PUFF OUT at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Belgrade
PUFF OUT is a Bitter Medicine to museums under lockdown, initiated by the artist duo :mentalKLINIK and curated by Carl De Smet for the Museum of Contemporary Art of Belgrade as the first host. As we are now more online than ever, :mentalKLINIK offers us a bitter pill to fill the abysmal void of the emptied-out, shuttered museums. PUFF OUT installation is made to be physically set in the premises of the museum, but extended onto digital platforms.
Watch :mentalKLINIKs installation PuFF
Turkish artist duo :mentalKLINIKs installation PuFF reminds of a boxing ring with little black robots fighting against each other and the glitter that is sprayed on the floor of the ring. PuFF attempts to create an unidentified space, an indecisive zone of repetition replete with the absurdity of a floor, which is continually filled with glitter only so that it can be continually vacuumed.
Is Art True Enough?
Once again, the duo tries to find a new approach to a postmodern question. The works in the exhibition reflect on the essence of truth, meanwhile making the viewer contemplate whether they are true or not. This time, mentalKLINIK plays with the ambiguity of truth and how this changes reality and surroundings.
Concepts of images are haunting us
The artist duo Yasemin Baydar and Birol Demir, who are behind :mentalKLINIK, have once again left their mark with three simultaneous exhibitions in Europe. The pair currently live and work in Brussels. Shows in Brussels, Vienna and Belgrade exhibit their new and previous artworks, which focus on different themes around technology, social media, internet, codes, attention, economy, psychology and how perceptions of happiness change in the world.
The meaning of life according to :mentalKLINIK
The cheerful, cigar-smoking duo behind :mentalKLINIK produces the kind of neat and bright glitter & glamour that appears easy to consume. However, behind its seductive façade glimmers a much deeper significance that at once surprises and disturbs. Continue reading this damnmagazine article...
:mentalKLINIK faces the truth
Brussels-based Turkish duo :mentalKLINIK is asking an unfortunately timely question: “How can art lie when the reality is not true enough?” In Truish, their second solo show at the Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde in Dubai, they’re exploring the (Colbert-favourite) definition of truthiness.
Anna Seaman: Truish
Since 2016 when Oxford Dictionaries declared "post-truth" as its international word of the year, it is officially recognised that objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than emotional appeals. So, what does it mean to live in a world where fact and fiction collide into a blur that is almost indecipherable and where we exist in a nebulous middle ground between what we see and what we know? These kinds of conversations are present in Truish.
The Randomer Magazine: An Aproach
:MentalKLINIK is the brainchild of married couple Yasemin Baydar and Birol Demir. The artist duo experiment with technology, sound and material to develop their art in their studio, referred to as ‘the lab’.
Turkish artistic duo :mentalKLINIK, which has come to the fore with large-scale installations in exhibitions around the world, questions the notion of satisfaction in their exhibition.
Thank You For Your Cooperation
Danna Lorch, an arts and culture from the Middle East specialists, features 'Thank You For Your Cooperation'. In this exhibition, the duo :mentalKLINIK links contemporary pop culture, "with messages accessible to anyone with a mobile phone who has ever snapped a selfie", says the writer.
FAD Magazine: Thank You For Your Cooperation
Turkish duo :mentalKLINIK often lauded for the complexity of their oeuvre, deftly shifting between emotional and robotic attitudes, fusing materiality and concepts vividly, each method, each artist, each exchange, progressively enhancing the other.
Art Agenda: Thank You For Your Cooperation
:mentalKLINIK plays with colorful reflective surfaces, billboard-type signs and rhetorical operations to explore new languages and alternative textures of pleasure. By drawing on these elements as the subject and medium of their work, the duo appears to collaborate with the capitalist project they seek to challenge.
:mentalKLINIK at Nur-Sultan
Kazakhstan's first international art exhibition in its recently renamed capital, Nur-Sultan, reflects a desire for culture in a rapidly changing city. Racing the Galaxy, curated by the French curator Jérôme Sans and Kazakh curator Dina Baitassova, brings together 20 international and Kazakh artists, including Michelangelo Pistoletto, Ange Leccia, Mircea Cantor, Almagul Menlibayeva, Askhat Akhmediyarov or :mentalKLINIK.
:mentalKLINIK in Dubai
‘Thank You For Your Co-operation’ is the show presented by :mentalKLINIK in Dubai. From digital age poetry to mobile notification sounds, the Turkish artist duo explore the social media generation.
:mentalKLINIK Istanbul survey show
“That’s Fucking Awesome” surveys ten years of work by the internationally exhibited art group, :mentalKLINIK. The pop-up exhibition, curated by Jérôme Sans, the soon-to-be former Director of the Ullens Center of Contemporary Art in Beijing, China, features works in multiple artistic forms such as sound, sculpture, video and multimedia.
Jérôme Sans introduction to :mentalKLINIK
Coinciding with the Istanbul Biennial, Mentalklinik opens the show titled That's Fucking Awesome and presents ten years of work by Yasemin Baydar and Birol Demir. The exhibition has been curated by Jérôme Sans.
Astana Art Show 2019
Yasemin Baydar and Birol Demir began their collaborative practice in Istanbul in 1998. Called :mentalKLINIK, the duo creates a new individuality through their open multimedia laboratory, as high tech as vintage, to produce works that shift between emotional and robotic attitudes. Find out here about their participation at the Astana Art Show 2019.
:mentalKLINIK in Spanish TVE: Metrópolis
The Spanish TV show 'Metrópolis' offers a tour of the exhibition 'Entre nosotros', which brings together video works by contemporary artists from North Africa and the Middle East, whose practices are part of a globalized world. The exhibition, produced by eTopia_Centro de Arte y Tecnología de Zaragoza, explores the encounters and disagreements between western culture and eastern culture.
Concepts of images are haunting us
The artist duo :mentalKLINIK, have once again left their mark with three simultaneous exhibitions in Europe. The pair currently live and work in Brussels. Shows in Brussels, Vienna and Belgrade exhibit their new and previous artworks, which focus on different themes around technology, social media, internet, codes, attention, economy, psychology and how perceptions of happiness change in the world. Un reportaje del Hurriyet Daily News.
How can art lie when the reality is not true enough? :mentalKLINIK’s solo exhibition in Dubai 'Truish' not only presents an ambiguous scenario, but also asks a pertinent question: What is the truth? How does one gauge the truthiness of something? What you see in this exhibition is perhaps true – or maybe not, and this ambiguity becomes the fuel to question our reality and surroundings.