Nesli

is creating HappyNES in Istanbul

29

patrons
I have so much energy I feel like I’m going to explode. Producing meaningful work is the most important thing to me, it simply gives me my sense of purpose in this life. Without it, I am lost.

I moved to Istanbul in October 2015 from Los Angeles where I was working at the cutting edge of a blossoming virtual reality (vr) industry. Our small company of 4 quickly grew into one of the leading vr camera and stitching innovators in Hollywood. At the forefront of its’ success was a crazy genius called Andy, his VJ slash programming wiz partner Ram, and me. Together in Andy’s living room we hacked countless prototypes, perfected a not-yet existing vr pipeline, and stitched the hell out gigabytes upon gigabytes of test shots. Our 360 stereoscopic camera rig captured a black lives matter protest in New York, traveled to a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, and survived an active volcanic rock in Iceland.

Joining VRSE so fresh out of graduating from USC’s MFA program pushed me neck deep in the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. It was exhilarating. It was a year of steep learning curves, relentless innovation, and reckoning with some of Hollywood’s less favorable characteristics.

Later, moving to Istanbul gave me the opportunity to explore my own art. I developed a television series. I taught myself how to code in Python so I could build a live audio-visual interface to make video art during concerts. I designed several websites. I started selling my illustrations online. I made murals. I worked tirelessly on proposals, none of which panned out. I animated a music video. I started to screen print in my living room.

So it seems I’m at my life’s fork right now. It’s time to step up and be the leader I know I can be. I want to build something big. It’s here, it’s now, it’s in Istanbul, and I got a feeling it’s important. And if it’s not important, well then we can just say it’s important to me.

The Challenge:
At the moment, there is a storm covering Turkey that stems from ignorance and warped political views. Art, much like journalism, is undervalued and compromised in Turkey. I believe a good way to win this war of ideas is through art.

Mission Statement:
My mission is to project a tapestry of ideas that reflect deep seeded roots of freedom of expression, theories of evolution, sex education, healthy living, peace, gender equality, gay rights, good business practices, ethics, moral accountability, secularism, nutrition, dance, music, exercise, science, fun, festivals, concerts, theatre, yoga, mindfulness, meditation, technology, women in technology, learning, exploration.

Strategic Goal 1:
Create HappyNES Studio in Istanbul, Turkey in a manner consistent with support received from patrons.

Strategic Goal 2:
Develop and perfect a projection mapping pipeline that encourages new associations to technology and collaborators.

Strategic Goal 3:
Enhance the audience experience by creating beautiful and thought provoking aesthetics during live concerts, festivals, and other social events in Turkey.

Strategic Goal 4:
In the case that Turkey’s State of Emergency gets prolonged again, funnel resources towards organizing events rather than focusing solely on enhancing experience.

Vision Statement:
HappyNES has carved out an oasis of positive artistic pursuits in Turkey’s volatile political and economic landscape. The sanctity of our sustainable business is due to an unwavering commitment to aesthetic beauty, technical acumen, and a tall order of ideological and moral questioning. Thus, giving rise to a socially-conscious business that values people by encouraging their development and rewarding their performance. Setting a high bar of reliability, consistency, and quality has changed the art and business scene in Turkey for the better. Beneficiaries of our efforts - Turkish people and the world at large - enjoy meaningful art, engage critically with content put forth, while having fun and being better community builders for the future.

What can you expect now?

Like it was in the start up company I used to work for, we just DID and then came back to the boilerplate, reassessed, reiterated, redefined, and forged onwards. As I see it, the HappyNES experiment is no different. I’m going to do art with a heavy emphasis on video art, visual music, and projection mapping. Get feedback from you along the way, improve, tweak, and move on to the next project. Once a following starts to grow, I hope to scale the projects up and collaborate with other driven, talented people.

What kind of a company will it be?
A projection mapping company for live events. A stage design company. A festival organization. Maybe a mixture of all of these, maybe focusing specifically on one, I can’t say just yet.

At this moment, the only thing I know for sure is this Islamist movement is gaining momentum and it’s time for an institution to be born that is driven by ethical business practices, secularism, accountability, and adequate funding to ensure artists, collaborators, etc. are paid properly. 

My aspirations are high and my motivation is endless. It is your donation that will help suppressed and profusely creative voices find hope, find happiness. The impact of which could quite literally change the world.

