A digital revolution at the Zorlu Centre in Istanbul

  |   17-03-2016


Situated in the heart of Istanbul in Turkey, the Zorlu Centre, features a performing arts centre, a shopping mall, Raffles hotel, office space and residences. The project represents a total investment of over US$ 2.5 billion dollars by Zorlu Property Group.

Currently exhibiting is the Digital Revolution exhibition created by the Barbican Centre, one of the most noteworthy art centres in Europe, held at the Sky Lounge, which is the new exhibition area at the Zorlu Performing Arts Centre until June 12th 2016. It promises to attract the attention of both the art world and technology fans.


Sponsored by Zorlu Holding, the exhibition begins in Istanbul then it will head to London, Stockholm and Athens. It’s showcasing art, design, film, music and video games, which highlight and celebrate the transformation of art through digital technology since 1970. The exhibition brings together a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers for the first time who are using digital media to push the boundaries of their fields. It looks into the future while reviewing the impact of creative coding, DIY (Do-It-Yourself) culture, augmented reality by digital communities, artificial intelligence, wearable technologies and the creative possibilities offered by 3D printing. Also, the works of world-famous musicians will.i.am and Björk, Paul Franklin (visual effects designer for the Oscar-winning movie Inception) and Chris Milk (music video director for the Chemical Brothers, U2 and Kanye West) will be exhibited.

In this interactive exhibition, Umbrellium (Usman Haque and Nitipak Samsen), best known for their large-scale and mass participation outdoor events, Universal Everything, and new works from various artists such as Yuri Suzuki, Pasha Shapiro and Ernst Webert, as well as the digital artworks of DevArt, will all be on display.


One of the significant parts is the crowd-sourced fan website The Johnny Cash Project, by Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin. It allows fans to contribute a frame to an online movie tribute to Johnny Cash. Creative Spaces analyses how digital technology enabled a swift creative change both online and in the movies, and it also compares the visual effects of blockbuster Hollywood movies with the help of a new generation of independent artists and filmmakers.

The sound and vision section takes a glance at how musicians experiment with digital technology. Among the works, we see Pyramidi, which is a new work exploring the interface between analogue and digital music in a live gallery experience performed by international musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist will.i.am, as well as artists Yuri Suzuki, Pasha Shapiro and Ernst Weber. This section also features a series of application-based projects where artists try to visualise the music, such as in The Wilderness Downtown, the interactive Arcade Fire music video, the Biophilia (Björk) application developed by the Scott Snibbe Studio, and the Scape (2012) application by Peter Chilvers and Brian Eno.