Basak Senova is a curator and designer. She studied Literature and Graphic Design (MFA in Graphic Design and Ph.D. in Art, Design and Architecture at Bilkent University) and attended the 7th Curatorial Training Programme of Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam. As an assistant professor, she lectured in various universities in Turkey and in 2017 she was the resident fellow at the University of the Arts, Helsinki in co-operation with HIAP. She has recently received Associate Professorship by the Higher Education Council of Turkey.
Senova as been writing on art, technology and media, initiating and developing projects and curating exhibitions since 1995. She is one of the founding members of NOMAD, as well as the organizer of "ctrl_alt_del" sound art project and "Upgrade!Istanbul". She is the editor of art-ist 6, Kontrol Online Magazine, Lapses book series, UNCOVERED, Aftermath, Obje'ct, The Move, The Translation, Scientific Inquiries, Cultural Massacre, Ahmet Elhan-Ground Glass and Lines of Passage (in medias res) among other publications. Senova is one of the editorial correspondents of ibraaz.org and Turkish correspondent of Flash Art International. She curated Zorlu Center Collection for two years (2011-2012) by also acting as the editor of its publications. Senova acted as an advisory board member of the Turkish Pavilion in Venice Biennial and also the Istanbul Biennial as well as a member of the International Biennial Association’s (IBA) editorial board.
Senova was the curator of the Pavilion of Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale. She co-curated the UNCOVERED (Cyprus) and the 2nd Biennial of Contemporary Art, D-0 ARK Underground (Bosnia and Herzegovina). In 2014, she acted as the Art Gallery Chair of (ACM) SIGGRAPH 2014 (Vancouver) the curator of the Helsinki Photography Biennial 2014 and the Jerusalem Show VII: Fractures. In 2015, she curated the Pavilion of Republic of Macedonia at the 56th Venice Biennale and in 2016, Lines of Passage (in medias res) Exhibition in Lesvos. Since the beginning of 2017, she has been working on a long-term research-based art project Cross Sections in Vienna, Helsinki, and Stockholm.
BASAK SENOVA (MURATOGLU)
2017 Associate Professorship presented by the Higher Education Council of Turkey.
1995 MFA in Graphic Design, "A Vanguard of Postmodern Condition: Verbal and Visual Rhetoric in Contemporary Advertising" Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Department of Graphic Design of Bilkent University.
1992 Certificate of Education (Pedagogical Formation) Faculty of Education, Education Sciences Department of Hacettepe University.
1992 Diploma of English Philology, Faculty of Letters, Division of Western Languages and Literatures, Department of English Language and Literature of Hacettepe University.
SCHOLARSHIPS and GRANTS
2018 Nordic Art Association Curatorial Residency, Stockholm.
2017-2018 Kunsthalle Exnergasse (KEX) Researcher in Residence | KEX Studio, Vienna.
2017 Resident Fellow Programme, Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki, funded by the Saastamoinen Foundation and implemented in co-operation with HIAP.
2016 Curatorial Research Residency, KulturKontakt, Vienna.
2016 Expert Visit iaspis, Stockholm.
2014 Travel grant for Curatorial Research Visit to Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. 'Australia + Turkey Visiting Curators Initiative 2015', supported by supported and enabled by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
2014 The Participation Grant for the IBA Conference and General Assembly in Berlin, presented by Kulturstiftung des Bundes.
2013 Travel grant for Curatorial Visit to Northern Ireland, presented by British Council.
2013 Curatorial Residency in Florence presented by Marrakech Biennale and Villa Romana. Florence.
2012 Travel grant for World Biennial Forum No 1, Gwangju, presented by the Prince Claus Fund in The Netherlands.
2010 International curators program in Scotland presented by Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art, Glasgow.
2007-2008 Research grant presented by Scientific Research Committee, Kadir Has University.
2008 Short-term curatorial residency in the UK- "CN Residency", Plymouth University, i-DAT (Institute of Digital Art and Technology) and Plymouth Arts Centre.
2006 Curatorial residency in Egypt- "Open Studio, Curatorial Visiting Programme", Townhouse, Cairo.
2006 Curatorial residency (part 2) in Macedonia- "Visiting Curatorial Initiative" Pro Helvetia Skopje, Swiss Cultural Program.
2005 International visitor program by Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.
2005 International visitor program by OCA (The Office for Contemporary Art Norway), Oslo.
2005 Short-term research residency and grant in Austria “Forum Stadtpark”, Graz, Felix Meritis Gulliver's Connect Program 2005, financially supported by the Social Transformation Programme (MATRA) of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2005 Curatorial residency (part 1) in Macedonia- "Visiting Curatorial Initiative" Pro Helvetia Skopje, Swiss Cultural Program.
2002 Scholarship in the Netherlands, for The Amsterdam Maastricht Summer University, presented by Dutch Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.
2002 Grant in the Netherlands, for the Curatorial Programme of Foundation De Appel, Amsterdam, presented by Dutch Ministry of Education, Science and International Istanbul Biennial, Culture and Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.