I am tremendously thankful to have a community of people who value what I do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, your commitment, and your trust.

Respectfully, 

Tiers
Inspired
$1 or more per month

Credit 


I am most heartened to have your support. Thank you. When I make animation, write articles, or do anything long winded you will be credited. Your decision to support the arts, critical thinking, and dissent combines pointedly in building a culture that values creative production.


Actually I've changed the Tiers and all tears will also get a free digital HappyNES FANZINE! 

Stimulated
$5 or more per month

Credit + Download + Fanzine


Every month you shall receive a printable digital high-quality piece of artwork to download. Often times they will be black and white line drawings. Should you fancy coloring them, is of course up to you. 


Actually I've changed the Tiers and all tears will also get a free digital HappyNES FANZINE! 

Inventive
$10 or more per month

Credit + Download + Fanzine


HappyNES Fanzine is a monthly account of what makes me tick. How HappyNES transmuted the raw material of everyday Istanbul experience into sketches, poetry and polemics. I instance the power of facing unpleasant facts, and hold tight my reverence for objective truth, however dismal that may increasingly be in a country such as Turkey. It may furnish you with a more intimate picture of a woman who, committed to the struggles of the mechanized and “modern” world, is drawn by the rhythms of underground music, art, and critical thinking.

Independent
$20 or more per month

Credit + Download + Fanzine + Vote + Discount


At 20$ a month you give me a burly piece of financial freedom; for this sense of independence I am ever grateful. In turn, I would like to offer a material discount. Year-round 35% discount of all my online merchandise. Please contact me for discount codes when you wish to purchase something. My products are sold on teespring, etsy, and amazon. 

Avatar
$25 or more per month

Credit + Download + Fanzine + Vote + Discount + Avatar 


You get a personalized Avatar to use on youtube or patreon, or where ever you see fit. Plus everything above.

Dissident
$50 or more per month

Credit + Download + Fanzine + Vote + Discount + Avatar + Art in the Mail


Being a true dissident requires sacrifice. This generous (too light of a word here) gift enables me to strive towards true dissidence. You give me stability so that I may endure. While it pales in comparison, I would like to offer an original piece of artwork in the mail every few months or so. Plus everything above and my everlasting gratitude. Thank you. 

I have so much energy I feel like I’m going to explode. Producing meaningful work is the most important thing to me, it simply gives me my sense of purpose in this life. Without it, I am lost.

I moved to Istanbul in October 2015 from Los Angeles where I was working at the cutting edge of a blossoming virtual reality (vr) industry. Our small company of 4 quickly grew into one of the leading vr camera and stitching innovators in Hollywood. At the forefront of its’ success was a crazy genius called Andy, his VJ slash programming wiz partner Ram, and me. Together in Andy’s living room we hacked countless prototypes, perfected a not-yet existing vr pipeline, and stitched the hell out gigabytes upon gigabytes of test shots. Our 360 stereoscopic camera rig captured a black lives matter protest in New York, traveled to a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, and survived an active volcanic rock in Iceland.

Joining VRSE so fresh out of graduating from USC’s MFA program pushed me neck deep in the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. It was exhilarating. It was a year of steep learning curves, relentless innovation, and reckoning with some of Hollywood’s less favorable characteristics.

Later, moving to Istanbul gave me the opportunity to explore my own art. I developed a television series. I taught myself how to code in Python so I could build a live audio-visual interface to make video art during concerts. I designed several websites. I started selling my illustrations online. I made murals. I worked tirelessly on proposals, none of which panned out. I animated a music video. I started to screen print in my living room.

So it seems I’m at my life’s fork right now. It’s time to step up and be the leader I know I can be. I want to build something big. It’s here, it’s now, it’s in Istanbul, and I got a feeling it’s important. And if it’s not important, well then we can just say it’s important to me.

The Challenge:
At the moment, there is a storm covering Turkey that stems from ignorance and warped political views. Art, much like journalism, is undervalued and compromised in Turkey. I believe a good way to win this war of ideas is through art.

Mission Statement:
My mission is to project a tapestry of ideas that reflect deep seeded roots of freedom of expression, theories of evolution, sex education, healthy living, peace, gender equality, gay rights, good business practices, ethics, moral accountability, secularism, nutrition, dance, music, exercise, science, fun, festivals, concerts, theatre, yoga, mindfulness, meditation, technology, women in technology, learning, exploration.

