Gulsen Bal at Manchester Metropolitan University

In the first instance she will be working with the Art, Theory and Practice programmes, MA/MFA Contemporary Curating to further internationalise the breadth of reach of our offer.

In 2007 she initiated the non-profit Open Space – Zentrum für Kunstprojekte within its multi-layered constituents. The Open Space program aims to offer the most vital facilities for contemporary art in Vienna on the basis of an essential geopolitical standpoint in which an artistic agenda offers the potential for new interactions between creative and ‘not-yet- formalized’ practices in search for new outlines of contemporary arts. She has received several awards for the distinguished delivery of the programs in recognition of the best accomplishments of its activity and demonstrating considerable commitment to contemporary art.

She completed her undergraduate degree in time-based media in London and her MA in Critical Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, where she also completed her doctorate. Her research has involved exploring the temporal and strategic conjunctions of differential structures, seeking to understand the implications and complexity of the “production of subject” formulated in multiple strategies within creative strand.

Bal was appointed as a Departmental Advisory Consultant at Istanbul Bilgi University, where she was a full-time lecturer and Head of Department as well as Course and Program Coordinator. At the same time, she lectured as a Visiting Professor at Istanbul Yeditepe University for the MA degree program between 2013 and 2017. She taught at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) in the Department of Visual Culture from 2008 to 2013.

She sits on the Advisory Board of Third Text – Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture Magazine (Routledge, London) and has been a jury member at several boards, such as The Global Board of Contemporary Art – GBCA (Brussels), Museum of Contemporary Art – GfZK (Leipzig), Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien – a[ (Vienna), Fellowship Program for Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen (Innsbruck) and Siemens Art (Istanbul).

She has curated and contributed to Art Fairs and Biennials and participated in talks in various places and venues internationally as well as in Turkey. She has published wide range of numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and magazines besides edited fifteen books.

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