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Accepted Paper:

Istanbul 2010 the European capital of culture: 'What really did happen between the images 1960-2010s?'  
Deniz Bayrakdar (Kadir Has University, Istanbul)

Paper long abstract:

This paper aims to discuss the "in-betweens" of the Istanbul images shown on January 16, 2010, on the occasion of the opening ceremony of Istanbul 2010, the European Capital of Culture. In-between these images where the symbols of Byzantine and Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic are "cut" into another evoked a feeling of "rupture". Istanbul was sent in sense to exile as the Byzantine and Ottoman Empire's capital after Ankara was chosen as the capital of the Modern Turkey. (├ľner et al 200?). Istanbul has been left to the realm of representations in 50s and 60s films leaving the modernism project to the new capital Ankara. Istanbul has gone through fast transformations from 60 onwards till today on social, economic and cultural levels. The centers shifted, the axes have changed, some spatial arrangements like projects of gentrification and the increase of number of the gated communities has altered the image of the city. Referring to the surveys and researches of city planners and architects I will try to make a flash-forward between the 1960s and 2000s to find the moments and sites of this "rupture" between the images.

Panel W043
Is after the Crisis before the Crisis? New perspectives on art, media and politics in Turkey
  Session 1