Presentation: DECOL – Sónar+D
“DECOL is abbreviation of Digital Experience Collective.
Besides producing international arts and design projects, DECOL aims to effect 3 continent by evolving with its partners at all times, as well as being a school for the independent ‘digital art stage and design platform. At 2015, the first event of “Digital Experiences” series; VJ Torna Istanbul took place in Indigo on with attendance of VJs and audiovisual performers from 13 countries. Same year DECOL started it’s life as a new media arts project with VCD department of İstanbul Bilgi University. Its structure is designed in a way to supply the needs of new media digital artists and entrepreneurs; by creating a secure environment, such as the new media lab. DECOL project funded by Istanbul Development Agency during 2014-2015 under the Creative Istanbul calls.
DEKONSTRAKT new media art installations and performance series are the first collective creation of DECOL . It includes 3 art pieces in the concept of deconstructing the visual aesthetics of Anatolia by digital arts. .”Knit”, “de.fusion” and “Tile” are the art pieces created in the context of DEKONSTRAKT series. “de.fusion” and “Haraka” art pieces installed in Contemporary Istanbul art fair at 2015 and 2016. Both of these installations are interactive and generative installations by it’s sound and visuals.
Co-founder Ahmet Said Kaplan performed in more than 36 countries as live audiovisual performance artist with electronic music producers. DECOL also created videos and live performances for Gaiser, Matador, Richie Hawtin, Marc Houle Tale of Us, Solomun. At 2015, DECOL organised “Contagious Bodies: Network Politics” seminar series with the curation of Ass. Prof. Ebru Yetişkin and hosted by Akbank Sanat. At 2015, “Istanbul Maker Faire” “Amber Technology and Art Festival”,”Psychedelic Art Festival” and “Bilgi Project 01” exhibitions took place with DECOL’s organisational and technical sponsorship. At 2016, Mert Uzbaşlı and Amir Ahmadoglu performed as VJ and Light Artist in different clubs and events of Istanbul.
Mert Uzbaşlı also performed at electronic music and art festivals as Mo:Dem Festival, Co:in Festival and Ayata Festival. Same year, DECOL Academy born to give courses and workshops for light design, real time image processing and production softwares. DECOL partnership with Istanbul based music label Hiccup revealed a new brand “avosync”. Avosync is an audio visual record party organisation label. Till the beginning of 2017 Kabile Contemporary Circus Theatre and DECOL working on interactive stage and virtual reality stage performances. After the second quarter of 2017, DECOL focused on VR Art projects. In 2017 DECOL invited by Amsterdam, Belgium, Rome and Berlin new media art scene.”