Contemporary Art Program
Artist,Academicianİstanbul Nişantaşı University
The Upper Town is an eclectic arts and research program that brings together arts and sciences. It presents all data from archaeological surface analysis as source material in artistic works. In this context, it also examines the impact of research and knowledge production on contemporary art practice.
In the first year of the Phoenix Project, the curators of the Upper Town residency program begin with the preparatory process, during which they will conduct in-depth research to structure the artist residence for the artists, which will continue for the next four years.
The residency program connects with creative and academic communities in the region and on-site production, providing extensive research resources. Beyond intervening in the Taşlıca region, it aims to recognize the space and the needs and wishes of its inhabitants in order to make artistic suggestions suitable for the existing texture.
Artists/researchers are expected to carry out a series of workshops and production processes on topics such as the history and assets of the ancient settlement, urban memory, folk discourses, stories… The Taşlıca Sofrası, which will be held once a month, provides a platform for community participation and interaction while providing a platform for community participation and interaction, aims to collect.
The Upper Town focuses on collecting memories. Within the scope of the program, the family memories of the local people will come alive with the collective cultural backgrounds of the region, playgrounds, walking paths, meeting places, botanical assets and food culture discoveries.