Exhibits > in Ankara + Duluth

In March 2008, work from the Turkish American Projects by University of Minnesota Duluth students was exhibited at Baskent University in Ankara, Turkey. Congratulations to students whose work was included in this international exchange!

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Tulip & Arabesque Online Exhibit

http://www.d.umn.edu/~jrock2/tulip/

Over the past few years, I have integrated several large assignments into my teaching which address cultural complexity in design, specifically related to the Turkish American Exchange projects. My goal has been to introduce students to aspects of global culture, identifying traditional formal roots in contemporary design. I have created projects that are appropriate to our digital design curriculum and integrated Turkish design influences into foundations courses. More advanced students have been asked to delve a bit deeper into contemporary Turkish design and to draw off of traditional literature. In each case, students benefit by expanding their their awareness of how culture travels across borders. Students begin to make connections between the visual culture they live in and the traditions and cross-fertilizations that feed it. This global and historical sensitization is crucial for any artist or designer today. Design is a richly diverse activity that springs from all corners of culture and a vital tool for building bridges between diverse groups. One creative approach to teaching includes the evolution and re-integration of traditional culture, and influences from global culture, into art foundations curriculum, Ours has been a creative process… introducing students to cultural artifacts as a first step in stimulating curiosity and formal invention.

-Joellyn Rock

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Dijital Pasaj comments

Hi Joellyn, this is Matt Mulliner. I just took a look at some of the
comic book work you had linked onto your blog from the Turkey students.
There is a ton of work! WOW!

I noticed a few of them were similar to some of the stuff in our class.
One I saw that had the word/name (I’m not sure which) Can Aygun on
it, was very similar to some of the work that Ben from our class was
doing. It reminded me of the Fitger’s brewhouse video.

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Ben Luoma’s Brewhouse image

Also the one with the shopping at the Duluth Pack store from my class is similar to
the one that looks like a girl shopping at a record store? It is cool
to see similarities in illustration style across the world… some may
be from photoshop effects but still very cool! It might be
interesting to organize the two sets (ours and theirs) together somehow
to suggest some similarities.

Dijital Pasaj Website…
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jrock2/dijital_pasaj/

More comments by UMD students…

My favorite is the out of focus one, it is so mysterious and I really
wish I could read it, but I might get more out of it because I can’t…

I think if you did want a video made of some of their work it might be
fun to put some of these in there too as moving stills keyframed around
with final cut.

One last comment, the one that is actually on the blog – the second
one, is very interesting to me. It is also pretty mysterious and it is
kind of strange to see those really graphic circles come into the
design because I see a lot of that style in American, new corporate
design. Very cool to see that style being incorporated in a more
graphic and interesting way. It pushes the average corporate design a
bit farther into something a little more deep.

Thanks for telling me about these.
Matt

P.S. One of the downloads didn’t work. Maybe it was just my computer,
just thought I would let you know.

Dijital Pasaj > Başkent

How exciting to receive PDFs of art work by Murat’s students in Ankara Turkey for their own version of Dijital Pasaj. They have created comic books and movies that tell stories about their daily lives in Ankara. I will post a few jpgs here to give you an idea of their work. Students at UMD will be inspired by the concept and craft of these digital narratives!

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A few examples of work by students of Murat Devrim Alilgan at Başkent University >>

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a common theme in the work of both Turkish and American students is sleep…

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PDFs of comic books / resize in your PDF window and zoom in to view>>>

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More images in extended entry…

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Rumi Poetry > Graphic Design 1

Rumi has had a significant influence on both Persian and Turkish literature throughout the centuries and is now one of the most widely read poets in America. (Persian: مولانا جلال الدین محمد رومی, Turkish: Mevlânâ Celâleddin Mehmed Rumi), known in the English-speaking world as Rumi. The year 2007 was declared as the “International Rumi Year” by UNESCO in March 2006. This is commemoration of Rumi’s 800th birthday anniversary, with celebrations taking place in various locations around the world.

