Talking in Detroit at Wayne State

Posted by Ian on Aug 2, 2014 in news

I will be visiting Detroit to participate in and speak at a workshop on Critical Engagements with Post-Industrial Transformations hosted by Wayne State and organized by Krysta Ryzewski and Laura McAtackney. Information on the participants and plans can be found at:

“An Innocent City” opening in Istanbul

Posted by Ian on Jul 8, 2014 in news

I am happy to announce the opening of “An Innocent City” at the RCAC Gallery on Istiklal Caddesi in Istanbul next Thursday, 17 July 2014, from 1830-2000. An Innocent City is an exhibition of stories and illustrations of the everyday objects of Istanbul. The objects presented here were inspired by objects on display in the cases of […]

Contemporary Art and the Inter-Asian Imaginary

Posted by Ian on Oct 3, 2013 in news

I am happy to announce that I will be taking part as a presenter in the “Contemporary Art and the Inter-Asian Imaginary” workshop organized by Alice Jim and Henry Tsang as part of the Conference on Inter-Asian Connections IV: Istanbul co-organized and co-sponsored by the Social Science Research Council, Yale University, the National University of […]

Betsey Biggs’ Postcard Project featured in Bettery Magazine

Posted by Ian on Nov 13, 2012 in news, press, reviews

Ayun Halliday & Betsey Biggs 2012 “How can we keep pre-digital communication’s most pleasurable rituals from becoming extinct?” in Bettery Magazine, November. Read it here.

Celebrity bike tour guide for Providence Gallery Night

Posted by Ian on Sep 19, 2012 in news

With my co-guide and arts advocate Flannery Patton, I’ll be leading a bike tour for Providence Gallery Night tomorrow, Thursday, September 20, 2012. Hope to see you there with your pedals spinning! More information here.

Contemporary Istanbul launches a free iPhone/iPad app

Posted by Ian on Jun 12, 2012 in blog

Now you can follow all the buzz (and criticism) around the every expanding and booming Istanbul contemporary art scene with Contemporary Istanbul‘s iPhone/iPad application. Free to download, you can check it out here: Tags: art, technology Article source:

Elif Batuman’s Diary: Pamuk’s Museum

Posted by Ian on Jun 2, 2012 in blog

It wasn’t long before I heard that Orhan Pamuk was in town, building a museum. The museum was said to be full of stuff that had ‘belonged’ to the protagonists of his last novel, The Museum of Innocence. If you knocked on the door, he would let you in and show you the heroine’s old shoes. I […]

Streetmapping: Artist Lian Bell from Out of Site Festival 2007

Posted by Ian on May 23, 2012 in blog

Dean Street pavement, Dublin Sunday 26 Aug 12pm-6pm  I planned to draw a map in chalk on the pavement of the Liberties area of Dublin, by asking passers-by for advice. The Liberties is an old area of the city full of intricate streets which have seen vast development recently and which looks set to continue […]

How Do You Navigate a City With No Street Names?

Posted by Ian on May 23, 2012 in blog

[Reposted from The Atlantic] To an outsider, Amman, Jordan, could seem nearly unnavigable. Until five years ago, its streets were unlabeled and its buildings unnumbered.* Even now, locals give direction by landmark, narrating the way over the phone or on hand-drawn maps. “It’s totally normal to be lost and confused,” says photographer Regina Mamou, who spent […]

TRACK: A contemporary city conversation

Posted by Ian on May 12, 2012 in blog

Curated by Philippe Van Cauteren and Mirjam VaradinisTRACK is a unique art experience in the public and semi public space of the city of Ghent. It offers surprising, enriching, and unexpected encounters with the city, its history, and its inhabitants and incites to reflect upon urban realities and the contemporary human condition in a broader […]