1999 Short-term research residency and grant in the United Kingdom presented by Istanbul British Council.
1998 Scholarship for Honour Degrees (Full support-Financial Aid for MFA and Ph.D Programmes). Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Department of Graphic Design of Bilkent University.
2017 Resident Fellow, Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts, Helsinki.
2016-2017 Lecturer, Department of Visual Communication Design, Faculty of Social Sciencies and Humanities, Social Sciences University of Ankara.
2016 -2017 IT Operations Coordinator, Department of Visual Communication Design, Faculty of Social Sciencies and Humanities, Social Sciences University of Ankara, employed by Inovera Software, Enterprise Solutions.
2014-2016 Lecturer, Department of Communication Design, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Bilkent, Ankara.
2014 Art Gallery Chair, Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group (ACM) SIGGRAPH 2014 Conference, Vancouver.
2014 Creative Showcase Co-Chair (with Alok Nandi), ACE 2014, 11th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, Funchal, Madeira.
2013-2014 Lecturer, Faculty of Communication, Department of Communication Design, Koç University, Istanbul.
2006-2010 Assist. Prof. Dr., Faculty of Communication, Department of Communication Design, Kadir Has University, Istanbul
2011-2012 Curator, Zorlu Center Collection, Istanbul.
2006-2010 Assist. Prof. Dr., Faculty of Communication, Department of Communication Design, Kadir Has University, Istanbul.
2005-2006 Visiting Lecturer, Communication Faculty, Arts and Cultural Management Department, Bilgi University, Istanbul.
2002-present Director, NOMAD.
2003-2005 Vice Chair and Lecturer, Fine Arts Faculty, Dept. of Art Management, Yeditepe Uni., Istanbul.
2003 Visiting Lecturer, Fine Arts Faculty, Institute of Social Science, Istanbul Technical Uni., Istanbul.
1999 – 2002 Creative Director, Investhink Limited, London, New York, Istanbul.
1998 Lecturer, Fine Arts Faculty, Department of Graphic Design of Istanbul Beykent University, Istanbul.
1997 Art Director, Dream Design Factory Co., Istanbul.
1994-1997 Research Assistant, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Dept. of Graphic Design of Bilkent University, Ankara.
2018 “CrossSections_Potentials” (Group Exhibition) Kunsthalle Exnergasse - WUK (Werkstätten und Kulturhaus), Vienna.
2018 “(1954) Chasing a Coin” Ali Taptik. Hera Büyüktasciyan, Marco DiGiovanni”. Yapı and Kredi Art Center Istanbul.
2016-2017 “Discord. Benji Boyadgian”. Galata Greek School, Istanbul, Art Rooms, Kyrenia and Al Ma’mal, Jerusalem.
2016 “Lines of Passage (in medias res)” Municipality of Mytilene Art Gallery, Lesvos.
2016 “Cultural Massacre. Kemal Ankaç” Art Rooms, Kyrenia.
2015 "Contaminated Zones" Jesper Nordhal, Museum of Fine Arts (Galerija Umjetnina), Split.
2015 “We are all in this alone”. Pavilion of the Republic of Macedonia at the 56th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennial, (Hristina Ivanoska and Yane Calovski), Venice.
2015 “Line” (two exhibitions and a series of performances). Art Rooms, Kyrenia.
2015 “Stepping over the Borders”. European Mediterranean Art Association, Nicosia.
2014 “Jerusalem Show”, under the coverage of Qalandiya International, Jerusalem.
2014 “Spinning On An Axis. Yane Calovski and Benji Boyadgian”. (co-curated with Stephane Ackermann), under the coverage of curated by, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Vienna.
2014 “ACM SIGGRAPH 2014 Art Gallery”, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver.
2014 “Helsinki Photography Biennial 2014”, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Kaisa House, L3-building in Jätkäsaari, and Galleria U, Helsinki.
2013 "Scientific Inquiries", Koç University and American Hospital Art Gallery, Istanbul.
2013 "Beyond Reasoning" Panayiotis Goubouros [Medea Electronique], Goethe Institut, Ankara.
2013 "2nd Biennial of Contemporary Art, D-0 ARK Underground, Bosnia and Herzegovina" (co-curated with Branko Franceschi), Tito's Atomic War Command - Nuclear Shelter, Konjic.
2013 "Symphony" Adel Abidin. Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai.
2013 "The Translation" Wael Shawky. Chto Delat. Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich.
2012 "The Move" Adel Abidin. Runa Islam. Rosa Barba, Arter, Istanbul.
2012 "Aftermath (Hesaplasma)" Akbank Art Center, Istanbul.
2012 "Red Passage" Ali Cabbar. Yapi ve Kredi Art Center, Istanbul.
2012 "Siyah (White)" CDA Projects, Istanbul.
2011 “Soft Borders” Upgrade International Exhibition (co-curated with Elena Veljanovska) UNESP, Sao Paulo.
2011 “UNCOVERED. Nicosia International Airport” Exhibition (co-curated with Pavlina Paraskevaidou) Nicosia, Cyprus.
2011 “Ping Pong” Adel Abidin. Gallery Zilberman, Istanbul.
2011 "The 30th International Contemporary Artists Istanbul Exhibition" (co-curated with Fulya Erdemci and Arzu Yayıntas) Akbank Art Center, Istanbul.
