July 24, 2012

Shopping Malls Become Unexpected Art Spaces in Istanbul


Light installations, oil on canvas works, sculptures and performance art all have a new, rather unexpected place to be showcased rather than in museums or art galleries. All of them are popping up in shopping malls. As the growing population in the cities becomes more integrated to consumer culture art has evolved into new spaces, becoming more visible through placement in shopping malls.

While Turkish artists Genco Gülan and İmsail Acar signed their marks by opening shows at various malls in Istanbul, American artist Julian Opie setup his LED walking man and woman at a public space outside a mall. Artists gathered at the Aventura Mall, 10 miles north of Miami Beach, for a contemporary public art collection that was being constructed. Jorge Pardo and Lawrence Weiner made unique installations for the space.

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Istanbul Hosts ‘A Beautiful Mind’ in Game Theory Meet


Famous American mathematician John Nash attended the Fourth Game Theory Congress that started in Istanbul yesterday, along with other famous Nobel Economy laureates Eric Maskin, Reinhard Selten and Roger Myerson.

In his speech, Myerson extended his thanks to Nash and Selten for their roles in the evolution of game theory. “Nash and Stelten changed scientists’ lives after their works on game theory became visible in all social sciences,” he said.

The four scientists had a debate on behavioral economics and argued how behavior might have effects on the economy in the opening day’s panel of the four-day congress, which is being hosted by Istanbul’s Bilgi University, in coordination with the Game Theory Society.

Some 100 scientists from Turkey and 1,000 scientists from the international arena attend the GAMES 2012 Congress, which assemble the most prestigious scientists studying in the branches of economics and applied mathematics.

During the congress 550 presentations and various common sessions, including a Nobel panel, were planned to be conducted. In today’s program “The U.S. ‘Incentive Auction’ and Mechanism Design” titled session will be held.

The Game Theory congress, which has great prestige in international academic circles, is held once every four years and will end on July 26.

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Istanbul 2020 Olympic Bid Logo Revealed

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has introduced the 2020 Olympic bid logo for Istanbul during a dinner for Turkish athletes, daily Hürriyet reported this morning.

The winning logo was picked from among five options via a public vote on the campaign's official website. 

The theme of the logo is inspired by the traditional Ottoman tulip

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