Strategic Goal 1:
Create HappyNES Studio in Istanbul, Turkey in a manner consistent with support received from patrons.

Strategic Goal 2:
Develop and perfect a projection mapping pipeline that encourages new associations to technology and collaborators.

Strategic Goal 3:
Enhance the audience experience by creating beautiful and thought provoking aesthetics during live concerts, festivals, and other social events in Turkey.

Strategic Goal 4:
In the case that Turkey’s State of Emergency gets prolonged again, funnel resources towards organizing events rather than focusing solely on enhancing experience.

Vision Statement:
HappyNES has carved out an oasis of positive artistic pursuits in Turkey’s volatile political and economic landscape. The sanctity of our sustainable business is due to an unwavering commitment to aesthetic beauty, technical acumen, and a tall order of ideological and moral questioning. Thus, giving rise to a socially-conscious business that values people by encouraging their development and rewarding their performance. Setting a high bar of reliability, consistency, and quality has changed the art and business scene in Turkey for the better. Beneficiaries of our efforts - Turkish people and the world at large - enjoy meaningful art, engage critically with content put forth, while having fun and being better community builders for the future.

What can you expect now?

Like it was in the start up company I used to work for, we just DID and then came back to the boilerplate, reassessed, reiterated, redefined, and forged onwards. As I see it, the HappyNES experiment is no different. I’m going to do art with a heavy emphasis on video art, visual music, and projection mapping. Get feedback from you along the way, improve, tweak, and move on to the next project. Once a following starts to grow, I hope to scale the projects up and collaborate with other driven, talented people.

What kind of a company will it be?
A projection mapping company for live events. A stage design company. A festival organization. Maybe a mixture of all of these, maybe focusing specifically on one, I can’t say just yet.

At this moment, the only thing I know for sure is this Islamist movement is gaining momentum and it’s time for an institution to be born that is driven by ethical business practices, secularism, accountability, and adequate funding to ensure artists, collaborators, etc. are paid properly. 

My aspirations are high and my motivation is endless. It is your donation that will help suppressed and profusely creative voices find hope, find happiness. The impact of which could quite literally change the world.

I am tremendously thankful to have a community of people who value what I do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, your commitment, and your trust.

Respectfully, 

Recent posts by Nesli

Tiers
Inspired
$1 or more per month

Credit 


I am most heartened to have your support. Thank you. When I make animation, write articles, or do anything long winded you will be credited. Your decision to support the arts, critical thinking, and dissent combines pointedly in building a culture that values creative production.


Actually I've changed the Tiers and all tears will also get a free digital HappyNES FANZINE! 

Stimulated
$5 or more per month

Credit + Download + Fanzine


Every month you shall receive a printable digital high-quality piece of artwork to download. Often times they will be black and white line drawings. Should you fancy coloring them, is of course up to you. 


Actually I've changed the Tiers and all tears will also get a free digital HappyNES FANZINE! 

Inventive
$10 or more per month

Credit + Download + Fanzine


HappyNES Fanzine is a monthly account of what makes me tick. How HappyNES transmuted the raw material of everyday Istanbul experience into sketches, poetry and polemics. I instance the power of facing unpleasant facts, and hold tight my reverence for objective truth, however dismal that may increasingly be in a country such as Turkey. It may furnish you with a more intimate picture of a woman who, committed to the struggles of the mechanized and “modern” world, is drawn by the rhythms of underground music, art, and critical thinking.

Independent
$20 or more per month

Credit + Download + Fanzine + Vote + Discount


At 20$ a month you give me a burly piece of financial freedom; for this sense of independence I am ever grateful. In turn, I would like to offer a material discount. Year-round 35% discount of all my online merchandise. Please contact me for discount codes when you wish to purchase something. My products are sold on teespring, etsy, and amazon. 

Avatar
$25 or more per month

Credit + Download + Fanzine + Vote + Discount + Avatar 


You get a personalized Avatar to use on youtube or patreon, or where ever you see fit. Plus everything above.

Dissident
$50 or more per month

Credit + Download + Fanzine + Vote + Discount + Avatar + Art in the Mail


Being a true dissident requires sacrifice. This generous (too light of a word here) gift enables me to strive towards true dissidence. You give me stability so that I may endure. While it pales in comparison, I would like to offer an original piece of artwork in the mail every few months or so. Plus everything above and my everlasting gratitude. Thank you.