2011 “Extracted Objects” Ipek Duben. CDA Projects, Istanbul.
2010 “Postcapital Archive. 1989-2001” Daniel Garcia Andujar. Opal Contemporary Art Space, Istanbul.
2010 “Eclipsed Voices”, Open Space Zentrum fuer Kunstprojekte, Vienna.
2010 “Disquiet Shadow” Ali Cabbar. Yapı ve Kredi Kâzım Taşkent Art Galleri, Istanbul.
2009 “Lapses”. Pavilion of Turkey at the 53rd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennial, (“Exploded City" by Ahmet Ögüt, and "CATALOG 2009" by Banu Cennetoglu), Venice.
2008 “Unrecorded”. Akbank Art & Culture Center, Istanbul.
2007 “Light, Illumination, Electricity Exhibition / Open Studio”. A collaborative project with The Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, santralistanbul, ZINC – ECM de la Friche Belle de Mai, NOMAD and SCCA. Energy Museum & Residency Studios, santralistanbul , Istanbul.
2006 “under.ctrl”. Forum Stadtpark, Graz.
2006 “Rejection Episodes”. Arts Centre Vooruit and De Centrale , Ghent.
2005 “Tele-city”. Siemens-Sanat, Istanbul.
2004 “Future Projections: Arwashat and Child Testimony” Sabreen Studio. The Apartment Project, Istanbul.
2004 “The 23rd International Contemporary Artists Diyarbakir Exhibition” DSM, Diyarbakir.
2004 “The 23rd International Contemporary Artists Istanbul Exhibition” Akbank, Istanbul.
2004 “Notes From Quarantine”, ZKM | Karlsruhe “Call Me Istanbul“ exhibition, Karlsruhe.
2004 “Walking Istanbul, Notes from the Quarantine” The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon.
2003 “Glassights”, The Apartment Project, Istanbul.
2003 “Contemporary Plastic, ROR (Revolutions on Request)”, Marres, Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst, Maastricht.
2003 “Istanbul, Daydreaming in Quarantine”, Balkan Konsulat, Contemporary art from South-Eastern Europe - Belgrad, Prag, Budapest, Sarajevo, and St. Petersburg. <rotor> Gallery, Graz.
2002 “Haunted by Detail” (with De Appel CTP 02), Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam.
2002 “Married by Powers, Guided by Voices by Bik Van der Pol” (De Appel CTP 02). Frac Nord – Pas De Calais, CBK, TENT, Artoteek Rijnmond, TENT Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam.
2002 “Short-cut” (De Appel CTP 2002), Stichting Kunst en Openbare Ruimte (SKOR) Inkijk, Amsterdam.
1999 “Ground: Space_Surface_Layer”, Gallery Bir Dukkan, Istanbul.
1997 “Intersection”, SAN-ART, International Symposium and Art Events, METU Culture Congress Centre, Ankara.
1996 "Unmasking the Mask", Çukurova University and The Union of Chambers of Architects and Engineers, Adana.
2017-2018 “CrossSections” project organized in partnership of Kunsthalle Exnergasse - WUK (Werkstätten und Kulturhaus) in Vienna; iaspis - the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists and Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, and NKF - The Nordic Art Association in Stockholm; Nya Småland in different locations in Sweden; Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia - Kaasaegse Kunsti Eesti Keskus in Tallinn; HIAP - Helsinki International Artist Programme and University of the Arts Helsinki - Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki.
2016-2018 “neonomad Project” supported by SAPAR Gallery + Incubator, takes place in Vienna, Vancouver, Stockholm, Almaty, Istanbul, and New York.
2013-2014 "1954. Ali Taptık. Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Marco DiGiovanni". On Yapı and Kredi Coin Collection, production of art projects, publications, and an exhibition, Yapı and Kredi Art Center İstanbul.
2013 -2014 "Transition Project" (co-curator: Fatma Bucak) Series of Performances, A book and And exhibiton , Yapı and Kredi Art Center İstanbul.
2013 " Remote: Relocating Sound". Joint project of Goethe Institut (ArtUP!), NOMAD and Bilkent University (ATMM – Audio Technologies for Music and Media), Ankara.
2013 Producing with Simohamed Fettaka for "As de Deux: 5 X 2 X 2". Mediterranean dialogues: between artists from the southern Mediterranean and curators from the northern and eastern sides of the Mediterranean Sea", Marrakech Biennale and Villa Romana. Florence.
2010 - 2013 “UNCOVERED. Nicosia International Airport “ (in the United Nations Protected Area) International part of the "Art-Intervention Program" (co-curate with Pavlina Paraskevaidou) developed by Argyro Toumazou and Özgül Ezgin in the context of peace talks, under the auspices of the United Nations Good Offices, Cyprus.
2010 Three Days Event: Subject To Change Without Notice with Will Foster and Guyan Porter, with the contribution of Banu Cennetoğlu.Akbank Art Center, Istanbul.
2007 “ctrl-alt-del” sound-art project . Parallel event to the 10th Int. Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul.
