Jeni Fulton

 Stones to throw | 2011 | Installation, mail and public art project; painted stones, plinths, photographs, FedEx bills | views from streets of Diyarbakir | Courtesy of the artist | Photographs by Askin Ercan

Stones to throw | 2011 | Installation, mail and public art project; painted stones, plinths, photographs, FedEx bills | views from streets of Diyarbakir | Courtesy of the artist | Photographs by Askin Ercan

In November 2015, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s AKP party unexpectedly won an outright election victory. Since then, activists, artists, academics, journalists and, indeed, anyone raising their voice to criticise government policy has faced persecution and arrests. We spoke to artist Ahmet Öğüt about the current situation of artists in Turkey and the limits of artistic protest.

 Ericka Beckman, Hiatus ,1999/2015, 16mm/HD, colour, sound, dual screen  

Ericka Beckman, Hiatus, 1999/2015, 16mm/HD, colour, sound, dual screen  

The artist Ericka Beckman has been dealing with gender tropes in virtual worlds for over 20 years and pre-empting many contemporary discussions on the topic. With current debates about feminism raging online our writer finds that it’s the perfect time to revisit the CalArts MFA’s oeuvre who presented her characters as subjects in a form of techno-Bildungsroman.

 Installation view, Reto Pulfer,  Dehydrierte Landschaft des Zustands , 2015, photo: Xaver von Cranach

Installation view, Reto Pulfer, Dehydrierte Landschaft des Zustands, 2015, photo: Xaver von Cranach

Taking place at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin "Technosphere, Now" was the inaugural event of a four-year research project into global technology and its identity. Our writer visited the one-day conference, thought about Berghain and water on Mars, and was left with some answers and a lot of questions.