Barbara London, Barbara London Calling
“In my podcast series Barbara London Calling, I host conversations with pioneering and up-and-coming artists. Together we explore what motivates and inspires these artists, what technologies they use in their unusually varied practices, and how they see the world as artists working at the forefront of technology and creativity. I want the twelve conversations in Barbara London Calling to show media art as the farthest-reaching, most innovative art of our time—a kind of art, and artist, that plays an essential role in the study and understanding of contemporary art in general.”
Barbara London, Video Art: The First 50 Years
“When I first encountered of dice and men (2011-16), a panoramic installation by Turkish-British artist Didem Pekün (1978) that manages to be both lyrical and politicized, I thought back to the great American video maker, poet and gay rights activist Marlon T Briggs (1957-1994). His deeply personal and emotional work tested the conventions of the media essay, a form that attempts to unravel the conplexxities of current political events…. Pekün, like Riggs, has blurred the line between narrative essay and fact-based documentary. In her case, she crafted something both time-based and sculptural."
Elif Akçalı, “Accented Essays: Documentary as Artistic Practice in Contemporary Audiovisual Works from Turkey”
“The overarching theme in the previous work discussed, namely Baldwin’s/Safoğlu’s exile, finds a match in Pekün’s expression of her non-belonging self in Of Dice and Men, as a traveller between two cities: Istanbul and London. This 40-minute work is designed as a bilingual essayistic diary chronicling both major and minor events, encounters, and incidents that took place in these cities between 2011 and 2014. In the film Pekün narrates her own understanding and interpretation of this time-frame as an artist on the move, travelling back and forth, and seemingly observing what is around her, by herself and as an outsider.”
Tue Steen Müller, Review of Araf
“Surprise me, give me something extraordinary, make the form important, challenge me, make me learn something new. This Turkish film, 45 minutes long, fulfilled the wishes of this old documentary addict.”