Kutahya Ceramics, Vonnegut & The Tourism Film Festival | Full Episode | Showcase
Hello. And welcome to showcase coming to you from our studios, in Istanbul. On today's, show we'll check out the 8 million, dollar collection, of an Australian, wannabe artist turned collector, take, a sneak peek at an espionage, thriller set, in the Middle East and pay, tribute to slaughterhouse-five, author, Kurt, Vonnegut. But first. Thirty. Seconds, to Mars five. Days to Los Angeles Jared, Leto and his band promote, their new album in a very unusual way. We'll. Visit the first UK, gallery dedicated solely. To displaying, Iranian. Art. But. We begin today's show by looking at the changing, face of kutahya. They've, created pieces, for ordinary, people and Sultan's, alike and remain. As popular. A brand today as it was 500 years ago. Turkey. Is famous across, the globe for its delicate ceramics, and colorful. Ornate, tiles, with, different, regions continuing, to produce diverse and distinctive. Designs over the centuries and now with, the collection from one of the country's most famous workshops. Now on display in Istanbul. Kari, Alexandra, went to learn how kotahi ceramics, have remained a firm, favorite, 500. Years on. Cities. Like, people have their own personalities. Shaped. By the communities, who lived there their culture, attitudes, and tastes as well as factors, like the geography, and climate of the area and, those. Personalities. Can be clearly seen in the produce of the region, in. Qatar use case it's famous tiles, and ceramics, a large, assortment of which are currently on display in Istanbul. The. Collection, showcases nearly, 300. Unique pieces a mixture of Ottoman period tiles and ceramics, produced, in the famous ethnic Catania, and two new clay workshops, the, three main centres of Ottoman tile and ceramic, art. Artifacts. From the 15th to early 20th century, that offer us a chance to examine and understand, the developments, of this remarkable, dynasty, these, pieces provide, a fascinating. Insight, into the production, and evolution. Of ottoman ceramics, the. Growing variety of designs, on the tiles and ceramics, of the period as well as the change in the quality of the clay can, be clearly seen as, you look at the pieces all displayed, helpful, in chronological, order, the. Collection, is a treasure trove of unique pieces. Each. With its own story and. Each. Telling us something about the lives of the people of Catania for, success in Jerusalem, among, the artifacts, manufactured. In the 18th century we, can see pieces that show us the customs of coffee drinking, coffee. Cups cup, holders coffee, pots and rose. Water bottles, apart. From these we see dishes used in daily life marks, tankards. As well, as larger artefacts like coffee tables. They. Are important, because they. Reflect the style of the period and, also, as we know when, the production in his neck was halted by the end of the 17th, century kotahi.
Produced More, his. Nick was producing, items based, on demand from the palace and when, the orders from the Sultan stopped coming the production, in his neck stops - but. Kütahya started to make products, for public use and this, manufacturing. Has continued, uninterrupted until. Today in the kutahya collection, we, see lots of items that, were used in everyday life we. Also see the tiles that were used to adorn mosques, churches and, synagogues, according. To the needs of Jewish Christian, and Muslim congregations. That, lived under Ottoman rule sometimes. The same tiles, were used in both churches and mosques it's. Quite impressive to see the range of different products in one exhibition, it's, not just a variety of Qatar's, produce, but. Its ability to adapt, to changing, demands that has made it an enduringly, popular brand, for so many years. Carry. Aleksandra, trt world istanbul. Most. Rock bands and rock stars follow a pretty, standard, way of releasing, a new album they, make videos do TV and radio interviews, as well as live appearances. But, that's not the case for thirty Seconds, to Mars frontman. Jared, Leto the, oscar-winning actor, has found a novel way to launch his band's new, album America. Let's take a look. New. York was Jared, Leto starting. Point for a unique, album, promotion. As. The frontman of thirty Seconds, to Mars let, her perform they used songs where ever he had the chance during a five-day road trip to Los Angeles the final, stop where the band released their fifth studio album America. Running. Across the entire country in five, days it was it. Was unforgettable look you put an album out you, have an opportunity he. Can write a press release and, send, it out and have an album cover and it's it's, neat and organized. Or you can throw caution to the wind and you, can do something and that that's exciting, something that's fun something that's unforgettable, and. Have an experience, and then share, that with the world. From. Hopping onto a bus. The. Faces and to. Each I King. Little. Made sure they covered at all I. Met. Some incredible people, and. We. Saw some incredible places it. Was absolutely, beautiful and what I couldn't think of a better way to land. In Los Angeles on album, release, day and to. Share that excitement with everybody, in, the City of Angels. The. Quirky promotion. Of the album doesn't, stop there the band are also releasing, different sleeves from the album. For. America, it's really hard to find one image that represents, the country, so. We decided to create, these lists, they're, a bit like a time capsule you. Know individually. They're their artifacts, they there. Are a little funny, or fun or strange, provocative. But together, and they really give a sense of the times that we're living in. The. Actor turned musician, is also, directing, a documentary connected. To the album a day, in the life of America, explores, the lives of different, US citizens, on one day Independence. Day to, the United States there's so much. Community. So, much we, have in common so, much a unity, I, think, that would surprise people, you. Know especially, if you live.
