Our Contemporary Composers and Animation – Film Screening and Conversation

Saturday 28 October, 14:00, Institut Français Istanbul

This event, which was shaped by the suggestion of Serdar Kökçeoğlu, the director of the documentary Mimaroğlu, features animation directors as well as second-generation contemporary Turkish composers. Kökçeoğlu’s new project, Sounds of the 20th Century: Usmanbaş documentary, he came across the animated film Out of Into, directed by the artist Irving Kriesberg, with music by Bülent Arel, which had not been seen since the 1970s. Kökçeoğlu also supported director Pelin Kırca to use the music of another contemporary Turkish composer İlhan Mimaroğlu in her animated film, and the result was a short animated film called The Crowd, which found a place in festivals such as Annecy. In this inspiring event for the young generation of animators, composers and artists, Serdar Kökçeoğlu will share his research and Pelin Kırca will share her experiences and discuss the relationship between our contemporary composers and animation. Matthias Kriesberg, the musician son of Irving Kriesberg, will also contribute to this important meeting for both contemporary music research and animation history with a video message.
In the first part of the event, the films Out of Into and The Crowd will be screened. The common feature of these two films is that they have been presented to art lovers in contemporary art exhibitions as well as festivals.
Out of Into (1972) Director: Irving Kriesberg Music: Bülent Arel 16′
The Crowd (2022) Director: Pelin Kırca Music: İlhan Mimaroğlu 7′ 6”


Serdar Kökçeoğlu
Serdar studied Directing at the Cinema-TV Department of 9 Eylül University in İzmir. He conducts research in the field of music and sound and turns them into films. Following his works “Listening Through Istanbul” and the feature film “Mimaroğlu: The Robinson of Manhattan Island,” he is currently working on the project titled “Sounds of the 20th Century: Usmanbaş,” which explores the role of İlhan Usmanbaş, a 102-year-old composer, in 20th-century contemporary music, as well as his philosophy of life.

Pelin Kırca
She completed her undergraduate education at Bilkent University, Department of Graphic Design. Following her BA degree, Kırca received her master’s degree in design at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her first solo exhibition took place in Dirimart in 2015. Kırca attended Werner Herzog’s Rogue film school in 2016. The artist has participated in both regional and international group exhibitions. Her animated films were shown at international festivals such as Annecy Festival, Vienna Independent Shorts, London International Animation Festival, Chicago Underground,International Short Film Festival and Clermont-Ferrand. “One Moonless Night” was invited by İstanbul Modern to take part in the Artists’ Film International program initiated by the Whitechapel Gallery in 2018.
The artist’s latest works were included in her solo exhibition “The Crowd” at Gallery Nev in March 20213, in Turkey. Kırca continues her work in Ankara.

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Turkish – English online simultaneous translation