Plastic Veins PLASTIC VEINS : A PROJECT BY ZEYNEP ÖZLectures and commissioned artist projects Plastic Veins EVENTS May 2013There are currently no events scheduled for this month. ABOUT THE project Plastic Veins PLASTIC VEINS – A project by Zeynep Öz | Lectures and commissioned artist projects The question at the heart of Plastic Veins is the “how” and “why” of taking care of cultural heritage, and what the motivations are for this kind of an impulse. The economic value of an object as a commodity is inherently linked to the care and attention that it is given on an intimate level; objects are shaped in a continuous exchange between affect and broader economic value. All this is inherent in the object itself, as it is projected or weighed or estimated. To what ends do we look after and circulate objects of personal and cultural value? And how and when do collecting institutions themselves become objects of study? Through a series of conversations and an exhibition of research-driven projects, Plastic Veins looks at the shift in culture and art policies in the transition from the Ottoman era to the earlier years of the Turkish Republic, and links this shift to the very personal and societal impetus to collect as a form of cultural patronage. Of special concern here is the legacy of bank collections’ patronage, which began in the modern period, extends to the present day and plays a major role in the local social infrastructure. Concept: Zeynep Oz With: Burak Arıkan, D. Graham Burnett, Cemal Kafadar, Kristine Khouri, Maha Maamoun, Sarah-Neel Smith, Dilek Winchester, Zeynep Yasa Yaman. Produced by Ashkal Alwan. THE PARTICIPANTS Burak Arikan D. Graham Burnett Cemal Kafadar Zeynep Yasa Yaman Dilek Winchester Kristine Khouri Maha Maamoun Sarah-Neel Smith ABOUT ZEYNEP ÖZ Zeynep Öz is an independent curator based in Istanbul. Her interest lies mainly in the artistic production process. She was the assistant curator for the 2010 edition of Home Works V. She cofounded SPOT Contemporary Art Projects in Istanbul in 2011, and is the curator of the Production Fund, which produced Change Will be Terrific! by Işıl Eğrikavuk in 2012. Zeynep has worked on curatorial and artistic projects that were shown in the Reginald Lewis Museum, Baltimore; Maryland Historical Society; Frankfurter Kunstverein; The Armory, New York; and 98weeks, Beirut. She recently curated Selling Snails in the Muslim Neighborhood that opened at the Westfaelischer Kunstverein in Muenster. She holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College.