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Gulsen Bal, Asst. Prof. PhD, graduated from London Guildhall University in the field of time-based media and received her MA degree in Critical Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, where she also undertook her doctoral studies. Seeking to understand the implications and complexities of the “production of subjectivity”, her research has involved critical explorations of the temporal and strategic conjunctions of various differential structures.

Bal is a curator and an art and visual culture theorist. Since 2007 she has been the founding Director and Head of Development of Projects and Programmes at Open Space - Zentrum für Kunstprojekte in Vienna. In 2011, Bal introduced a fundamental shift in the way Open Space operates subsequent to a transitory year in which a new edition came to life as Open Systems - Verein zur Förderung und Vermittlung von Kultur. For her programmes as well as for her curatorial work she has received several awards both nationally and internationally.

Bal’s recent curatorial works include “Places of Transition” at quartier21 INTERNATIONAL/ MuseumsQuartier Wien (Vienna, 2014) together with Walter Seidl; “BALKAN(S) NOW - Status seminar and artistic survey” at Vienna Art Fair - ‘VIENNA Live’ (Vienna, 2013), Mestna galerija (Ljubljana, 2013) and Remont (Belgrade, 2013); “It’s in the ‘can’” at Open Systems (Vienna, 2012); the 12th edition of renowned festival “PIXXELPOINT: Let’s Get Ready” at Metropolitana Gallery (Nova Gorica, 2011), Nova Gorica City Gallery (Nova Gorica, 2011), Tir Gallery (Gorizia, 2011) and Mostovna Cultural Centre (Gorizia, 2011); “Ist dies alles?” at Open Space (Vienna, 2011); “No Ifs, No Buts” at DEPO (Istanbul, 2010) and co-curating the 28th Biennial of Graphic Arts: “The Matrix: An Unstable Reality” at Škuc Gallery (Ljubljana, 2009). She was also invited as one of hundred curators from all over the world to participate in “100 CURATORS 100 DAYS” for the largest exhibition of its kind by Saatchi Gallery (London) in 2012.


 Bal edited

  • “A special issue: Reader: BALKAN(S) NOW” for an interdisciplinary online Journal of Open Systems (Vienna, 2014); 
  • Of Many Worlds! / Aus vielen Welten!, interdisciplinary online Journal of Open Systems, Vienna 2013
  • A special issue: Is this all there is?, Journal of Visual Art Practice, Intellect publication in association with National Association for Fine Art Education, London, 2012
  • Is this all there is?, Journal of Visual Art Practice, Intellect publication in association with National Association for Fine Art Education, London 2012
  • Open Space – what is possible in the political potentiality / Open Space – Mögliche Umrisse politischer Potenzialität, London: Divus, 2011
  •  Open Space - what is possible in creative practice / Open Space - Mögliche Umrisse von Kunstpraxis, London: Divus, 2010
  •  Open Space - Mapping contemporary creative practice / Open Space - Schnittpunkte Aktueller Kunstpraxis, London: Divus, 2009
  • The Space of Min(d)field, Third Text Magazine, London: Routledge, 2008
  • Türkiye’de Dün-Bugün Dönüsümleri, Istanbul: Taylor & Francis Inc., 2008
  • Gone City, Bregenz: Bücher Verlag, 2008

Currently, Bal is a lecturer at Istanbul Bilgi University and Technische Universität Wien. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Third Text - Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture Magazine (Routledge, London). Bal has been a juror and critic at several boards, such as The Global Board of Contemporary Art (GBCA, Brussels), Art Prize “The Future of Europa” for the Museum of Contemporary Art (GfZK, Leipzig), a price committee for the Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien (Vienna) and at the jury board of the Fellowship Program for Art and Theory for Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen (Innsbruck) and Siemens Art (Istanbul). She has curated, edited, published articles and given talks in many places and venues internationally as well as in Turkey.
Saatchi Gallery's 100 Curators 100 Days


2008 - Critical and Curatorial Initiatives
2009 - Lines (not) to be crossed
2010 - System Errors
2011 - Drifting Identity Station
2012 - Regime des Visuellen
2013 - Regime des Visuellen