Clemens von Wedemeyer, Sun Cinema
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Clemens von Wedemeyer, Sun Cinema
Clemens von Wedemeyer
Sun Cinema. Open air cinema and film project for the city of Mardin
Oct 2010


Clemens von Wedemeyer has developed a sculptural open-air cinema at the border of the old city of Mardin overlooking the Mesopotamian plain. His film about the sun and the city of Mardin will be among the first films to be shown there.

In the context of "My City" five artists have been invited to develop unique projects, each for a different city in Turkey. The public unveiling of these five site-specific works in five different cities across Turkey will be held in between October 20th and 24th, 2010.

As part of the EU Civil Society Dialogue: Cultural Bridges Programme, My City has been designed and delivered by the British Council in partnership with Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center and Anadolu Kültür (Anatolian Culture), a leading independent cultural policy organization. The project is funded by the European Commission and the British Council and led by a dedicated team at the British Council in Istanbul. Artists from Europe have been nominated for My City by a panel of acclaimed international curators who made the selection together with British Council and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center; Andrea Schlieker (United Kingdom), curatorial adviser for My City and Curator of Folkestone Triennial, Brigitte Franzen (Germany), Director, Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Mika Hannula (Finland), University of Gothenburg/ freelance curator, Sebastian Cichocki (Poland) Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw and Silvia Eiblmayr (Austria) Co-curator Austrian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2009.

The project aims to bring contemporary art and culture to the heart of the dialogue between Europe and Turkey. At the core of the project, the five European artists listed above have been commissioned to create site-specific works in five Turkish cities which are distinguished by great cultural wealth and diversity and which markedly differ in their history, culture and social patterns. Each artist was assigned one of the five cities after careful deliberation by the international jury and the partner organisations. Since the start of the project in 2009 the artists have been visiting their cities to engage with their communities, getting to know the places and histories which have inspired the works they will be presenting.

Source: E-FLUX