Graphic Design 1 students were introduced to the poetry of Rumi, the 13th Century mystic whose work transcends national and ethnic borders. Students were asked to select a translated version of one of Rumi’s works and create a digital word + image interpretation of their own. They determined the size and format of their expressive typographic piece. Students are urged to be very experimental with this work, investigating a contemporary connection to the poem lifted from another time and place.

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These final versions could use any format and materials that the student desired.
Some ended up taking 3 dimensional form as students were urged to move out of
their usual comfort zone in graphic design.

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We Three poem interpreted by Delilah Effinger

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another by Brandon Favre

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interactive poetry by Angela Crea

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Kevin Marx found contemporary resonances in a Rumi Poem.
He had words from the poem stamped onto military dog tags.

See more about Rumi projects below…

Rumi Links:

International Rumi Year
http://www.observercyprus.com/observer/NewsDetails.aspx?id=1349

read about Rumi on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jalal_ad-Din_Muhammad_Rumi

Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi
http://www.mevlana.net/

Rumi poems
http://www.rumi.org.uk/poems.html

Rumi on Fire
http://www.rumionfire.com/

Coleman Barks versions
http://www.colemanbarks.com

Rumi Poetry Accordion Books

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book by Bryan Rudell

2d Digital Design foundations classes were introduced to the poetry of Rumi, the 13th Century mystic whose work transcends national and ethnic borders. Rumi has had a significant influence on both Persian and Turkish literature throughout the centuries and is now one of the most widely read poets in America. Students were asked to select a translated version of one of Rumi’s works and create a digital word + image interpretation of their own. Final versions take the form of mixed media accordion books.

Rumi Links:

Rumi, the 13th century philosopher has been commemorated around Turkey and the world with various activities and performances since the beginning of this year which has been declared by the United Nations Educatinal, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the ”Year of Mevlana.”

A Celebration of Rumi in Turkey

read about Rumi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jalal_ad-Din_Muhammad_Rumi

Rumi poems

http://www.rumi.org.uk/poems.html

Rumi poems

http://www.rumionfire.com/

Rumi poems

http://www.colemanbarks.com
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book by Amber Parker

View showcase of student books from Fall 2006
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Book by Jared Wick

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Book by Breanna Caywood

Rumi celebration in Turkey

http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=84636

Turkey celebrates Rumi’s birthday with a giant Sema performance

Friday, September 28, 2007

ISTANBUL – Turkish Daily News

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism together with Konya’s directorate of culture, governor and residents will hold festivities Sept. 30 to celebrate the 800th birthday of famous Anatolian philosopher Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, tourism and culture Minister Ertuğrul Günay said yesterday.

Rumi, the 13th century philosopher has been commemorated around Turkey and the world with various activities and performances since the beginning of this year which has been declared by the United Nations Educatinal, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the ”Year of Mevlana.”

Collaboration

Tulip and Arabesque is an international collaboration that was initiated by:

Alison Aune, Associate Professor of Art Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth
Joellyn Rock, Assistant Professor of Art + Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth

This collaboration has included:
Art Education and Digital Design students and faculty from the University of Minnesota Duluth
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program grantees, Natalie Patrick and Amber Szerpicki
Elementary and Middle School age children from Duluth Minnesota

Graphic Design students and faculty from Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey

Special Thanks to our Turkish colleagues, professors Halime Fişenk and Murat Devrim Atilgan, and Dean Dr. Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu of Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey.

This project was made possible with support from:
The Turkish American Alliance of the School of Fine Arts (SFA), University of Minnesota Duluth, Dean Jack Bowman and Julia Gillett, grant writer; SFA funding of two faculty Small Chancellor’s Grants and an American-Turkish Alliance Exchange Research Grant; SFA Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program grants to art and design students Natalie Patrick and Amber Szerpicki; Funding from The Office of International Programs (OIP) Interdisciplinary International Institutional Partnership Grants; The Department of Art + Design Head Virginia Jenkins; Professor Ron Marchese, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Minnesota Duluth and with donations from UMD Stores Art Supplies.