Kutlug Ataman ‘Küba’
Küba was our first project with Kutluğ Ataman and our first project with Artangel. In mid-2004 we were contacted by Artangel and asked to provide a video encoding test for an upcoming installation by Turner Prize nominee Kutluğ Ataman. We passed the test with flying colours and were commissioned to make the DVDs for the exhibition.
Küba is an area in Istanbul that first emerged in the late 1960s. It was then – as it is now – a home to nonconformists of diverse ethnicity, religion and political persuasion, united in their defiant disregard for state control.
The project comprised of a forty screen video installation. Quality was the most important consideration and every DVD underwent a comprehensive QC.
The NTSC version of the project was first shown in October 2004 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Ataman’s multiple DVD installation won the prestigious Carnegie Prize. In March 2005 the show moved to The Sorting Office on New Oxford Street in London, from where it travelled to Stuttgart, Vienna and Sydney.
Artangel’s Melanie Smith added:
It was fantastic to find such an efficient and friendly post production house in London, which is sympathetic to the creative needs of artists. The quality of the work produced for Artangel has been outstanding. I look forward to working with Pink Pigeon on future projects.
We have continued to work not only with Artangel but also Kutluğ Ataman and galleries Lehmann Maupin and Thomas Dane.