YOEL MERANDA

Bio

I was born in Istanbul in 1981. Lived in Chicago & New York between 2000-2006. I co-founded Kamara in 2011. Four experimental videos I directed were screened at the Toronto Film Festival. Also screened videos at the Edinburgh, Thessaloniki, Douarnenez and Lucca film festivals. Five videos of mine got a collective Honorable Mention at Chicago Onion City. I was commissioned works by the Goethe Institute, !f Istanbul Film Festival, and Pera Museum. I had video installations at the WhiteBox Gallery (New York), Cistern Basilica and Alt (Istanbul). In 2016, I produced "Albüm" (co-produced by Arte France, Cedomir Kolar, Danis Tanovic, Calin Peter Netzer, world sales by the Match Factory, distributed in France by Le Pacte) which won the Visionary Award at Semaine de la Critique, Best Feature Film at Sarajevo and Best First Feature at Jerusalem. In 2019, I screened an experimental short titled "meadows" at the Alchemy Film Festival.

I'm currently in the post-production of my narrative short “200" shot in Sarajevo, co-produced by Annick Lemonnier in France and Amra Bakšic Camo in Bosnia-Herzegovina. My feature project in development based on Balzac's novel "Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes" has completed the 2018 Moulin d’Andé scriptwriting residency. My documentary in development "Excretapolitique" ("Politics of Shitting"), produced by La Fabrica Nocturna in France, is supported by the New Film Fund in Turkey. I'm also producing Eytan Ipeker's first feature documentary "Miss Holocaust Survivor" co-produced by Spiro Films in Israel, Welt Film in Germany and Survivance in France. The project is supported by the New Film Fund. It was pitched at Sheffield Doc/Fest's Meetmarket and Istanbul Meetings on the Bridge where it won the Color Up Award.

 

Links

Videos: http://vimeo.com/yoelmeranda

Blog: http://waysofseeing.org

Selected Videography 

•    meadows, experimental documentary, 11 min, 2017

2019 Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

•    Gezi Park and its surroundings, June 9th 2013, experimental documentary, 14 min, 2013

2013 Olympia Film Society screening by the Rachel Corrie Foundation


•    saldım çayıra... (my herd on a meadow...), experimental video, sound, 6 min, 2011

Commissioned for 2011 !f Istanbul & Ankara - Special Screenings - For Your Own Good
2015 Bilgi Sinema Klubü – Biçimsiz 
2016 Douarnenez Festival de Cinéma - Cinémas expérimentaux de Turquies (Poster)


•    highway screening, experimental video, silent, 2 min, 2010
Honorable Mention at the 2011 Onion City Experimental Film & Video Festival
2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival - Experimental
2011 Ankara International Film Festival 
2013 Experiments in Cinema Film Festival (v8.53) (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
2013 AMOA-Arthouse (Austin, Texas)
2017 Edinburgh Experimental Film Club
 
•    moonalphabet, experimental video, silent, 2 min, 2010

Honorable Mention at the 2011 Onion City Experimental Film & Video Festival
2010 Thessaloniki International Film Festival - Last Year's Resolutions

•    straitscaping, experimental video, silent, 1 min, 2010
2010 Toronto International Film Festival - City to City: Istanbul
2011 Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo)

•    rauscht, experimental video, silent, 1 min, 2010
2010 Toronto International Film Festival - City to City: Istanbul
2010 Chicago Filmmakers - After Image

•    Television, experimental video, sound, 2 min, 2010
2010 White Box Gallery (New York) - Stirrings Still

 

•    ascents in february, experimental video, sound, 3 min, 2010
2010 Toronto International Film Festival - City to City: Istanbul

•    not be or..., experimental video, silent, 2 min, 2009
2010 Toronto International Film Festival - City to City: Istanbul

•    océanéant, experimental video, silent, 3 min, 2009
2009 Onion City Film & Video Festival (Chicago)
2009 Abstracta International Exhibition (Rome)
2010 Galatasaray University Culture & Art Center (Istanbul) - Bizim Gözümüzden
2011 Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo) 
2013 Experiments in Cinema Film Festival (v8.53) (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
2013 AMOA-Arthouse (Austin, Texas)
2017 Echo Park Film Center - Shape of a Surface: New Work from Turkey

Comments about Yoel's videos

"Yoel Meranda's films are quests for alternate ways of seeing. In 'straitscaping', a quivering panning shot captured during a sunset ferry trip across the Bosphorus complicates our sense of horizon and distance. In 'not be or...', a whiplash montage of Istanbul's urban imagery leaves impressions of windows, street signs and trees, all with an amber hue reminiscent of the sun through closed eyelids. A playful, alien spot of luminescence invites the viewer out onto the streets of Istanbul in 'ascents in february', while 'rauscht' dissects a politician's appearance on television into strangely beautiful grains."
- Kate Lawrie Van de Ven, in the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival catalogue (for more info)

