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The seminar explores the relationship between technique and politics within contemporary art practices: “As a sensory organ, the ‘technical body’ touches matter with gestures. The hand thinks within matter, thus transforming and being transformed by it. According to Bernard Stiegler, creativity, that is, the incalculable, infinite, and unfinished, lies in this touch; it is in this back and forth, this partnership. Technique, plasticity, and prosthetics are all possible only in touch. Technique is exploring possible worlds, designing new forms of collective existence, sewing new collective bodies.”

Born in Istanbul, art and culture theorist and sociologist Ezgi Bakçay completed her undergraduate studies in the Department of Cinema and Television at Galatasaray University’s Faculty of Communication. She pursued her master’s degree in the Department of Sculpture at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts. She obtained her doctorate from the Department of Sociology at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. She currently works as an instructor at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, and Bilgi University, where she teaches Visual Culture and Art Theories courses. Ezgi Bakçay, who curates Counter Art Studies, organizes seminars, workshops, and exhibitions in various cultural and art institutions. She continues her productions on topics such as public space, image, memory, culture, aesthetics, and politics.

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