is a writer, lecturer, researcher and curator in the fields of dance, performance, the body and digital culture. She studied English Language and Literature (BA, Bogazici Univ.), History (MA, Bogazici Univ.) and Dance and New Technologies (DEA, Univ. Paris 8). She is instructor at the Management of Performing Arts Department of Bilgi University and at the Modern Dance Department of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University with courses on Performance Studies, Theories of the Body and Arts and New Media: Digital Performance. She has been giving lectures on New Technologies in Contemporary Performance, exhibiting interactive installations, leading workshops and writing critical articles on dance, performance and digital technologies. She is the curator of the international programme and co-organizer of TECHNE 06 International Istanbul Digital Performance Platform held in April 2006. Aylin Kalem is the co-founder of a multidisciplinary arts initiative "boDig" that focuses on the issues of the body in contemporary arts, performing arts and digital culture.
Beliz Demircioglu Cihandide
Choreographer/New media artist Beliz Demircioglu Cihandide has moved her base from New York City to Istanbul in 2006. She has received her MPS degree from Interactive Telecommunications Program and her BFA from Tisch School of the Arts Dance Department both at NYU. Her multimedia dance piece "Vantage Point" (in collaboration with Jamie Allen) was selected by Mikhail Baryshnikov for a residency at the Baryshnikov Art Center. Her INTOUCH project became the first interactive installation to be exhibited at the United Nations Headquarters. Her video/installation and multimedia dance works have been showcased at Codice-Idee per la Cultura, Eyebeam Gallery, Jack H. Skirball Center, Bushwick Arts Project, Vancouver NIME, Ask the Robot, Kasa Galeri, URA!, Tedance Festival (Lisbon) and Tanzquartier Wien among other venues. Beliz is a founding member of boDig (an Istanbul based arts initiative focusing mainly on the issues of the body in contemporary and digital culture)
Burak İşcen is the technical director of the boDig Association. He is an architect and designer. After graduating from Mimar Sinan University Architecture Department, he worked in several architecture companies, until he co-founded a yacht company, where he designs and builds boats. He took part in several stage productions as lighting and space designer. He is one of the founding members of boDig and also working as the administrative consultant.
Armando Menicacci is a musicologist and dance researcher. He has studied several years of dance (Vaganova technique), piano and music composition in Italy. He has a BA in History of Music at the Rome University La Sapienza and is now a PhD candidate at Paris VIII University on the use of digital technology in dance education. As a member of Anomos he organized with Emanuele Quinz a section of the international symposium ISEA (2000) on the new interfaces between body and machines. He is the director of Mediadanse at Paris VIII Dance Department laboratory (created with the support of the Anomos association). Mediadanse is mainly oriented towards research about dance and digital media, and in the lab he teaches Computer Assisted Choreography.
Armando also works for different institutions and choreographers as an artistic consultant and dramaturge. At the 2004 Monaco Dance Forum he co-directed the week-long research activities of the Tech Lab ("Extending Perception"), which has the aim of exploring how interactive technology systems might be customized to create a feedback environment (using sonic and visual cues) for a trained dancer/ performer that might increase their already high level of body awareness and perception. Among his artistic/research work are the generative dance score website "Underscore" and the interactive installation "Terra Incognita" (Museum of Contemporary Art in Fortaleza-Brazil (2005).
Tolga Tüzün is an electro-acoustic music composer. After receiving his BA in Political Sciences, he studied composition with Pieter Snapper and Marc Wingate and advanced orchestration with Ilhan Usmanbas and Hasan Ucarsu at the Istanbul Technical University, Center for Advanced Music Studies. His compositions have been performed in various cities throughout US and in Amsterdam, Paris, Dresden, Darmstadt, Klangfurt, Birmingham and Istanbul. During his studies for a Ph.D. in Music Composition at CUNY Graduate Center, he studied composition with David Olan and Tristan Murail in New York and with Philippe Leroux in Paris. He has given lectures on music theory and electro-acoustic music at several international conferences. Between 2003-2005, he taught harmony and composition at Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. Tolga Tüzün participated in the yearlong composition and computer music course at IRCAM during 2005-2006. He is currently teaching composition and computer music at Istanbul Bilgi University.
After attending Cognitive Science classes at Cornell University as an undergraduate student, Banu Pekol was educated at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, specializing on geometry and proportions in Western European Late Gothic Architecture. After graduation, she began working at the Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul as the adult education officer and later taught at Istanbul Bilgi University, Cultural Management Program.
She completed her PhD at the Istanbul Technical University, in the department of Architectural History focusing on the reuse of historic structures for new purposes, and its meaning for design and collective memory. She currently teaches at Kadir Has University, MA Programme in Design.
As a graduate of classical ballet and continuing to practice modern dance, she has been experimenting on methods to merge architecture and movement/dance. These experiments involve both theoretical work on perception, materiality and the virtual, and the use of new media in kinetic research, including real-time interaction, 3D models and actual sites.