Genco Gulan

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Genco Gulan
Genco Gulan with 4 eyes.jpg
Self-portrait with 4 eyes. Oil on Canvas. Pekin Collection.
Born 01/13/1969
Nationality Turkish
Education The New School,
Known for Contemporary Art,
Awards BP, Lions, EMAF

Genco Gulan (born 1969 in Turkey) is a contemporary conceptual artist and theorist, who lives and works in Istanbul. His transmedia contextual work involves painting, found objects, new media, drawings, sculpture, photography, performance and video.[1] His work often carries political, social and/or cultural messages but is never transformed into propaganda. He rejects being modern or minimal.

Genco Gulan, "Hermès Walker", 2009. 50* 50*90cm. Ozil Collection

Genco Gulan studied Media at The New School, New York.[2] His art has appeared at Pera Museum, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, ZKM Karlsruhe, Triennale di Milano, Biennial of Tehran and Pompidou Center Paris. Gulan's made solo shows at Gallery Artist in Berlin, Istanbul; State Painting and Sculpture Museums in Ankara, Izmir; Foto Gallery Lang, Zagreb and Artda Gallery, Seoul among other places.

He has received prizes from EMAF, BP, Lions, and was nominated for and selected as a finalist for the Sovereign Art Foundation European Art Prize in 2011. His net-art pieces have been listed in required reading lists at the City University, New York, Rice University and U.C. Santa Barbara. Gülan has given conferences at Yale, School of Visual Arts, Köln University, Incheon University and the New York Institute of Technology among others. He is in public art collections such as Proje4L / Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul Modern, Museum Ostwall, Davis Museum and The Thessaloniki State Museum of Contemporary Art.


"Twin Project", 2011. Performance by twin sisters; Yeliz and Deniz Çelebi.

Genco uses text, codes and even his own DNA in his art. He is a conceptual, contextual new media artist, developing theory as well as practice.[4] He specializes in not knowing what everybody else knows. Genco Gulan believes in the artistic future of bio-technology, artificial intelligence, and digital communication.[5] In a video piece called “Grundig”, he filmed a female swim team playing rugby underwater with a TV monitor.[6]

"If it's not new, it's just media," says Gulan in regards to the importance of novelty. His experimental works[7] include net-art, web art, A.I.gen (generated) images, Robot Games, SCIgen papers and online videos.[8] Genco uses boron in his sculptures.[9]


As an artist Genco Gulan worked with curators such as Marcus Graf, Derya Yucel, Peter Weibel, Suzanne van Hagen, Firat Arapoglu, Margerethe Makovec & Anton Lederer, Necmi Sönmez, Gülsen Bal, Ege Berensel, Roger Connover and Eda Cufer. He worked with art historians/ writers such as Zeynep Yasa Yaman, Nilgun Ozayten, Goknur Gurcan, Baris Acar, Aysegul Sonmez, Burcu Pelvanoglu; As a curator he curated and co-curated shows in New York, Seul, Karlsruhe, Istanbul, Thessaloniki and on the Web.


"Nemesis with 2 Heads", Istanbul Modern Collection

As an art project in 1997, Genco Gulan established the first “Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum.”[10]

"At first the Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum developed as an art series in the manner of Duchamp and Broodthaers until the end of the 1990s. Later it evolved when it was transferred to the Internet. It turned into a new age institution that organized exhibitions, workshops and provided logistic support on cyber space." [11]

For almost a decade, the museum ran an unorthodox residency program called "I live in a Museum" and hosted artists from the U.S., Holland, Spain, and China at its the Galata location.[12] After the Istanbul location closed, Genco Gulan, in Berlin, manifested himself as a Museum.[13]

Gulan's monograph; "Conceptual Colors" edited by Dr. Marcus Graf, is co-published by Revolver Publishing in Berlin in collaboration with Artist Istanbul. His books are available at libraries such as the German National Library, SALT Istanbul, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library and the Haas Family Arts Library at Yale University. Gulan founded the Web Biennial[14] at the turn of the century, served on the Board of Balkan Biennial in Thessaloniki, International Programming Committee of ISEA Singapore in 2008 and was a guest editor for Second Nature: International Journal of Creative Media. He was in the jury for Turgut Pura Art Prize in Izmir and teaches at Mimar Sinan Academy and Bogazici University.

Selected Images[edit]


  1. ^ Foroohar, Rana and Matthews, Owen. (Aug 28, 2005). Turkish Delight. Newsweek. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  2. ^ Weshinskey, Anne. (25.08.2011) With Fish or Without. Lab Kultur. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  3. ^ Weshinskey, Anne (May 27th, 2013) IKINCILIK: THE STATE OF BEING SECONDARY The Naked. Retrieved 2013-13-04.
  4. ^ .Vito Campanelli e Danilo Capasso (a cura di), Cultura e nuovi media. Cinque interrogativi di Lev Manovich, Edizioni MAO, Napoli, 2011. [ISBN 978-88-95869-00-1]
  5. ^ Gulan, Genco. (2004) 'Camerica, Puppy Art'. Artefact GLOCALOGUE. 2012-06-05.
  6. ^ Atakan, Nancy (Spring 2006)FROM NEW MEDIA FROM THE PERIPHERY. Journal of the New Media Caucus. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
  7. ^ Reil, Alexandra. (25.08.2011) Art Following the Trend?. Retrieved 2012-06-05
  8. ^ Landi, Ann (09/01/09 )What they see in Van Gogh's ear. ARTnews. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  9. ^ Utku, Ahsen (23/04/11)Genco Gulan sends messages to the future through art. Today's Zaman. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  10. ^ Gibbons, Fiachra. (2006-06-13) Istanbul set to stamp its culture credentials - Arts & Leisure. The New York Times (International Herald Tribune). Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  11. ^ Graf, Marcus. Concepual Colors of Genco Gulan, Revolver Publishing, 2012. ISBN 978-3868952049
  12. ^ Lubelski, Abraham. (December 22, 2006) Contemporary Istanbul Art Fairs International. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  13. ^ Arikonmaz, Piril Gulesci (2012-02-02)'Ben bir müzeyim’ Haberturk (In Turkish). Retrieved 2012-06-01
  14. ^ Lev, Julia. (27 January 2011) Plato’s new exhibition brings net-art to the fore. Today's Zaman. Retrieved 2012-06-06.

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