Sunday, 19 April 2009

Istanbul Modern

Yesterday was very tiring but there isn't any reason for us to stay indoors today, not even to rest! :)

We went to visit a temporary exhibition at Istanbul Modern Art Museum. "In Praise Of Shadows" has been around for months but we only got to it this afternoon. The exhibition projects the traditions of shadow puppets combined with contemporary art form produced by many great minds from around the world. We were very surprised to see a huge display of cinema history, cartoon/animation and shadow theatre.

Verrrrrrry phallic LOL

A mysterious, ancient clock tower tucked in the far end of the compound

Welcome to the Istanbul's first of its kind museum

I'm not sure these are angels or girls in puffed sleeves dresses :P

In Praise Of Shadows promotional poster

You know how I always say everywhere we went, photography was always allowed and no one had problems with it? I guess this would be our first camera denial experience! No photography in Istanbul Modern. I'm not sure why.. but then again, who can truly understand rules of contemporary times right? *wink*

Nothing can stop me though. I am lawless (winning statement made by Tolga LOL).

Karagöz and Hacivat
Main characters traditional Turkish shadow puppet show (shown on plasma screen! :P)

This one is in the darkroom, giving us the cinematic effects LOL

My boyfriend paying full attention

Another temporary (photography) exhibition by Peter Müller Peter entitled "Pureblood Reflections"

I was surprised that there is a cinema at the lower floor, and the international films titles are in conjunction to the current exhibition theme; "Who Pulls The Strings" : Dolls (Japan), Strings (Denmark), Flight of the Red Balloon (France), Who Killed The Shadows (Turkey), Puppet Shorts (3 segments), and Being John Malkovich (USA).

Hahahahahaaha and we watched Being John Malkovich.

The cinema time-table

Want to be John Malkovich for 15 minutes? ;)

Nice, private cinema for less than 10 spectators

I don't think it's only because John Cusack plays a puppeteer dealing with his unusual life and involvement with 2 different women who are also very unusual. After watching, I realised this movie is most perfect for the cinema theme because the plot involves issues in abstract mind philosophy such as the nature of self and consciousness, the mind-body dichotomy, and sensory perception.

Equals to fucked up contemporary LOL


leo7_lion said...

I always envy at you, u travel lot places^^ I hope i hv the chance to do that too after graduate. But it still seems impossible XD

Gorgeous Ol' Eve Loves Vanilla. You? said...

Don't worry. You're so young and traveling locally is still travel, right? :)

elims Chuang 光宏 said...

Wow~ you are really sweet girl! and your story full of happiness~

keep it going~ ^_^

Gorgeous Ol' Eve Loves Vanilla. You? said...

Thanks! I remember you.


Julienne said...

I like the wayang kulit! lol

Gorgeous Ol' Eve Loves Vanilla. You? said...

Maybe can get from YouTube. Their jokes like yours.. the donkey-style LOL

Kev said...

it reminds me on wayang kulit. Long, long ago, wayang kulit was aired over national television in black % white, and i used to be scared by it.

hey, despite Turkey being a modern city, do you receive stares when you walk in the city with sleeveless blouse? Or do women/people there not as conservative as those over HERE (you know where la) in terms of attire?

Kev said...

Gee whiz... some typo in my previous post. Not in the right frame of mind this morning.

Oh, yeah. Good morning :)