…my kindly taxi driver said as I took a few last pictures of the city from the back seat of his cab on the way to Ataturk Airport and Amsterdam, after another long day up and down the cobblestone streets of Beyoğlu and Karaköy – more biennial, more Ficcin, more running into art-worldy friends on ..
…from the rooftop of the Marmara Pera hotel in the Beyoğlu quarter of Istanbul, was the perk of one of the many parties kicking off the Istanbul Biennial today – but one of only two that I had the steam for after hoofing it around the entirety of the Biennial exhibition filling the endless assemblage ..
…some of them lovingly hand-painted and even featuring the name of the cat over the front door, are what I stumbled upon (almost literally) this afternoon, filling a section of sidewalk on a narrow sloping street just up the hill from my hotel and the Antrepo warehouse sites of the Istanbul Biennial (opening for press previews ..
…the Istanbul based architecture studio founded by Turkish Selva Gürdoğan and Danish Gregers Tang Thomsen, presented their design of the exhibition ‘Becoming Istanbul‘ (in collaboration with the graphics of Project Projects) which opened at SALT Beyoğlu this evening – kicking off 90 events i..
…is assembling materials for his upcoming installation at the soon to open SALT Galata – and lately when I’m traveling I’m often just missing this inspiring artist, arriving after he’s just left, or departing when he is soon to arrive – so it is a pleasure to cross paths here in..
…(the Edible Estates garden headquarters at SALT Beyoglu) gathered for some gardening workshops with Pelin Demereli throughout the afternoon, and since I couldn’t understand anything they were saying, (though at one point a few little boys seemed to be having a really interesting conversation – so I asked someone to translate, but it turns out ..
…today and tomorrow (plus a talk this evening) have brought me back to town to check in on the Edible Estate rooftop hothouse garden headquarters on top of SALT Beyoglu, the ambitious new art institution (just before the Istanbul Biennial opens later this week) – and we have been lucky to find Pelin Demireli to ..
…ready to welcome those who make it to the top floor for a respite of light and space with the aroma of wood shavings and fresh compost, a narrow view between buildings to distant hills, a fresh breeze through open windows, some green life starting to get settled in it’s new home, a casual seating ..
…was a gradual process today as heavy bags of fresh Turkish forest soil, compost, worm castings, and wood shavings (to loosen and lighten the soil) slowly made their way up to our sixth floor roost in the rooftop hothouse at SALT Beyoğlu to fill the large planters constructed with the reclaimed 4×4 lumber previously used ..
…including lots of beans, corn, lettuce, squash, some rare precious tomatoes, and a variety of fruiting trees and vegetables starts have arrived from a friendly farmer couple who have pulled together most of the materials for the Istanbul rooftop hothouse we are working to finish in time for the SALT Beyoğlu building opening ..
…are my two favored food places in town – both serving delicious inexpensive basic vegetarian/vegan friendly Turkish plates that I hear approximate what your Turkish mom would have made for you if you grew up here – and since Ficcin has become popular since it started out as a tiny hole in the wall it ..
…in a stupendous store where every surface is covered the bright chromatics of jars brining and fermenting anything you can imagine on a market street off of İstikla..
…with a seemingly endless Turkish flag flowing down İstiklal Caddesi greeted me out the window this morning and here is what I could glean from Skyturk.com (through the veil of Google translate): Turkish National Police, the public is at the disposal of the public peace and security continues to express to the Governor canıyla mesaisini ..
…on the walls of the Istanbul rooftop hothouse was quick pleasurable way for us to claim the space, make our mark, mess things up – plus a welcome break for the SALT Beyoğlu staff from the hectic preparations for the inaugural vernisage this Friday. &nb..
…the hazır yemek “ready food” restaurant off of İstiklal Caddesi is where I went to lunch today, which I happened upon during my last visit – basic really inexpensive Turkish food that is very vegan friendly, plus it seemed to be where all of the market workers were eating (which is a good sign, since ..
…is the next edition in the series of Edible Estates gardens which I have come here to begin work on (housed in a spacious airy new greenhouse on the top floor of the beautifully renovated six floor home for the new center for contemporary art SALT Beyoğlu opening on Apri 8th on Istanbul’s central pedestrian ..
…the medieval tower dating from 1348 located in the center of the Galata district provides a dramatic overview of the city on my last night – but looking forward to coming back very soon to start work on a new rooftop hothouse proj..
…are an integral part of the urban streetscape dating back to Byzantium when street dogs served the sanitation service of street garbage disposal; with the dog population exploding in 1908, 40,000 were shipped to Island of Oxia to fend for themselves where few survived; later in 1937 it was reported in Time Magazine that 20,000 ..