2006 The Istanbul phase of HTMlles EXPORT 2 , 7th edition of the HTMlles Festival: Peripheries + Proximities, Montreal. NOMAD, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center and the Apartment Project, Istanbul.
2005 “ctrl-alt-del” sound-art project. “positionings” section of the 9th Int. Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul.
2005 “ Talking Game”, streaming project. Netart Community Congress 2005, Graz.
2005 “Sonic notes from Istanbul” for Radiodays, live events broadcasted from Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam.
2005 “NOMAD-TV.network” 30 workshops, presentations, and talks, and archive. Siemens-Sanat, Istanbul.
2004 “loosing.ctrl” performances, talk and screenings, Babylon, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Apartment Project, NOMAD Station 2, Istanbul.
2004 “A talk, a performance by Anabala film & video selection by NOMAD”. Trans_European Picnic: The Art and Media of Accession, Novi Sad, Serbia. Hosted by kuda.org, Novi Sad, V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam.
2003 “ctrl-alt-del” sound-art project, Istanbul and Maastricht.
2017 “neonomad Project ”. Open Studios, HIAP Suomenlinna Studios, Helsinki
2015 "Videos on Stage: Ruins and Wounds". ArtInternational, Istanbul.
2014 “Videos on Stage: An Epidemic of Amnesia”. ArtInternational, Istanbul.
2014 "Operating in Multiple Realities" for "What Now?" program of Art in General, New York.
2013 “Videos on Stage: Parallel Lines”. ArtInternational, Istanbul.
2013 “Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File by Wael Shawky”. The Translation. Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich.
2009 “Turkey. Video Selection”. Video.it 2009. Artegiovane, Torino.
2007-2008 “Animations on Altered Visions”. Work to do! Self-organisation in precarious working conditions. Film Programme, Shedhalle, Zurich.
2007-2008 “Coffe with Sugar”, Lab.preparat, Seoul, InterSpace, Sofia, Netfilmmakers, Copenhagen, NOMAD, Istanbul.
2008 "Chain Reaction", Upgrade!International Screening Programme, Skopje.
2006 “Snapshot 1”. CeC &CaC, India International Centre, New Delhi, India.
2006 “Snapshot 1” & “Snapshot 2”, Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo.
2006 “Snapshot 1”, Kulturni Inkubator, Maribor.
2006 Conscious in Coma. A collaborative project of nine curators from Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran. Goethe Institut, Istanbul.
2005 “Vertigo Entrapped – Volume 2” video and photography selection ATTITUDE Festival, Bitola.
2005 “loosing.ctrl” Transmediale .05, International Media Art Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
2005 “Vertigo Entrapped”. Serial Cases Iasi, Graz, Holon, Novi Sad, Sofia, Prague, Istanbul, Zagreb.
2005 “Screening Series”. press to exit project space, Pro Helvetia, Swiss Cultural Programme Macedonia, Skopje.
2005 “Collaborative Projects”, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon.
2003 “Istanbul” film programme, Balkan Konsulat,. Mediathek der Stadt Graz, Graz.
2002 “Haunted by Detail” Film" Video Program (De Appel CTP 2002), Filmmuseum, Amsterdam.
2016-present Member of Editorial Board, International Biennial Association (IBA) Publication: PASS.
2013 - present Correspondent Editor for Turkey, Flash Art International, Milan and New York.
2010 - present Correspondent Editor, ibraaz.org, London.
2013 -2015 Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Broadsheet Magazine, Brisbane.
2012-present Member of Editorial Advisory Board of Sanat Dünyamiz Culture and Arts Magazine, Istanbul.
2015 Editor of We are all in this alone. (The Book of the Pavilion of the Republic of Macedonia in the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennial). National Gallery of Macedonia, Skopje.
2015 Co-editor of The Project Biennial of Contemporary Art D-0 Ark 1-2-3 (with Sandra Miljevic Hozic), Sarajevo.
2014 Editor of A Book of Songs and Places (on Maxime Hourani's durational project at the 13th Istanbul Biennale), IKSV, Istanbul.
2014 Co-editor of MUSTARINDA | The Helsinki Photography Biennial Edition | HBP14.. Mustarinda Association, Helsinki.
2011 -2014 Editor of 1st, 2nd, 3th and 4th Istanbul Rotary Contemporary Art Competition and Exhibition Book, Istanbul.
2012 Editor of Scientific Inquiries, Istanbul.
2012 Co-editor of "The Biennial Dossier" (with Mine Haydaroğlu) Sanat Dünyamiz Culture and Arts Magazine, Istanbul.
2012 Editor of Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo.
2013 Editor of Symphony. Dubai.
2013 Editor of The Translation. (with Adrian Notz), Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich
2012 Editor of Obj'ect. Yane Calovsk, Istanbul.
2012 Co-editor of The Move. (with Ilkay Balic), Istanbul.
2012 Editor of 4 Artist Booklets for RAMPA: Hatice Güleryüz, Servet Koçyigit, Selma Gürbüz, and Inci Furni, Istanbul.
2012 Editor Zorlu Center Art Collection 2010-2011, Istanbul.
2012 Editor of Aftermath. Akbank Art Center, Istanbul.
2011 Editor of White (Siyah). CDA Projects, Istanbul.
2012 Editor of Rotary Istanbul Art Prize and Competition, Istanbul.
2011 Co-editor (with Pavlina Paraskevaidou). UNCOVERED. Nicosia International Airport, Nicosia.
2011 Editor of 11 Artist Booklets for RAMPA: Leyla Gediz, Vahap Avsar, Ayse Erkmen, Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, Erinç Seymen, Nilbar Güres, Güçlü Öztekin, Ahmet Oran, Cengiz Çekil, Ergin Çavusoglu, Nevin Aladag, Istanbul.
