The Social City: Patterns of Istanbul / Stockholm workshops

A dialogue & workshop format for reflecting and acting on urban landscapes through art & design

Devoted to explore the dynamics of visual culture and the social fabric of everyday, Sweden based Rebecca Ahlstedt, artist, curator & Designer MFA and Erica Jacobson, Illustrator & Graphic Designer MFA offers a format to artistically and critically work on contemporary issues in cities, with artist colleagues & students in international contexts. Throughout history, the city and its visual culture and skyline have been used for communicating, sharing, arguing and negotiating ideas about us as individuals and as a collective. This also impacts how we design our daily life - public spaces, environments, objects, food, fashion etc. Visual culture both mirrors the ideals and prevailing norms of the times and can be used to rethink practices and ideals within a society, which is the starting point for the artistic platform The Social City. 

The Social City exchange program started with Patterns of Istanbul workshop and a pop-up exhibition at The Chapel of the Swedish Consulate General.

The second part of the program was Patterns of Stockolm workshop: experiencing derive and phsychogeography at Berzelii park to Skärholmen with the artist Catti Brandelius 

Patterns of Stockholm workshop was held at Färgfabriken

Participants from Turkey: Güneş Terkol, Merve Gül Özokçu, Burçak Bingöl, Eda Gecikmez, Oğul Öztunç, Atıl Akgündüz, Pınar Akkurt

Along with all participants of the program, huge thanks to lovely Suzi Erşahin, Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul and the Swedish Institute for their generous hospitality and support.

The last event will be in October, Istanbul.