MA in Civil Engineering, project management (Istanbul and Vienna Technical Universities).Since 1997 Management of several arts, culture and communicatiıon projects in Chameleon Events & PR. Founder member and president of Avrupa Kültür Derneği (European Cultural Association) . Initiator of Europist, European multinational cultural communication and cooperation platform in Istanbul and management of several European projects. Member of Strategy Group of “A Soul for Europe” Initiative and has been Advisory Committee Member of İstanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture. Teaches project management and international cultural management in Yeditepe University, Art Management Department and Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.

T. Melih Görgün (TR) -  founder and curator of Sinopale
Görgün was born in Sinop. He graduated Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts in 1985. He studied in 1989 in Istanbul Technical University Institut of Social Science. And he visited in 1994 Mimar Sinan University, Institut of Social Science, Graphic Design Programm, since 2004 he works as a Professor at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. T. Melih Gorgun is a founder and curator of SINOPALE, Sinop International Biennial. And he is a founder of European Cultural Association and art portal He is working as the curator of Siemens Art, Istanbul since 2007. He was advisory board member of Istanbul 2010 Cultural Capitol City of Europe, too. T. Melih Gorgun has been exhibited in Berlin, Venice, Dhakka, Augsburg, Wien, Amsterdam, Varna, Lviv, Costanta, Odessa, Tromso, Bruexelles, Tilburg, Paris, Munchen, Salzburg, Weimar, Taranto, Praha, Fredricstad, Ahlen, Seul, Tokyo, Budapest, Gyor, St . Antonio, Caracas, Mexico, Toronto and invited to several conferences on the world. He curated exhibiton in Turkey and abroad. It has been published of his articles on the several newspapers and art magazines. He is a coordinator of an international cooperation project “City and Art” of MSGSU, with Fine Arts Academy of Vienna-Austria, London St. Martin School of Art-UK, Malmö University-Sweden.

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