Outside The country, you. You, probably expect, to see a lot more conflict, but when you travel, the world when. You travel a country you, saw a lot of kindness, I saw a lot of generosity I saw a lot of really. It. Was inspiring. Let's. Move on now to Iran's, contemporary. Art scene the thriving. Art market there is reportedly. Outperforming. That of any other Middle, Eastern country, and at, a time when iranian art is being displayed, the world over the first gallery to work exclusively with, iranian, artists, has just opened in london. The. New contemporary. And modern art, gallery in london welcomes. Visitors with, the Union Jack. It. Seems odd for a place dedicated only, to Iranian art but, look closer and Farsi, calligraphy, can be seen at its base. The. Artworks, are on show as part of the gallery's inaugural, exhibition called. Sensations. And love. The works that we're showing have you, know quite, strong, Islamic content, and. That is not conducive to the the, wants and needs of the Western collector that being said that, is more so because Western collectors, have been presented. With quite an oriental, eyes notion, of what Iranian art is what Middle Eastern art is and what the Middle East more broadly is. The. Exhibition, features 19, Iranian, artists, including. Highly sought-after bata, luckily. But. None of them could get visas, to travel to the UK for the opening, and the, restrictions, from their own government is another story. Iranian. Art is great because it's bounded and and, a lot of Iranian artists will would rather their work was. Not so. Heavily censored what have you but, you know there's a cliche that pressure. Creates diamonds and and I feel like with Iranian art that is indicative, of the why to see if. You're forced to work within a box then of course you have to really think about what you're doing rather than just chuck something up and sell it with. Iranian. Art is reportedly, outperforming. Other Middle Eastern nations, works last, year it made 60%, of the revenue, at Sotheby's, Middle Eastern art auction, well. I'm really, positive about the Iranian, art market at the moment you ask where, we're seeing the demand coming, from and it's, coming from all over I. Have clients, in Dubai I have clients now in Beirut. I have several clients in the US and obviously I have clients in London and from. Time to time I have inquiries, from Europe as well the. Gallery's mission is to become a platform for Iranian, artists, to, have their work seen and for, Western collectors, to, gain a deeper understanding of. Iran. Coming. Up on showcase, flying. To friendly skies. Up. Up, and away, we'll check in at a festival happening, in Istanbul, that combines. Travel, with films. Maybe. One of you can tell me what I'm doing here we, need to go American. Was pulled off the street in West Bay we. Also take a look at the most recent spy, movie to come out of Hollywood and. Modern. Art comes, to Melbourne, we'll meet this property, mogul turns art collector, who's found a unique way to show off his collection. When. It comes to influencing, and informing. The masses few, mediums have the power that film has on the, same token scholars. Agree that a filmic representation. Of a locale can, tell us a lot about the identity, of a particular, place and the people who live in it today, on the show we, will be bringing you an in-depth, look at cinematic, portrayals, of cities, and we'll, be discussing the brand values, that result from these on-screen, representations. But, our first stop will be a festival that, takes its viewers on a journey to places they've, never been. Industry. Workers, say traveling, is in its Golden Age, affordability. And advances, in the field are making getting around so much easier for holiday makers. But. We're living in an environment of, visual excess, and short, films to promote destinations. Are trying their best to compete for the attention of potential voyagers.
