Artist, Cagla Baybura, hailing from Istanbul, was invited to contribute video art as homage to CBGB’s and the 2013 CBGB fest. Standing beside her three 14′ led displays along a section of Broadway between 2 large stages, Baybura says “The memory of CBGB’s is important to underground music internationally, that’s why I’m here today. CBGB’s is much bigger than its old address on the Bowery.” Baybura’s piece uses a decidedly low-tech approach in combining old clips of bands synonymous with the stage’s beginnings and selected clips from Turkey’s burgeoning pop cinema culture, popping at around the same time. The over-the-top themes and low budget effects represented a kind of punk rock cinema which matured by the mid 70′s and produced about 300 films a year until popularity waned in the early 80′s. This film explosion immortalized it’s rogue stars and unapologetic directors in a serendipitous way, not unlike the cramped little stage in a beat up little venue once did for so many artists who didn’t know they were making worldwide waves. “I channel that spirit through my own work” says Baybura.
For an example of some of the cinema Baybura sampled for her CBGB’s video sculpture, this is a great little documentary called “Turkish Pop Cinema” created by Mondo Macabro.
short version: Artist Cagla Baybura, hailing from Istanbul, was invited to contribute video art as an homage to CBGB's. Baybura says "The memory of CBGBs is important to underground music internationally, that's why I'm here today. CBGB's is much bigger than its old address on the Bowery."