Ekmel Ertan

Ekmel Ertan works as a curator, cultural manager, artist and educator. Ertan is the founder and artistic director of İstanbul based amberPlatform/BIS (Body-Process Arts Association), which is a research and production platform on art and new technologies. Ertan was the director of the international “amber Art and Technology Festival” in Istanbul between 2007-2015. He curates new media works as an independent curator in Turkey and abroad. Ertan has exhibited his new media installations, photography and collaborative performance works in Turkey, Europe, and The States. Since 2007, Ertan has been working as the site coordinator and director of EU supported multi-partner international projects on behalf of BIS.

Ertan received his BSc degree in Electronics / Communication Engineering from the Technical University of Istanbul and his MA degree on Interactive Media Design from Yıldız Technical University. He worked as a design and test engineer on telecommunication systems in Turkey, Germany, and Belgium. Since 1999 he has taught new media art and design at Istanbul Bilgi University, İstanbul Technical University, Sabancı University. and currently at İzmir Economy University. Ertan continues to work in Izmir, Istanbul and Berlin.


Ekmel Ertan - What Does Art Do to a City?

"… Glob Era does so too, with Factory Settings, it opens the memory of the city dwellers to ‘temporary collective experiences’ in the time and space of the city. The project coordinators, on the one hand, challenge our memory of the past that ‘carries us to today’, and on the other hand, they raise questions about the future ‘we want to reach’. 'Now' is the result of the past, the cause of the future; not a moment of accident.”
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