The, International, Istanbul, tourism, films festival is a platform, where these productions, can reach their globe-trotting audience. Without, distraction. Set. Up by the Turkish, branch of the International Committee, of tourism, film festivals, it's, a prestigious. Global effort, involving, 20 members. The. Organizers, aim to create a bond between geography. And travelers, through the power of film the, perfect medium to promote cultural, richness. According. To the festival, jury, tourism. Films are an entirely, different discipline. They have to work on several different levels to. Seamlessly transmit. Their messages, to the viewers what, makes a great rustic film is capturing the soul of the city so, it's not only the general shots that everyone. Sees and everybody captures, I mean everybody. Saw the big, Mosque in Istanbul, what makes a good touristic from about Islam was capturing the city and the soul of the people the. Villages that we don't usually see on the magazines, and also, telling a story in a great way. And then. There are the technical, factors that need to be taken into account to achieve the film's desired, effect. The. Thing with films, and representation. Of cities through, through the media, of film you need quite a lot of films. Using different techniques in order to get a full full. Image of a city. So any, filmmaker, who's making a film about a city, especially nowadays with, short attention spans, on the web and so on has to make it quite compact, so they, can only really focus on a stylistic. Approach, or a certain aspect of the city so this is why it's important, to encourage. More photographers to come to cities to make more films from different, viewpoints. Through. Their international. Collaboration. The festival organizers, hope to put Istanbul, even, more firmly on the map, we. Didn't earn as much it's, important, for promoting our country, global. Tourism authorities, oscar-winning. Film makers are among the participants. Tourism, is not only about Natural Resources education. Tourism religious. Tourism and health tourism are also offered to us you. Would like to bring the people working in these fields to the foreground as, well. And the, best of the productions, will have the chance to compete on the world stage man, initial, for a Turkish, film it's important, to get a chance to be screened at an international, festival because. It family, Rises Turkey with the rest of the world screenings. And campaigns, are other outlets, that serve this vision, what I want to do here is to cherry-pick the, most successful. Turkish, films, and have them compete at the other 20, tourism festivals, to, help promote our country, in the, best way possible. Imagine, Buda. But. The most important, aspect of this event is its contribution to global cultural. Dialogue. Or. Festival, in US this. Is one of the most important, aspects of turkeys membership within, the International, Committee of tourism film festivals, for, our 20 countries and we are the only one with a major Muslim population, this is important, from a cultural standpoint we're. Here in Istanbul, a city that geographically, bridges Asia and Europe but because of our heritage were, also in touch with the Gulf North, African, and Asian geographies, as well in this sense the event being held here is pivotal to carry out this cultural dialogue. The, eventual winner will have the chance to represent their, country at the festival, of festivals, in Vienna to, decide the best nation, for cultural, film exchange. One. Movie that sparking, debate with its controversial, cinematic. Representation. Of a city is the Hollywood produced Beirut. Everyone, loves a spy movie and espionage. Films are among the most bankable, at the box office one. Main reason for their popularity are. The cinematic, representations. Of the cities featured. In the film but, they're not without their faults when it comes to the negative impression, they leave behind after the credits roll. Due. To the subject, matter spy, movies, are embraced both by conspiracy, theorists. On the wider movie-going, audience, who like their travelogue, style world, adapter killing, but. Film academics argue, that representations. Of these globally, attractive, cities changed. Due to Hollywood policies, and storylines, reflecting, International, Affairs. Upon. The screens of the world one of the most spectacular films. Of the year cinematic, representations. Of the east define this historically, rich region, of the world as an exotic setting, for adventure, the. Critics say these movies suffer, because of the overuse, of Orientalism. An. Exciting. New film of adventure, mystery. With, its natural beauty the Caribbean, is another favorite location, for espionage, stories, get. Fans are quick to point out the production, set in these places more, often than not have pro colonial, undertones. Former. Iron Curtain countries are, also used as plot devices in Hollywood but, according to critics and tagging, istic reminders, of the Cold War can still be felt while viewing these movies.
