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Beyza Boyacioglu and Jeff Soyk, “Zeki Müren Hotline – Mobile Experience”

Thursday, March 4, 2021 @ 5:00 pm 6:30 pm EST

Zeki Müren Hotline started as a simple hotline in 2015, collecting everyday people’s messages to Zeki Müren — Turkey’s most beloved and equally controversial pop star. An homage to the intimacy Müren established with his fans and a throwback to the 1990’s hotline phenomenon, this participatory project quickly became a sensation in Turkey. During the few months it was active, the hotline received hundreds of messages, often expressing nostalgia for the deceased icon and Turkey’s bygone days. The Zeki Müren Hotline mobile experience is an interactive web app* that presents a selection from those messages alongside vignettes from Müren’s life and legacy.

*Please come prepared with a charged mobile device (phone or tablet) and headphones.

Beyza Boyacioglu (Director) is a filmmaker and editor from Istanbul. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA Doc Fortnight, IDFA, RIDM, Morelia International Film Festival, !f Istanbul, Barbican Centre and many other venues and festivals. She received fellowships from Chicken & Egg, Flaherty Seminar, Greenhouse/Close Up, UnionDocs and is a Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective member. Her editing credits include In Search of Bengali Harlem by Vivek Bald and Black Lives Matter: A Global Reckoning: Italy by Vice News. She holds an MSc in Comparative Media Studies from MIT and a BA in Visual Arts from Sabanci University.

Jeff Soyk (Director) is an award-winning media artist with experience in creative direction, UX design, UI design, HTML5/CSS3/JS, and film/video. His credits include creative director and UI/UX designer on PBS Frontline’s Inheritance (2016 News & Documentary EMMY winner and Peabody-Facebook Award winner) as well as art director, UI/UX designer and architect on Hollow (2013 Peabody Award winner and News & Documentary EMMY nominee).