"The videos of Yoel Meranda (now living in his native Turkey) are dark, fleeting, and obscure. They push at the edges of perception and legibility. He makes works of gnarly abstraction and agitated movement. When he momentarily steps away from this approach and presents a decipherable landscape, it's jolting and tumultuous."
- Josh Mabe about the After Image show at the Chicago Filmmakers

 

"Yoel Meranda indulges a fascination with color in his extraordinary abstraction 'océanéant' : fields of translucent reds gather upon themselves until they seem to congeal into something with mass, weight, and texture."
- Fred Camper

 

"Such indulgences have only been carried forward with his recent videos; we are given set-ups that over time are complicated by the introduction of sudden and frantic new rhythms, accelerated enlargements of a recurring flash of digital color, darkening digital blacks, closures of what was until then a full view, sometimes distancing us from the beautiful, trying to earn it."
- Ekrem Serdar

 

"Two abstract videos by Yoel Meranda play with horizons and perspective and digital grain and the limits of computer color respectively."
- Josh Mabe on 'tiempo prudente' and 'océanéant'

 

"a bunch of little cine-poems, cityscapes in digital close-up, with terrific little rhythms and cuts that made you aware of lengths beyond their own. They remain my favorite Istanbul movies."
- Ekrem Serdar on my "Diary 2006" videos

 

"In Yoel Meranda's 'bsorb', a turquoise orb and the surrounding orange make for a stunning contrast, but the aggressive colors are also wildly unstable, with fuzzy shapes blurring and dissolving."
- Fred Camper

 

"(...) carefully edited to suggest a space larger than is shown."
- Fred Camper on 'anıtkabir'

"(...) I sometimes struggle to find the proper words to describe a film or video that nonetheless strikes me as meaningful or important. Typically we think of those moments -- the reaction that is clearly there but cannot yet form itself into interpretive language -- as being primarily visceral, gut-level. The work in question has accessed emotional reserves within us that we are unaccustomed to acknowledging, much less articulating. But this is not the only way in which words can fail us. There is also a more intellectual silence, when the object in question seems so self-sufficient that it's difficult to know what we can add to it with our critical discourse. That is to say, we know that the work is good, and well-made, and socially important. But it could be that there's a frank objectivity to the work itself that makes a lot of extra discussion redundant. I don't mean "objectivity" in the typical sense -- unbiased and based solely in empirical fact. I'm using the word much more in a materialist or sculptural sense. The work may be so precise in its aims that all we could do is explicate them, or just point. Yoel Meranda's documentary essay, made in the midst of the Gezi Park protests in Turkey at the end of last May, is a clean piece of post-Marker "cine-tract" reportage. Meranda conveys the events (the growing public consensus against President Erdogan, the heavy-handed response), the experience of being in the thick of events on June 9, and, through his editing and phenomenological awareness, a broader sense of the current event in history. All this is felt, as you watch it, in part no doubt because Meranda was both thinking about it and feeling it while he was filming, and looking over his shoulder. See for yourself. There. I'm pointing."
- Michael Sicinski on his website academichack.net

 

"Moonalphabet by Yoel Meranda is a simple but clever exercise exploring both texture and the figuration of shapes;"
- Bill Mousoulis

 

"A disorienting rapid montage of images of landscape recreates the feeling of speed."
- Kim Knowles writing about 'highway screening' on the 2011 Edinburgh Film Festival program

 

"a video artist who makes subtle tiny abstractions, (...)"
- Josh Mabe

 

"Shortest film at #TIFF10: Yoel Meranda's 'straitscaping', running a mere 20 seconds (program book rounds up). The future is here!"
- a tweet by Peter Howell

 

"Turkey’s Yoel Meranda points low-tech cameras out car windows and captures alluring abstractions. His “moonalphabet” grabs lunar glyphs. Ranging from one to four minutes, these are dense, nuanced glances of passing scenery."
- Bill Stamets writing about the Onion City 2011 screening on Chicago Sun-Times

 

"Turkish video artist Yoel Meranda presents five masterful short videos that explore the moon, the side of the road, animal life, and architecture through various means of abstraction."
- Josh Mabe on the Onion City 2011 screening

 

 

Awards

Honorable Mention at the 2011 Onion City Experimental Film & Video Festival for
moonalphabet
highway keying
highway screening
a dream of horses
anıtkabir


 

Complete Screenings/Exhibition List


2019 Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

 • meadows


2017 Edinburgh Experimental Film Club
 • highway screening

2017 Echo Park Film Center - Shape of a Surface: New Work from Turkey
océanéant

2017 Fol Bomonti Alt Screening & Video Installation

longoz

 

2016 Douarnenez Festival de Cinéma - Cinémas expérimentaux de Turquies (Poster)

saldım çayıra...