Because. The Russians don't believe in giving the enemy a second chance they. Can't find your brother you have to come up with an alternative, this, is. The. Latest movie to spotlight, the Middle East is Beirut, a film, that sees a former, diplomat teaming, up with intelligence, agencies, to save an old friend, for. The audience and cast alike it's, an opportunity to take in different places and cultures. For. The return of my brother, John, it was a, delightful. City, it's an incredibly. Historical, historical. Beautiful city and. Very. Friendly people, amazing. Cuisine. Things, to do I. Didn't, get to do any of them because I was basically on set over in my hotel clearly. The monsters have taken over Lebanon, just, like its predecessor spy. Movies, Beirut. Has had its fair share of criticism to, branding the city as a setting, of danger, and decay. Then. Often. Have a root here. To talk about the effect films like Beirut's have on the places they portray is Barbara mental she's, an associate professor of film studies at the University, of Florida and the, author of several number of film related books her latest one is titled women, at work in 21st, century European. Cinema thank you so much for joining us today Barbara now when, it comes to representations. Of places. Films, help. Give, them a cinematic, identity. How, would you describe a cinematic, city I. Think. A cinematic, city historically. Has emerged from the ways in which many, films have portrayed, it so, for example, in the 1920s. Berlin, was the cine city, of modernity. There, was a genre called Street Sense there were criminals, and prostitutes. In the, 40s, in Hollywood, you had some Noir there, were dark corners, and either, detectives. Who were searching, for a criminal as well so. It's, what. Happened, was that certain. Film genres, became successful. And then more films were made and that became, that an image. That was associated, with the city well, let's talk a bit about Istanbul. Istanbul, has been featured in dozens of. Films what, can you tell us about Istanbul. Cinematic, identity, I. Think. There is a difference, between Istanbul. Its cinematic identity. In Turkish, cinema and, in. Global, cinema, and I think it started, most importantly, with the firm called Istanbul. In, 1957. And I, think it's partly because Istanbul. Is at the cusp of Asia, and, Europe and so, there's a projection. Over Orientalism. Like Murder on the Orient Express, also, moved to Istanbul, so, even, in contemporary, global, cinema like the International. Or taken, to Istanbul. Is often associated, with the, Orientals. Face wearing, that Western, a hard, time finding, their way there you'll get lost in markets, they fight on the roofs of Istanbul, at the, same time that you have these exciting. Views in the backdrop, of mushiya's, mosque, and the. Water. And the bosphorus and the bridges so it's a very cinematic, because, it's a very beautiful city so what happens, when a city is portrayed, negatively in, a film I think. One firm it says alone, I don't, actually think one film ever does any harm but I think when industries. Realize, oh it's profitable, and, then they make more then, there is a danger, that that image sticks, and then, that can become a problem but, if there's one film, like let's say the third man in Vienna where. The city is dangerous, that, in itself I don't think does any harm because it cannot undo, the general, understanding, of Vienna and then, tourism, uses this idea so there's tours, of the underground. Where the third man was moving, now I think one individuals. There doesn't. Do harm what, becomes more dangerous, is if that then becomes a success, and if that becomes part, of the larger, cultural, imaginary. Well. Barbara unfortunately, we're going to have to end that there but thank you so much for coming on our show today.
Thank. You very much as well bye. The. Man you're about to meet is the melbourne-based, mogul. Behind Australia's, newest, art gallery Michel, Buxton's, private, collection, could rival just, about any major gallery, in the world, combine, that with his years of experience as a property, developer, and you, can see why he's forging a new space for the city's contemporary. Art lovers. Michel. Buxton, always, wanted to be an artist but, when that didn't work out he became a collector instead. Now. He personally. Owns artworks, worth almost eight million. Dollars. Many. Of the pieces are from fresh new talent. As. We've gone we've collected, younger, artists, the, modern, methods. That. Are used techniques, now. Moved into installation. Works video. All. Sorts of different media. We didn't sort of think about that in the beginning, he. Spent more than 20 years collecting, works from, Australia's, leading living, artists, and now. He solved the problem of how to store, all those pieces he's. Built a gallery to house them, to. See this work out. If. It's crate for the first time in a long time and then seeing amongst the rest of the collections, it's pretty special, Emily, Floyd is one of the artists on display she, says it took some time to, persuade Buxton, to invest in her the. Work had been offered to him I think, for for, many years, but. It took in that time to to. Be convinced. There. Are 300 works in the collection. They're. Being displayed in Buxton contemporaries. Of five galleries. I'll. Miss them all but. Because. They're all quite, beautiful, but. They're now available not. Only for us to see but, also for the public to enjoy. The. Gallery also has a teaching space to, inspire the next generation and, a, commitment, from Michael Buxton, to keep the site open, for, the next 20, years. And we've. Come to the end of another episode of showcase, don't, forget to check out our YouTube channel for more stories fire, team here in Istanbul, but before, we go let's, remember one of the most widely, read and widely, taught writers in the United, States Kurt, Vonnegut, considered. One of America's greatest humanists. His books are described as perfect mixtures, of humanity, despair. And hope. Until, next time I'm f done hon bye for now.