KozaVisual Ethnographic Film Workshop

KozaVisual is an initiative formed by a group of social scientists and artists. The main goal of the initiative is providing cooperation and exchange of knowledge in order to enhance the application of audio-visual tools and resources, considered as one of the most influential medium in the last decades, into the social sciences and arts more effectively and comprehensively.

In April 2007, KozaVisual - I, as a common initiative of academicians and students from different universities in Turkey, began working with the support of Netherlands Institute for Higher Education in Ankara and The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Ankara to reach the goals stated above.

Within the frame of this support, the Project commenced on 28th of April, 2007, with a seminar by Dr. Ulus Baker, titled “Visual Thinking” and finalized its first phase lasting three months by the end of July, 2007.

Within the scope of first program, “Montevideo/Time Based Arts, Netherlands Media Art Institute” and “Dutch Art Institute” from Netherlands showed an interest in the aims and targets of KozaVisual and have contributed with a series of workshops and seminars.

During these three months, three fieldworks have been realized: These fieldworks started with a region in Ankara which is in process of urban transformation and continued with an etnographic video seminar/workshop taught by Aras Ozgun at Ibrahimpasa village of Cappadocia, where the last two of the fieldworks took place. As a result of these fieldworks, over 11 films (animations, video art films, documentary, and experimental films) were produced. You can find 9 films made by KozaVisual – I participants in the DVD of KozaVisual – I: Cappadocia, Ibrahimpasa Village Fieldwork.


Netherlands, Turkey, 2007, 2’14, Animation
Özge Tığlı, Dünya Kırkali
A new day begins in İbrahimpaşa.

Children From İbrahimpaşa
Netherlands, Turkey, 2007, 6’30, Photography and video workshop with children from the village
Özge Çelikaslan
Children from İbrahimpaşa took the pictures of their village and put their marks in caves. From the workshop of Alite Thijsen.

A Piece of Monologue
Netherlands, Turkey, 2007, 15’, Experimental
Özlem Sarıyıldız
Images from İbrahimpaşa on the monologue of Samuel Beckett. Stonemason, streets, houses, windows, valley…

Netherlands, Turkey, 2007, 6’31, Experimental
Özlem Sarıyıldız, Efsun Düriye Namal
What sort of life is it in İbrahimpaşa for a young woman? How much she can speak and be quiet?

Revolution in Beauty
Netherlands, Turkey, 2007, 2’21, Experimental
Özlem Sarıyıldız, Bilge Demirtaş
Women while enjoying in their only space, courtyard.

 Interview with Willemijn Bouman & Paul Broekman
Netherlands, Turkey, 2007, 12’, Documentary
Zeynep Işıl Işık, Kamil Mingü
Lifes of two artist who have been staying more than 10 years in the village. Why did they choose İbrahimpaşa?

No Name
Netherlands, Turkey, 2007, 4’, Experimental
İdil Soyseçkin
Where are the women in the village?

Kitchen Philosophy in 2 Minutes
Netherlands, Turkey, 2007, 2’
Kamil Mingü, Zeynep Işıl Işık
Paul Broekman’s kitchen philosophy.

Netherlands, Turkey, 2007, 8’53, Experimental
Özge Tığlı
The history and the faces on the walls which were faced while looking for a missing door number in the square of the village.
The second phase of KozaVisual commenced in October, 2007. Within the frame of the program a series of workshops, seminars and conferences under the title of migration have been realized by financial supports of Netherlands Institute for Higher Education, Ankara, The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Ankara, and academic supports of lecturers from Amsterdam University, Leiden University, Dutch Art Institute, Marc Bloch Strasbourg University, Bilkent University, Middle East Technical University, Hacettepe University, etc. Nowadays, KozaVisual - II participants are working in the field, Ankara, capital city of Turkey, as a migrant city. Videos will be published in a DVD in April 2008.

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