AA Arts Preview

- Scottish band Mogwai to rock Istanbul

Mogwai celebrates their twentieth anniversary this year. The Glaswegian band will meet with their Istanbulite fans at the Volkswagen Arena on Feb. 13.

The band was formed in 1995 and consists of Stuart Braithwaite, John Cummings, Barry Burns, Dominic Aitchison and Martin Bulloch.

The Scottish post-rock band's name was inspired by the U.S horror-comedy film Gremlins.

Known for their instrumental sound, the group released their eighth album 'Rave Tape' in 2013, which charted at number 10 in the UK music charts.

The band released their latest EP titled 'Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1.' in 2014.

The Scottish post-rock band performed in front of a large crowd at last year’s One Love Music Festival.



- Istanbul art gallery hosts Ali Kazma exhibition

Istanbul-based contemporary art gallery Arter is set to host an exhibition by Turkish artist Ali Kazma.

Kazma’s solo exhibition ‘time-maker,’ which consists of 22 videos that he produced since 2005, will be open until April 5.

“The majority of the works in the exhibition are shown in Turkey for the first time,” said a press release from Arter.

The exhibition will be curated by Emre Baykal who worked together with Kazma for some of his artwork that was created for the Pavilion of Turkey at the 55th International Art Exhibition at Venice Biennale, said the press release.



- Swedish movie to hit Turkish theaters

Swedish dark comedy Force Majeure will hit Turkish theaters on Feb. 6.

Sweden’s Oscar submission film was written-directed by Ruben Ostlund and looks at modern-day relationships.

The two-hour movie tells the story of a family with two children at vacation in the French Alps and their questions on the concepts of modern-day nuclear family.

The film was defined for many as a ‘Larry David comedy in The Shinning.’



- Istanbul hosts Japanese film festival

Turkey’s culture capital Istanbul will host the 11th Japanese Film Festival between Feb. 4 and 14.

The festival includes recent examples of the Japanese film industry, including Mitsutoshi Tanaka’s famed 2013 movie ‘Rikyu ni Tazuneyo.’

Six films, ‘Blossoms Blooms,’ ‘Forest of Miyori,’ ‘Shodo Girls,’ ‘The Garden of Words,’ ‘Spirited Away,’ will be shown free of charge during the festival at Istanbul’s AkSanat art center.



- Sleep Party People to perform in Istanbul

Danish dream-pop band Sleep Party People will perform at Istanbul’s IKSV music hall on Feb. 6.

Formed in 2008 by multi-instrumentalist Brain Batz, with inspiration from works of David Lynch, the band member wears a rabbit mask during their performances.

Although Sleep Party People is a band, Brian Batz is the only member of the ‘group.’ Batz explained it in interview that “It is a bunch of good friends that’s playing with me. So, it’s not a band, it’s just me and my bunnies, in a way.”


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