#VideoPopPera A Special Exhibition Tour

18 December 2015

Pera Museum’s Instagram account was taken over by “This is Not A Love Song” exhibition’s project managers Fatma Çolakoğlu and Ulya Soley!
Check out this special tour!

James Clar, Dance Therapy, 2011 

“Am I a musician trapped in the mind of an artist or an artist trapped in the body of a musician?” 

Good morning! We took over the museum’s Instagram account as the project managers of the exhibition This is Not a Love Song.

Largen & Bread, This is Not a Love Song,   2013 

Mostly known by Nouvelle Vague’s cover, this song was originally released by Public Image Ltd. in 1983 and became a hit! The video takes its title from this song.

Andy Warhol, who designed this iconic album cover of The Velvet Underground, played a crucial role in the band’s career. 

“Every song has a memory; every song has the ability to make or break your heart, shut down the heart, and open the eyes.”

“It’s better to burn out than to fade away”  

Nirvana’s frontman Kurt Cobain quoted Neil Young‘s song Hey Hey, My My in his suicide note.

“Relax don’t do it
When you want to go to it”

Tony Cokes’ Ad Vice reminds us of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’a 1983 hit Relax!


“Free your mind… and your ass will follow”Shy to
 dance? Just listen to funk music! 

Adrian Piper, Funk Lessons, 1983

Assume Vi̇vi̇d Astro Focus,Walking on Thin Ice, 2003 

Psychodelia, dance culture, gender identity…
The song Walking on Thin Ice was the last recording that Yoko Ono and John Lennon did together 35 years ago.

Walking on thin ice, I’m paying the price
For throwing the dice in the air
Why must we learn it the hard way?
And play the game of life with your heart

Jeremy Deller, Dünya Tari̇hi̇, 1997-2004

“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” Jimi Hendrix 

Thank you for touring the exhibition with us today! 

This is Not A Love Song: Video Art and Pop Music Crossovers took place at the Pera Museum between 25 November 2015 - 07 February 2016.

Dancing on Architecture

Dancing on Architecture

I think it was Frank Zappa – though others claim it was Laurie Anderson – who said in an interview that ‘writing on music is much like dancing on architecture’. 

It’s better to burn out than to fade away

It’s better to burn out than to fade away

In 1962 Philip Corner, one of the most prominent members of the Fluxus movement, caused a great commotion in serious music circles when during a performance entitled Piano Activities he climbed up onto a grand piano and began to kick it while other members of the group attacked it with saws, hammers and all kinds of other implements.

Nam June Paik Video Art’s Pioneer

Nam June Paik Video Art’s Pioneer

Nam June Paik was video art’s pioneer (1932 –2006). It is interesting that while Warhol and Nameth were experimenting with psychedelic happenings that combined rock, film and performance, the video art pioneers Nam June Paik, Stephen Beck, Eric Siegel and Steina Vasulka were researching in a similar direction.