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Shuqin Guan is a Master’s student majoring in Film & Contemporary Audiovisual Media at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. With a background in Communication, she also worked in the media and content production industry for a few years in China. Interested in film, art, and culture, she is fascinated with all the art activities in Istanbul. To get deeply involved in the work in an art festival and also explore the cultural life in Istanbul, she joined Diyalog as an intern.
Mahalla Festival 2020
To cope with the COVID-19 pandemic the Mahalla Festival 2020 took place as a remote festival to overcome self-isolation, demobilization and paralysis.
The Mahalla Festival 2020 was implementing remote tools to keep intercultural communication and creative expression alive even in times of physical distance and to help to cope not only with the pandemic but also to create new forms of interactive communication and understanding between different communities in the world.
The Wandering Tower is the title of a surrealist short story by Sergej Prokofiev from the times of vivid migration movements on the edge of the world wars.
The Festival was quoting the title as a metaphorical frame for Mahalla 2020/2021. The tower of Babel is connected as a motive to the search for the origin of language and the access to the divine.
Murmuration refers to the phenomenon that results when hundreds, sometimes thousands, of birds fly in swooping, intricately coordinated patterns through the sky.
Murmuration looks also back on the migration movements of the 20th century in the interplay of international relations.
The Murmuration Festival is supported by
The Wandering Tower Festival was supported by