2011 Editor of Ping Pong. Adel Abidin. Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul.
2010 Editor of Extracted Objects. Ipek Duben. CDA Projects, Istanbul.
2009-2010 Editor of Lapses/*1, Lapses/*3 and Lapses/*4. (Book series of the 53rd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennial Pavilion of Turkey). First Ed. IKSV. Istanbul.
2006 Co-editor (with Yane Calovski) Kontrol online magazine. http://nomad-tv.net/kontrol
2003 Editor for press bulletins of the 8th Int. Istanbul Biennial (curated by Dan Cameron).
2002 Editor of Art-Ist 6: Contemporary Art Magazine, Istanbul.
2001 Writing for Art-Ist 5: Contemporary Art Magazine, Istanbul.
2001 Writing for Domus, m Magazine of Architecture, Design, Art and Communication, Istanbul.
1999 Editor for press bulletins of the 6th Int. Istanbul Biennial (curated by Paolo Colombo).
1995 The Chief Editor, 4th Int. Istanbul Biennial Bulletins (curated by Rene Block).
2012 - 2016 Developed and coordinated Akbank Sanat International Curatorial Competition.
2005 Upgrade!Istanbul, Istanbul node of the international network Upgrade! on art, technology & culture. http://nomad-tv.net/upgradeistanbul
2002 Founded “NOMAD” non-profit organization for experimental approaches in digital art. http://nomad-tv.net
On contemporary art, design, technology and media since 1995. Please go to publications page.
2005-2018 Curatorial Researches and Residencies: NKF- Nordiska Konstförbundet (Nordic Art Association) Stockholm; Kunsthalle Exnergasse - WUK | KEX Studio, Vienna; HIAP, Helsinki; KulturKontakt, Vienna; IASPIS, Stockholm and Gothenburg; Australia Council for the Arts and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Artspace, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane; British Council, Derry- Londonderry and Belfast; Romanian Cultural Institution, Bucharest; Dar Al-Ma'mûn, Marrakesh; Plymouth University, i-DAT and Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth, press to exit project space, Pro Helvetia, Skopje, Swiss Cultural Program Macedonia, Skopje; Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam; OCA, Oslo; Forum Stadtpark, Graz
2005 Workshop: “Media Strategies for Social Change” MCTC, MASHAV, Haifa.
2003 “The Value of Culture” The Amsterdam Maastricht Summer University, Amsterdam.
1997- 1999 Researches: on media studies: "Televised Popular Agenda: A Cross-Cultural Research on Television", London, research and on "Popular Culture", British Council, Istanbul.
SELECTED SEMINARS, TALKS, and PANELS
2018 Talk: “CrossSections−Public Meeting", iaspis, Stockholm.
2017 Presentation and Talk: “KEX Open Studio-CrossSections", WUK (Werkstätten und Kulturhaus), Vienna Art Week, Vienna.
2017 Workshop: “Project mapping-CrossSections", Zentrum Fokus Forschung, The University of Applied Arts (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien), Vienna.
2017 Lecturer & program designer: “Designing Perception: concept development, exhibition design and contemporary art”. Nesin Art Village, Nesin Mathematics Village, Sirince, İzmir.
2017 Talk: “On Curating: Intensities and Temporalities"” Faulty of Architecture, Istanbul Bilgi University.
2017 Talk: “Benji Boyadgian in Conversation with Basak Senova: The Discord”, HAM (Helsinki Art Museum), Helsinki.
2017 Resident Fellow Lecture: “On Spatial and Temporal Encounters” Exhibition Laboratory, UniArts, Helsinki.
2017 Talk: Basak Senova & Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger” “Curator Who” HAM (Helsinki Art Museum), Helsinki.
2017 Talk: “On Curating” CCA, Estonia.
2017 Lecture: “Translating and Curating Data” Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts, Helsinki.
2017 Lecture: “On Exhibition Making” for the PRAXIS (Exhibition Studies Master's Programme) students, Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts, Helsinki.
2016 Talk: “neo nomad project” The Austrian Federal Chancellery and KulturKontakt Austria, KKA Atelier, Vienna.
2016 Keynote speaker: “On Spatial and Temporal Encounters” CONTEMPHOTO '16, 3rd International Visual Culture and Contemporary Photography Conference, DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center), Istanbul.
2015 Presented Paper: “Developing Forms of Resistance: Reading Standpoints Through Projects” in Re-Orientation. Context of Contemporary Art in Turkey and Abroad Conference, Ludwig Maximilian University & Haus der Kunst, Munich.