 

2016 Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival
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2015 Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival
08.09.14


2015 Bilgi Sinema Klubü – Biçimsiz (to see the program booklet click here

• les faits

• time runs

• diagonal

• fraqnc

• going

• look

• india

• otoku

• monogatari

• ÎLE DE RE

• forever and a day

• residue

• theatre

• notation

• slightly

• whirling

• sphorus

• inscrivere

• videotext

• firewaters

• turquoise

• wall length

• fjords

• bsorb

• space density

not be or...

• göcek’te bir örümcek

• liquid

ascents in february

• static

• Aber die Horen...

• Alice

rauscht

• Tuzla’da Yaz Fırtınası

straitscaping

• electric lights near büyükada

• bozburun contrasts

moonalphabet

• sessiz fırtına

• fond de l’air

• apichatportrait

highway keying

a dream of horses

• maçaşehelale

• hacı aliluma

saldım çayıra...

• scontro

08.09.14

• 20140911_181730

• beklerkenli

 

2014 Hezarfen Film Gallery (İzmir) - Le Jour Le Plus Court
• Hediye (A Gift)

 

2014 Bilgi Sinema Gösterimi

• Gezi Parki ve çevresi, 9 Haziran 2013
• Gezi Parki ve Taksim, 9 Haziran 2013 Gecesi

 

2014 Pera Museum - Bring Your Own Beamer
• kalpumbağa

 

2013 2013 Olympia Film Society screening by the Rachel Corrie Foundation (link)
• Gezi Parki ve çevresi, 9 Haziran 2013

 

2013 Gerhard Falkner Poetry Reading: Istanbul-ist
• untitled video installation at Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı)

 

2013 Experiments in Cinema Film Festival (v8.53) (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
océanéant
• diagonal
highway screening

 

2013 AMOA-Arthouse (Austin, Texas)
océanéant
• diagonal
highway screening

 

2011 SPONECK!! Küçük Sinemalar Deneysel Sinema Gösterimi (İstanbul)
• the gates of hell
• antalya dolmuşu
highway keying
• try an' duck
• scontro
• tarsus st. paul kilisesi

2011 Onion City Film & Video Festival (Chicago)
moonalphabet
highway keying
highway screening
a dream of horses
anıtkabir

 

2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival - Experimental
highway screening

 

2011 Ankara International Film Festival - National Short Film Competition - Experimental
highway screening

 

2011 !f Istanbul & Ankara - Special Screenings - For Your Own Good
saldım çayıra...

 

2011 Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo) - Küçük Sinemalar! Experimental Cinema from Turkey
océanéant
straitscaping
• electric lights near büyükada
moonalphabet

2010 Thessaloniki International Film Festival - Last Year's Resolutions
moonalphabet

 

2010 Toronto International Film Festival - City to City: Istanbul
not be or...
ascents in february
rauscht
straitscaping

 

2010 Chicago Filmmakers - After Image
• otoku
• monogatari
• ÎLE DE RÉ
• whirling
• inscrivere
• videotext
• turquoise
• the gates of hell
• göcek'te bir örümcek
• downwards
• liquid
ascents in february
• Aber die Horen...
rauscht
• Tuzla'da Yaz Fırtınası
• strings
straitscaping
• bozburun contrasts

 

2010 White Box Gallery (New York) - Stirrings Still (for more info)
Television

 

2010 Galatasaray University Culture & Art Center (Istanbul) - Bizim Gözümüzden
• tiempo prudente
• hmmm…
• intrinsic
Television
• fraqnc
• louis XIV
• Aber die Horen…
• Alice
• None They Say Have I
• rainbow-wall
• En la playa de Barcelona
• 3:30
• storyboard
rauscht
• emily & charlotte
océanéant
• il mio viaggio in italia

 

2010 Onion City Film & Video Festival (Chicago)
• india
• inscrivere
• firewaters
• bsorb

 

2009 Pera Museum (Istanbul) - Biçimsizler / The Shapeless
• tiempo prudente
océanéant
• fraqnc
• storyboard
• otoku
• monogatari
• ÎLE DE RÉ
• forever and a day
• whirling

 

2009 Abstracta International Exhibition (Rome)
océanéant

 

2009 Onion City Film & Video Festival (Chicago)
• tiempo prudente
océanéant

 

2008 !f Istanbul Film Festival
• düzgören çıkmazı
• tompkins square park

2007 Lucca Film Festival
• mouthful
• untitled
• untitled 2
• digital ways of doing
• color correction
• I_MIT
• michael's nose


 

Updated 06.12.2019