LECTURE; Is Education Essential?
Murat Germen is an artist using photography as an expression / research tool. He has an MArch degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he went as a Fulbright scholar and received AIA Henry Adams Gold Medal for academic excellence. Works as a professor of art, photography and new media at Sabanci University in Istanbul. Has submitted work for distinguished institutions such as; Istanbul Modern, Young & Rubicam, McCann Erickson, The Designory, Norman Foster & Partners, DDB, Rafineri, Swissôtel, Boyner, Aga Khan Awards, Siemens, Koc Holding, Yapi Kredi Culture & Art Publishers, Istanbul Foundation for Culture & Arts, Economic & Social History Foundation of Turkey, etc. Having many articles / photo series published on architecture / photography / art / new media at various magazines / books; he has been accepted to several symposia / conferences like SIGGRAPH, ISEA, Mutamorphosis, Towards a Science of Consciousness, CAe, CAC2, EVA-London, eCAADe, ASCAAD to lecture on pertinent topics. Has opened over forty inter/national (Turkey, USA, Italy, Germany, UK, Mexico, Portugal, Uzbekistan, Greece, Japan, Russia, Iran, India, France, Canada, Bahrain) exhibitions. The artist and his artistic work is represented by C.A.M. Gallery in Turkey, ARTITLED! Contemporary Art in the Netherlands-Belgium and Rosier Gallery in San Francisco. More than 40 editions of the artist’s several artworks are in personal collections of eminent art collectors in Turkey, in addition to a few that are in Istanbul Modern’s and Proje4L Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art (Istanbul) collections. Some of artist’s works are sold at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and national auctions.
About the lecture, the artist is going to have at FotoFest 2012;
Is education essential? | It is much easier to reach information today, new generations are raised with easier access to more means as compared to old days. While this can be interpreted as a positive development, it is also possible to assert that this fact causes new generations to generate shallower relationships to what is around, since information is cell phone + 3G + seconds-long google search away. There is no need to memorize things anymore; the idealized need for a deep general knowledge is transformed into a flat realm of instant sets of “prêt-à-partager” data. A similar aspect exists in the realm of photography as well, where people are not expected to digest photography profoundly with the presence of smart phone cameras and instant photo sharing facilities. The objective, in the light of all these facts, is to question the institution of education in general and try to examine if there is need for education to turn photography into a way of living…
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