“RSG journal” Queries The Virtual World With Ali Alışır
Sep 06, 2016

The 11th Issue of RSG Journal, which informs ITU community and art-lovers about the events at ITU RSG, a meeting spot for ITU students, scholars, and art-lovers, has now been published online. The cover story of the 11th issue is Ali Alışır’s exhibition entitled “Virtual Trilogy: Landscapes, Places, and Wars”.


With his unique perspective and innovative elements he introduces into his artwork, Ali Alışır is also known as “the artist who paints with light”. The trilogy of the artist draws attention to the infiltration of technology into every aspect of our lives, to the extent of colonizing them, and the resultant loss of human naturality and integrity. The exhibition, which was displayed in RSG (ITU Rectorate Art Gallery) until 15 May 2016, brought together three previous exhibitions of the artist: “Virtual Landscapes” from 2011, “Virtual Wars” from 2013, and “Virtual Landscapes” from 2015, and aimed to take the visitors into an interrogative journey.


In his Virtual Trilogy, Ali Alışır places his gaze at the negative reverberations of the sharp digital turn on the society and people. Alışır focuses on the degradation caused by the disinformation prevalent in the social media, how technology – once seen as a means for human progress – has become an end in itself, and the resultant predicament of photography where the photographic image loses its spirit and, through distorted flows of information, turns completely into something synthetic. Alışır, whom one can define as an artist holding a camera instead of a palette and a computer keyboard instead of paint, expressed in his interview with ITU RSG team that his childhood has had a crucial place in his current photography. The artist emphasized that digitalization is ineluctable in today’s world but that this concept features in only as an instrument in his works rather than being the real source that feeds his art.
Alışır also stated that ITU RSG fills a lacunea in the field of art and the proliferation of such spaces would create possibilities for organizing exhibitions that could bring together experienced artists and university students engaging in artistic production. According to Alışır, such spaces could play a crucial role in familiarizing the youth with the artistic narrative.


Issue 11 of RSG Journal, which features in the photographs displayed in Alışır’s trilogy, can be accessed via the following link. For the previous issues of the journal, please click here. In its further issues, RSG Journal will keep serving as a bridge between art and university.


About ITU RSG and RSG Journal

Since its opening in February 2014, ITU Rectorate Art Gallery has been a spot where various works of art meet with university constituents. Reflecting the value our university attaches to artistic productivity, every year ITU RSG hosts exhibitions by various artists and brings together not only ITU students and academics but also all art-lovers in the inquisitive, aesthetic, and unifying character of art. Committed to the idea that art should exist all realms of life, the gallery aims to cultivate enthusiasm in art and love of art.

Introducing a different line of art into Technical University every month, ITU RSG provides its visitors with a rich content ranging from works of conceptual art to those synthesizing science and art. With its exhibition space in Ayazaga Campus, the gallery sees art as a universal language and provides ITU members and art-lovers with the opportunity to see the world from the gaze of an artist.

Those who have not had a chance to visit the exhibitions get the opportunity to view the works of art digitally by reading the “RSG Journal”. Also, the interviews with the artists of the exhibitions help the visitors to gain deeper insights into the theme, artistic standpoint, and the underlying concepts of the exhibitions. Through the videos and photographs of the exhibitions and the artists, the e-journal presents the reader with a rich content.