2015 Conversation: “Interview with Hera Buyuktasciyan”, Haus der Kunst, Munich.
2015 Presentation and Book Launch: “Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground, Bosnia and Herzegovina”, Museum of Fine Arts (Galerija Umjetnina), Split.
2015 Talk "Line" with Benji Boyadgian, Christina Georgiou, and Emre Ekinci, Art Rooms, Kyrenia.
2015 Panel "Dissonant Archives: Contemporary Visual Culture and Contested Narratives in the Middle East" with Vahap Avşar, Burak Arikan, Meriç Algün Ringborg, moderated by Anthony Downey, Salt Galata, Istanbul.
2015 Panel "Pas de Deux and beyond" with Alya Sebti and Angelika Stepken, moderated by Iris Lenz, ifa-Gallery, Stuttgart.
2015 Talk "On Producing Research and Condition Based Projects" 7th Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators: Before Numbers. Continental Breakfast
2015, Ca' Rezzonico - Museum of the 18th Century, Venice.
2015 Talk "Positioning Oneself: Observing Young Artists from Turkey" with Begum Satiroglu, Villa Romana, Florence.
2015 Talk "On Jerusalem Show"and Panel "How do we engage with alternative cartographies? Geopolitics and the production of knowledge in a globalised world" moderated by Anthony Downey, SALT Galata, Istanbul.
2015 Conducted a 10 days workshop with Alenka Gregoric for the Young Artists Residency Program of Confrontation Through Art Project, organized by EMAA and Rooftop Theatre Group, Nicosia.
2015 Talk for "The Way Things Can Go Symposium," curated by Fawz Kabra, in conjunction with the 2015 Armory Focus exhibition section curated by Omar Kholeif at the Armory Show, New York.
2015 Talk for "Inside, Outside & In Parallel: Speculations from four curators working in the Turkish context", Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Artspace, Sydney, and IMA, Brisbane.
2014 Moderated Art Talks at SIGGRAPH 2014, (ACM), Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver.
2014 Presented "Perceptive Occupation and Control: The Algorithm between the Biennials and Places", ZKM|Biennial Conference: Prospect and Perspectives, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe.
2013 Presented "On Sound Projects of NOMAD" (with Erhan Muratoglu) ATMM – Audio Technologies for Music and Media. Department of Communication and Design, Bilkent University, Ankara.
2013 Talk "Basak Senova in conversation with Burak Arikan", Ibraaz Talks, Salt Beyoglu, Istanbul.
2013 Talk "Who's In Town? Branko Franceschi and Başak Şenova", Salt Beyoglu, Istanbul.
2013 Presented a paper "Saturated Intolerance", Shifting Sands Symposium CACSA, ArtSpace, Sydney and Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
2013 Talk ""Notes an a Collaborative Curatorial Model" (with Branko Franceschi), Villa Romana, Florence.
2013 Presentation and Book Launch "Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground, Bosnia and Herzegovina", Palazzo Zorzi, UNESCO Office, Venice.
2013 Presented "Perceptive Occupation and Control". 6th Venice Forum For Contemporary Art Curators: 2003-2013. A collection of curatorial data from the beginning of the millennium, Continental Breakfast. Running Time, Trieste Contemporanea, Venice.
2013 Lecture "Exhibition Process: Curatorial Methodologies and Design", Current Issues in Cultural Management and Policy II, modular course for MA in Cultural Management, Bilgi University, Istanbul.2013 Lecture "Exhibition Process: Curatorial Methodologies and Design", Department of Graphic Design, Bilkent University, Ankara 2013 Talk "The Translation" with Adrian Notz, moderated by Adnan Yildiz, Kūnstlerhaus and filmgalerie 451, Stuttgart 2013 Lecture and Workshop "On Memory and Space", Schule für Gestaltung / Weiterbildung HF Bildende Kunst, St. Gallen.
2012 Panel Kresge Artist Fellowship "Curating Now" Panel. Detroit, Michigan.
2012 Panel and Book Launch "UNCOVERED Book 1" Depo, Istanbul.
2012 Presented "Lost in Memory". Curating Exchange International Symposium, Skopje.
2011 Panel and Book Launch "UNCOVERED Book 1" Depo, Istanbul.
2011 Presented "UNCOVERED project" Salt, Istanbul.
2012 Presented "UNCOVERED project and the Archive" Umam, Hangar, Beirut.
2011 Panel: "On Zorlu Center Collection", The Making of an Art Collection with Hans Irrek, Can Elgiz, Walter Seidl, moderated by Karoly Aliotti at CI DIALOGUES, Istanbul.
2011 Presentation and Book Launch "UNCOVERED Book 1" Home for Cooperation, Cyprusl
2011 Four Days Seminar Series: "Upon Biennials and Large Scale Contemporary Art Activities". Contemporary Art Studio, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul
2011 Presented "The curatorial work of the UNCOVERED project" 4th Annual March Meeting under the 10th edition of the Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah.
2010 Three Days Seminar Series “Designing Exhibition Processes”, EMAA, Northern Cyprus, Nicosia.
2010 Presented Paper: “Surviving through “mobility” and “connectivity”. Tracing Mobility: Cartography and Migration in Networked Space Symposium, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham.
