After the Archive? On the Urgency of Documentation. A lecturer by Köken Ergun


Koken Ergun will talk about After the Archive?, a series of curated talks and workshops on the urgency of maintaining archives in Turkey, organized by him and Hasan Ozgür Top.

At this crucial time of political unrest, when freedom of expression is threatened and severely punished by the government, the artists decided to interrupt their artistic practice and discuss the emergency of preserving public memory. From the archives of Turkey's oldest newspaper, Cumhuriyet, which is in danger of being closed down, to forced disappearances in the Kurdish regions of Turkey, the project seeks to develop techniques of urgent archiving. The artists' aim is to facilitate the production and distribution of knowledge at a time when solidarity is practiced more and more in small and closed groups, in order to “stay alive” and “stay sane.” After the Archive? is run by Köken Ergun, Hasan Özgür Top, Sarp Renk Özer and Doğa Yirik.



Koken Ergun is an artist and filmmaker based in Istanbul. After working with American theater director Robert Wilson, Ergun became more involved with video and film. His multi-channel video installations have been exhibited internationally at institutions including Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; KIASMA, Helsinki; SALT, Istanbul; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; and Documenta 14, Kassel. His film works have received several awards at film festivals including the Tiger Award for Short Film at the 2007 Rotterdam Film Festival and the Special Mention Prize at the 2013 Berlinale.


Free admission with advance registration.

The talk is part of the first session of the conference.