Contemporary Istanbul’s New Media Section, Plugin is sponsored by Siemens Home Appliances. Showcasing contemporary artworks intersecting science and technology, the section will expand the future vision of Contemporary Istanbul.

Contemporary Istanbul brings both regional and international focus to the dynamic art scene in Turkey’s vibrant metropolis every year. The 12th edition of Contemporary Istanbul will take place between 14- 17 September and will bring together leading international galleries, art collectors, and art enthusiasts, as it continues to contribute to the transformation of Istanbul into one of the world’s most exciting art centers. Siemens Home Appliances will sponsor the Plugin New Media Section where prominent examples of new media art will be showcased.

In its 5th year, Plugin will host a special exhibition, Natura Nova. Curated by Ceren and Irmak Arkman, Natura Nova will present new media’s questions and answers about today’s and tomorrow’s world. The selected artworks will present the artists’ new and innovative responses to the question of the nature of representation. Among the artists whose works will comprise the exhibition are Felix Luque, Memo Akten, Onformative, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Semiconductor, Joanie Lemercier, Lia, Filed, Sougwen Chung, İdil İlkin, and Novi_Sad.

Siemens Home Appliances will have a dedicated booth showcasing emerging talents of the digital art world. In line with the “Exciting Possibilities” motto of the brand, the artworks by Can Büyükberber and Marpi are highlighting new media as a novel field that redefines art as a forum for exciting and unexpected experiences. The works on display use interactivity and immersion as two key components of how new media relates to its audience to create unique and personal experiences.

The opening performance featuring visuals by Marpi and music by Islandman, on the other hand, focuses on the unique relationship of new media art with music, as well as underlining its potential for immediacy through the use of live visuals.