2010 Lecture “Digital Culture in Turkey” for the Hybrid Media Lab, based at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto.
2009 Lecture and Workshop. 14th Edition of BJCEM, Skopje 2009: The Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and Mediterranean, European University, Skopje.
2009 A conversation with Ned Rossiter on ‘Organised Networks’. Durational Practice and Organised Networks. “Out of Blue”, International Symposium initiated and organized by The Blue House, Ijburg.
2009 Seminar: “Case of NOMAD”. Artist-Run Spaces: An Alternative Model of Practice and Exhibition in North Africa and the Middle East Today, Tate Modern, London.
2008 Lecture at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdam.
2007 Presented paper: “Inter_Connections” Seminar with Ute Meta Bauer and Paul O’Neill. Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth.
2007 Presented paper: “Detecting Digital Culture in Turkey”. CWS Conference, Lab.preparat, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul.
2006 Seminar: “Sound-art in Turkey and the ctrl_alt_del Project”. The Upgrade! International: DIY Oklahoma City Symposium Untitled [ArtSpace], Oklahoma City.
2006 Seminar: “The Issues of Control, Processed by Digital Art” MSE (Middle and Southern Eastern Europe) Meeting National Gallery, Pristine.
2006 Conducted “Visiting Curatorial Initiative: cross-meeting 1”. Swiss Cultural Program South East Europe and Ukraine. press to exit project space, Skopje.
2006 Conducted “Container Project - Istanbul meeting ” partners: kuda.org (Novi-Sad,), InterSpace (Sofia), NOMAD (Istanbul), Townhouse (Cairo) and <rotor> Gallery (Graz). Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul.
2006 Panelist at “INTERLACE 1” with Philip Sherburne (moderation), Marcos Boffa, Matjaz Mancek, Alain Mongeau, and Jan Rohlf. C Transmediale, Berlin.
2005 Conducted a workshop on Curatorial Practices with young Macedonian curators in the framework of the Visiting Curatorial Initiative, ”, Swiss Cultural Program South East Europe and Ukraine. press to exit project space, Skopje.
2005 Guest Lecturer “A series of Lectures” for Curatorial Studies Programme conducted by Suzanne Van de Ven, Dept. of Art and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam.
2004 Moderator at Panel Discussion: "Performing an International Arts Program" Matei Bejenaru, Eyal Danon, David Kulhanek, Edi Muka, and Branka Curcic Middle and South-Eastern Europe meeting,
2004 Presented paper: "Extracts from a Polyphonic Urbanscape: A Case of Istanbul through Cultural Productions" for Conference: Cities of Collision organized by International Peace and Cooperation Centre IPCC, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem, University of Arts Berlin, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jerusalem.
2004 “ Debate "Go for Soft Institution!" with Christiane Mennicke, Basak Senova, and Arno van Roosmalen, Moderator: Valentijn Byvanck.TRACER project of TENT. / Witte de With, Rotterdam.
2004 “The structure and operation of NOMAD” Regional New-Media Meeting, Goethe Institute, Belgrade.
2004 Took part in “Balkan Reunion / Pub(lic) Conference ”A follow up project for "In den Schluchten des Balkan" (Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, 2003), Institute of Contemporary Art - Sofia, Sofia.
2003 Presented paper: “Reversing A Capitalist Drift through Practices of the Contemporary Art Audience” Definitely Speaking Seminar Part 3: The Feminine City, Public Art in a Gender Perspective, by Swedish Institute, Platform, Istanbul.
2002 Presented paper: “Cinematographic Spaces constructed by Nomadic Technologies” with Emre Erkal An Interdisciplinary Meeting, Cinema and Design: Design in Wonderland. Architecture Fac. ITU, Istanbul.
2003 Panelist “Draining the Poison” panel for ISTANBUL project- Balkan Konsulat - <rotor> Celery, Graz
2002 Presented paper: “Pull and Push Performances: The notion of interaction in performances or performative actions”. which which way way. Marres Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst, Maastricht.
1999 Presented paper: "Screen_Time_Anti-Hero: Alice in Screen Interval", Seyyar Seminerler 1, Panel No: 3 "The Visual Phases of Technology", Foundation of Social Studies, Istanbul.
1996 Presented paper: “The Ethnic Shadows Reflecting Over The City Texture”, Cukurova Unversity, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture / The Union of Chambers of Architects and Engineers of Turkey, Adana.
Social Sciences University of Ankara (2016 -2017)
Basic Design (Department of Visual Communication Design, Faculty of Social Sciencies and Humanities)
Bilkent University, Ankara (2014-2016)
Koç University, Istanbul, 2013-2014
Art Direction and Management (Media Arts and Visual Arts Department)
Kadir Has University (2005-2010)
OTHER ACADEMIC COMMITMENTS (Kadir Has University)
2009-2010 Member, Executive Committee, Faculty of Communication
2014-present Member, Istanbul Biennial.
2013-present Member, Honolulu Biennial, Hawaii.
2013-present Member, Protocinema, Istanbul and New York.
