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The Monsanto Hearings


This year’s edition of dOCUMENTA (13) reined in the new year by staging a collaborative intervention with the artist-run collective AND AND AND on January 28th, 2012. Working with a grass-roots organization known as the Compass of the Midwest Radical Culture Corridor, AND AND AND will hold a series of public hearings aimed at putting the Monsanto Corporation on trial. Participants are encouraged to share their stories by way of spoken word, images, sounds and objects to engage others in a communal process of exploration and debate. The first hearing aptly took place in Middle-America, the main hub of Monstanto’s activity and immediate influence; Carbondale, Illinois. 

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Between Ebal & Gerzim

For the past three years, the Brizeit University Museum has curated city-wide exhibitions that call upon local artists to stage visual, spatial or auditory interventions that work to juxtapose past and present in a thought-provoking manner. Each year, the focus shifts to a different Palestinian city, in order to investigate its social, cultural, and political specificity. In 2011, the city of choice was Nablus, whose history is replete with both destruction and resurrection, deference and resistance. The works were installed throughout its historic center from November 12th to November 19th and were moved to be displayed at the Birzeit University Museum on December 10th, where they will remain until March 1st, 2012. 


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Students of the Bogazhisar


An exhibition of Students of the Bogazhisar Educational Institution showcases works created with a technique called paper marbling. The first and second grade students of the Bogazhisar Educational Institutions present 56 art pieces at the Sariyer Cultural Centre in Istanbul. The works based on the ancient art-form can be seen in January 2012.

When and where the technique of paper marbling was developed is still unknown, but some Iranian sources report that it has emerged in India. According to other sources it could have  originated in the city of Bukhara in Turkistan, and was passed on by the Ottomans. It is called 'Ebru', "Turkish paper" or "marble paper". Marbling is done when a shallow tray filled with water and various kinds of ink or paint colours are carefully applied to the surface with an ink brush. Various additives are used to help float the colours. A drop of "negative" colour made of plain water is used to drive the drop of colour into a ring. The process is repeated until the surface of the water is covered with concentric rings. The roots of the art of marbling goes back to the 9th and 10th century.



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Salvador Dali coming to Istanbul!

The University of Mimar Sinan in collaboration with InArtis and Kult presents an exhibition of the surrealist paintings of Salvador Dali at Gallery Tophane-i Amir. Opening on the 23rd of December the exhibition will be open to the public until the 26th fo February. The gallery will show a hundred and twenty-one pieces, among them the 'Divine Comedy'-series, 'Surrealism marks', and 'Dinner with Gala'.


Dante Alighieri's epic poem “The Divine Comedy” is a reflection on the medieval imagination of the Christian afterlife and it's division into heaven, hell and purgatory. The piece was an inspiration for many artists, among them Botticelli, Flaxman, Blake, Delacroix, Rodin, and of course Salvador Dali. The poem was written between the Middle ages and the beginning of the Renaissance in Florence, Italy, and is one of the first works to be written in the local dialect of Florence – the basis of modern Italian. 



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