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Naz Bescan

MA work

Who cares? A radio tale

Who cares? A radio tale turns Gasworks into a live broadcast studio in collaboration with the renowned experimental radio station Resonance FM. A programme of newly commissioned and existing performances, sound works, and discussions take up the subject of affective labour, summarised by philosopher Michael Hardt as a term that ‘grasp[s] simultaneously the corporeal and intellectual aspects of the new forms of production, recognizing that such labor engages at once with rational intelligence and with the passions or feeling.’

Affective labour is commonly understood as invisible. Who cares? A radio tale lays open this assertion by using the intangible medium of radio and enabling the audience to see the hidden mechanisms. Either present in the gallery or listening from anywhere in the world, attendees and listeners are invited to engage with questions including: What are the implications of having to manage emotions in the workplace? What kind of emotional work is expected in capitalist economies? What does care and labour demand from its workers?

The project consists of two live broadcast sessions, in which a multiplicity of international artists respond to the theme of affective labour using a variety of performative, discursive and participatory formats.


International collaborators include: Céline Berger, Patricia Domínguez with Terezie Štindlová & Radim Lisa, Eva Fàbregas, Temi Odumosu, Claudia Pagès, Elisa Giardina Papa, Rosalie Schweiker with Sophie Chapman & Kerri Jefferis, Salomé Voegelin, Women of Colour Index Reading Group and Jon Wozencroft.


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Arts & Humanities

    Programme

    MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2018

  • My current research and practice are based on my personal experience of being a nomad professional and individual in the global world. Inspired by this experience, my main area of interest is the tensions between the global and the local apparent on the individual level of the personas in the art world, in the object level of an art work and on the exhibition level. I believe these tensions between the global and the local within a curatorial practice can be at least intermittently broken through the use of technology, of digital and online tools when they are adapted in critical manners. I see my practice as a curator as artist focused and collaboration based as a way of resisting the reproduction of a particular modus operandi. Putting care for people, let that be the artists or audiences, at the centre, I believe curating can be an empowering tool for everyone involved through opening space for production of knowledge. 

    In my MA dissertation ‘In Foreign Land: The Global Exhibition, The Foreign Curator and The Romanticised Local’, I focused this area of interest to the contemporary art biennials which I see as intrinsic reflections of the contemporary neoliberal context and how this results as a particular hubris in curating. I looked into cases in which foreign curators proposed to or were invited to curate a mega-exhibition in cities that they were not natives of. My research showed that the understanding of locality within the mega-exhibition format is a romanticised construct which the foreign curators unintendedly failed to grasp. 

    In ‘Who cares? A radio tale’, my graduate project that took place at Gasworks, I also worked with these tensions between the global and the local. Inspired by the international artist residency programme of Gasworks, this project adopted the concept of affective labour and explored its various echoes in the global economy. Its live radio-broadcast format allowed the project to be available on the international level with a total reach of 3700 listeners from all over the world as well as working with artists from all over the world including former Gasworks residences. 

  • Degrees

  • BA International Relations, Koc University, 2012
  • Experience

  • Seventeen Gallery, London; Lecool, Istanbul; Mamut Art Project, Istanbul; Istanbul Modern Art Museum; Elipsis Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Istanbul; GALERIST, Istanbul
  • Exhibitions

  • Who cares? A radio tale, Gasworks, London, 2018; SMOG, Arthill Gallery, London, 2018; Arman Ataman: SIKINTI / BOREDOM, Joint Idea, Istanbul, 2017
  • Awards

  • NEON Curatorial Exchange, 2018
  • Publications

  • The Story of My Foggy Mind, SMOG Exhibition publication, 2018