Mine Kaylan





(Leleg/Turkey & Brighton University/UK)

Mine Kaylan was born in Istanbul, and has worked as a performance artist, theatre practitioner, poet, performer, and as tutor and course leader in related subjects at university level in the UK. Since 1993 she has been teaching at the University of Brighton and is course leader of the B.A.Hons in Theatre and Visual Art and senior researcher and leader of LAA@B research project -(Live Art Archive @Brighton). She is currently conducting part-time research at the Royal College of Art. Her recent works include: lecture/performances, most recently "Education and the Chair" which "by looking under its own seat of learning,"Šinvestigates the live document"²; a series of poetic actions called "Evidence of Life", and a performance and video work called "The Meaning of Life: burning, breaking, tearing".

She is director of the Leleg Institute Project (co-founded 2002 UK/Turkey): an international project for Performance and Live Art Research and Education. She is currently collaborating on a performance opera with composer Sianed Jones- a short overture was performed in October 2005 at the RSC New Works Festival.

The Leleg Institute Project is nourished by the fast growing research and interest in cross cultural collaboration, site/context specific work and socially engaged practice by an international community of arts and cultural practitioners. Recent developments in experimental film and theatre, digital media, installation based performance in Turkey indicate an appetite particularly from a younger generation of artists and performance practitioners to participate in and to showcase work in these new and fast developing areas of art practice. The Leleg projects target a rural location with a rich cultural and historical significance away from the metropolitan centres. The Leleg projects take advantage of the high population of resident and visiting artists, writers and intellectuals in the south Aegean, whose presence has created a lively community receptive to new ideas.


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