Ceramic Tiles – Norway Turkey: A cross cultural collaboration
Cultural Center of Alanya Municipality, Alanya, Turkey
Artists in cross disciplinary collaboration can contribute to new ideas outside the traditional art space, outside the white cube. New ideas which are implemented and used in society can be called an innovation. The new ideas might like this project be related to development of identity, both on an individual level and on a collective level. Art can in this way contribute to innovative processes in society, especially when identity is seen as a vital, important interplaying element.
This project is a cooperation between many people and units, among others: the artists, The Regional Art Centre in Buskerud, The International Culture Centre at Union Scene, Drammen, Drammen town council, Buskerud County Municipality, Norwegian Associations of Arts and Crafts, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norwegian Turkish Friendship Association, Akershus University College, Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, The Cultural Centre of Alanya, Alanya Town, The Ambassador to Norway in Turkey and the Ambassador to Turkey in Norway and several school classes and visitors to the exhibitions.
Ceramic tiles in contemporary art have developed from traditionally handicraft to a crossover art field. Elements from different art traditions are reflecting different expressions. The ceramic tiles in this exhibition is performed in techniques developed from graphic etching, architecture, photo transmission, plaster made tiles, printing, sculpture, installation and image composition. Some of the same tendencies can be seen in both Turkey and Norway. The tiles are reflecting a multicultural society represented in different individual expressions in techniques, surfaces and art concepts.
By Arild Berg & Hanne Haukom: Project leaders