Digital Critic – Vardiya 3 | Gül Kaçmaz Erk

She have been conducting interdisciplinary research at the intersection of architecture and cinema in the USA, the Netherlands, Turkey, Ireland and the UK since 1994. She studies both architecture and film and creates an understanding about built environment and urban geographies via film making.
In her presentation we saw lots of examples of her previous students and we saw how those student used the cinematic tools to create the feeling of suspense. Which were very valuable for us since our workshop was about creating a Horror B Movie. She also widen our perspective about different elements such as sound, rhythm, narrative and even stop-motion.

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Digital Critic – Vardiya 3 | Ayşe Şentürer

Ayşe Şentürer is a professor in Istanbul Technical University. She focuses on many fields such as perception, representation, philosophy, metropolis, cinema, multi-media, complexity, urban reading, representation and design, experience.
In her session she told us about how cinematic tools are used for representing architecture with many examples and their representation techniques. She explained how motion could be expressed by the medium of image.

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Digital Critic – 1 | Cüneyt Özdemir

Cüneyt Özdemir, journalist and youtuber based in New York, was our first Digital Critic during the last days of our Vardiya Workshop. He talked about his long-lasting love for architecture, his experience from covering the past Biennale organizations and his efforts to include the architectural discourse in the mainstream news of Turkey. We also discussed the opportunities and limitations of Journalism in Turkey, his diverse experiences from mainstream media and his recent social media engagement and how he feels that freedom of speech cannot be accomplished merely by a change of medium. “If you are talking in this new digital age, in my opinion, it doesn’t matter where you speak but mostly what you are saying” he describes. He also explained how freedom of speech is connected with and restrained by the private ownership of media and that the strict state of censorship in Turkey could be a dystopic future we will have to face globally.

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