2012-present Member, "Sanat Dünyamiz" Culture and Arts Magazine Istanbul.
2009-2012 Member, Depo, Istanbul.
2009-2012 Member, Turkish Pavilion at Venice Biennale
2008-2010 Member, Thesis Jury, PhD in Art and Design: Orton Akıncı, Institute of Social Sciences Art and Design Programme, Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul.
2008-2010 Member, Thesis Jury, PhD in Interactive Media Design: Hüseyin Kuşçu, Institute of Social Sciences Art and Design Programme, Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul.
2006-2010 Member, Thesis Jury, in Art History: Pelin Tan, Institute of Social Sciences, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul.
2008-2010 Member, Thesis Jury, MA in Communication Sciences: Kaya Tabanlı, Zeynep Altundağ, and Emir Somer, Graduate Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Kadir Has University, Istanbul.
2016-present Jury member. “The Istanbul Rotary Contemporary Art Competitions and Exhibitions” with Gülsün Karamustafa Can Elgiz, Birol Özalp, Işın Önol, and Ayşe Umur, Istanbul.
2015 Coordinated “Akbank Sanat International Curatorial Competition 2015” and worked with the jury
2014 Chair of the Selection Committee: “Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group (ACM) SIGGRAPH Art Gallery Jury” with Mona Kasra, Amit Zoran, Kate Armstrong, Cezanne Charles, and Mushon Zer-Aviv. New York University, New York.
2014 Coordinated “Akbank Sanat International Curatorial Competition 2014” and worked with the jury members: Susanne Pfeffer, Sam Bardaouil, Till Fellrath, Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger,, Istanbul
2014 Member of Selection Committee: “Middle East Technical University-Art”, Ankara.
2014 Chair of the jury: "Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group (ACM) SIGGRAPH Art Gallery Jury" with Mona Kasra, Amit Zoran, Kate Armstrong, Cezanne Charles, and Mushon Zer-Aviv. NYU, New York.
2013 Coordinated "Akbank Sanat International Curatorial Competition 2013" and worked with the jury members: Anne Barlow, Branko Franchesci and Christine Tohme, Istanbul.
2013 Chair of the jury: “Henkel Art.Award, Istanbul” with Bige Orer, Erdag Aksel, and Zeren Göktan by Henkel, Istanbul.
2013 "Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group (ACM) SIGGRAPH Art Gallery Jury" with Victoria Szabo, Sue Gollifer, Timothy Senior, Mona Kasra, Anya Belkina, Francesca Regan, Elona Van Gent. Duke University, Durham.
2012 Developed and coordinated "Akbank Sanat International Curatorial Competition" and one of the jury members of "Akbank Sanat International Curatorial Competition 2012" with Jack Persekian and Francis Mckee, Istanbul.
2012 Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group (ACM) SIGGRAPH Art Gallery" with Cezanne Charles, Lauren Cornell, Mona Kasra, Daniel Sauter, Osman Khan. MIT, Boston.
2012 Chair of the jury: “Henkel Art.Award, Istanbul” with Bige Orer, Ipek Duben, and Zuhal Ulusoy by Henkel, Istanbul.
2012 "UNLIMITED Award for Contemporary Bulgarian Art", with Katia Anguelova and Andrea Wiarda. Art Project Depot, Sofia.
2011 “The 30th International Contemporary Artists Competition” with Fulya Erdemci and Arzu Yayintas by Painting and Sculpture Museums Association, Istanbul.
2011 Chair of the jury:"Young / Fresh / Different Competition for Artists and Curators "with Yane Calovski and Stephane Ackermann by CDA Projects, Istanbul.
2010 “Henkel Art.Award, Central Eastern Europe” (Vienna) with Karola Kraus, Juraj Carny, Dorota Monkiewicz , and Maria Vassileva by KulturKontakt, Vienna.
2010 Chair of the jury:“Henkel Art.Award, Istanbul” with Gülsün Karamustafa, Esra Sarigedik , and Zuhal Ulusoy by Henkel, Istanbul.
2009-present “Rotary Istanbul Art Prize” with Aysegül Sönmez, Can Elgiz, Birol Özalp, Kaya Özsezgin, and Hasim Nur Gürel (The jury gathers and selects artists for an exhibition every year), Istanbul.
2010 “art.homes: an exchange program of Munich-Istanbul artists” with Aysegül Sönmez, Marcus Graf, Anna Heidenhain, Bertrand Ivanoff, Beste Gürsu, and Canan Beykal by art.homes, Istanbul.
2003 “The 23rd International Contemporary Artists Competition” with Eyal Danon and Anton Lederer by Painting and Sculpture Museums Association, Istanbul.
2009 Academic Excellence Award, presented by Kadir Has University, Istanbul.
1999 First Prize in the category of Experimental Film of 11th. International Ankara Film Festival, Ankara.
1999 Special Award of Kodak for Short-Film of the Year, Istanbul.
1999 First Prize in the category of Experimental Film of IFSAK 20th. National Short-Film Competition, Istanbul.
1997-1998 Prize of Success Turkish Advertising Society, 10th. "Crystal Apple Prize", Istanbul.