Art Maker Lab Learn­ing Cen­ter hosts chil­dren, young peo­ple

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Culture & Arts -


by Is­tan­bul Modern’s Is­tan­bul De­vel­op­ment Agency (ISTKA), the Art Maker Lab Learn­ing Cen­ter was launched with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of pub­lic and lo­cal gov­ern­ments. The learn­ing cen­ter cre­ated in a tem­po­rary space at the mu­seum in Bey­oğlu of­fers chil­dren and young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to pro­duce art with new tech­nolo­gies.

The Art Maker Lab, which en­ables chil­dren and young peo­ple to use spe­cial equip­ment in İs­tan­bul Modern, con­nects art field with tech­nol­ogy. In Art Maker Lab train­ing pro­grams, which di­rect the use of tech­nol­ogy to cre­ative artis­tic ex­pe­ri­ences to im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity, chil­dren meet ex­perts in var­i­ous pro­fes­sion­als, such as artists, de­vel­op­ers, de­sign­ers and en­gi­neers.

Speak­ing at the launch cer­e­mony, Is­tan­bul Modern Gen­eral Di­rec­tor Levent Çalıkoğlu em­pha­sized that the project of­fers an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary model of art ed­u­ca­tion to in­crease the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of chil­dren and youth in cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion. Çalıkoğlu said: “Art Maker Lab is one of the few in­ter­na­tional in­no­va­tive ex­am­ples like the work­shop ar­eas in the Bri­tish Mu­seum in Eng­land, the Tate Bri­tain Mu­seum, the Aros Art Mu­seum in Den­mark and the Ki­asma Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art in Fin­land. We will bring more than 23,000 chil­dren and young peo­ple to the Art Maker Lab, which we be­lieve will in­spire projects that can be pro­duced by adding a dif­fer­ent di­men­sion to tech­nol­ogy-based art ed­u­ca­tion practices in mu­se­ums.”


The Art Maker Lab Learn­ing Cen­ter’s ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram in­cludes two dif­fer­ent ed­u­ca­tional events: Can Ro­bots Make Art? and Art Maker Lab Meet-up Events. The pro­gram takes place ev­ery day ex­cept Mon­days for school groups and on the week­ends for in­di­vid­ual par­tic­i­pants. It is free of charge, but reser­va­tions are re­quired.


De­vel­oped from the de­signs and pro­pos­als of Bager Ak­bay, who in­te­grates art and tech­nol­ogy in his work, Can Ro­bots Make Art? has five dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­en­tial spa­ces: In­ci­den­tal Art, Snap­shot, Me All of a Sud­den, The Ex­pand­ing Game Plat­form and The Mag­i­cal Book. In these ar­eas, chil­dren dis­cover the re­la­tion­ship be­tween art and tech­nol­ogy.


Art Maker Lab Meet-up Events in­tro­duce chil­dren to ar­chi­tects, en­gi­neers, de­sign­ers, artists and sci­en­tists. These events be­gin with a short talk and con­tinue with work­shops to cre­ate a con­nec­tion be­tween art and tech­nol­ogy un­der the guid­ance of the pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor.

Bager Ak­bay, a con­sul­tant for the Can Ro­bots Make Art? pro­gram, will par­tic­i­pate in the first Art Maker Lab Meet-up Event on Jan. 5 at 2 p.m.

Art Maker Lab presents a place with spe­cial equip­ment in İs­tan­bul Modern.

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