"Yoel Meranda's films are quests for alternate ways of seeing. In straitscaping, a quivering panning shot captured during a sunset ferry trip across the Bosphorus complicates our sense of horizon and distance. In not be or..., a whiplash montage of Istanbul's urban imagery leaves impressions of windows, street signs and trees, all with an amber hue reminiscent of the sun through closed eyelids. A playful, alien spot of luminescence invites the viewer out onto the streets of Istanbul in ascents in february, while rauscht dissects a politician's appearance on television into strangely beautiful grains."
- Kate Lawrie Van de Ven, in the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival catalogue
"The videos of Yoel Meranda (now living in his native Turkey) are dark, fleeting, and obscure. They push at the edges of perception and legibility. He makes works of gnarly abstraction and agitated movement. When he momentarily steps away from this approach and presents a decipherable landscape, it's jolting and tumultuous."
- Josh Mabe about the After Image show at the Chicago Filmmakers
"Yoel Meranda indulges a fascination with color in his extraordinary abstraction océanéant : fields of translucent reds gather upon themselves until they seem to congeal into something with mass, weight, and texture."
- Fred Camper
"Such indulgences have only been carried forward with his recent videos; we are given set-ups that over time are complicated by the introduction of sudden and frantic new rhythms, accelerated enlargements of a recurring flash of digital color, darkening digital blacks, closures of what was until then a full view, sometimes distancing us from the beautiful, trying to earn it."
- Ekrem Serdar
"Two abstract videos by Yoel Meranda play with horizons and perspective and digital grain and the limits of computer color respectively."
- Josh Mabe on tiempo prudente and océanéant
"a bunch of little cine-poems, cityscapes in digital close-up, with terrific little rhythms and cuts that made you aware of lengths beyond their own. They remain my favorite Istanbul movies."
- Ekrem Serdar on my Diary 2006 videos
"In Yoel Meranda's bsorb, a turquoise orb and the surrounding orange make for a stunning contrast, but the aggressive colors are also wildly unstable, with fuzzy shapes blurring and dissolving."
- Fred Camper
"(...) carefully edited to suggest a space larger than is shown."
- Fred Camper on anıtkabir
"Moonalphabet by Yoel Meranda is a simple but clever exercise exploring both texture and the figuration of shapes;"
- Bill Mousoulis
"A disorienting rapid montage of images of landscape recreates the feeling of speed."
- Kim Knowles writing about highway screening on the 2011 Edinburgh Film Festival program
"a video artist who makes subtle tiny abstractions, (...)"
- Josh Mabe
"Shortest film at #TIFF10: Yoel Meranda's straightscaping, running a mere 20 seconds (program book rounds up). The future is here!"
- a tweet by Peter Howell
"Turkey’s Yoel Meranda points low-tech cameras out car windows and captures alluring abstractions. His moonalphabet grabs lunar glyphs. Ranging from one to four minutes, these are dense, nuanced glances of passing scenery."
- Bill Stamets writing about the Onion City 2011 screening on Chicago Sun-Times
"Turkish video artist Yoel Meranda presents five masterful short videos that explore the moon, the side of the road, animal life, and architecture through various means of abstraction."
- Josh Mabe on the Onion City 2011 screening
If you'd like to see my videos, please visit my Vimeo page, where I upload almost all the new works I make. My Vimeo profile also has the most updated screening history of my videos.
Five videos of mine, moonalphabet, highway keying, highway screening, a dream of horses, anıtkabir got Honorable Mention at the 2011 Onion City Film & Video Festival.
You can download my videography until September 2009 here. Everything I had made until then that I considered any worth seeing is included, with information on duration, sound, format and year. You might have to zoom in a bit to see things.
il mio viaggio in italia is a 38-minutes video-diary of my trip to Italy in the Summer 2007. Shot on the Fiumicino Airport, Roma, Siena, Chianti, Lucca, Pisa and San Gimignano. Always synch-sound and chronologically ordered. You can see a small part of it here.
Other than il mio viaggio in italia, I made fifteen videos after I moved back to Istanbul in April 2006. You can see some of them on YouTube (by clicking here) but they ALL depend heavily on pixellation and on video artifacts so the best ways to see them are mini-DV or DVD. I would be more than happy to send a DVD compilation if you're curious.
The titles are (in chronological order): on my way to boston; august 16th; september 1st; september 4th; october 12th; emirgan park; vauxhall bridge; düzgören çıkmazı (english title: dead-end for straightseers); tompkins square park; rainbow-wall; artifacts; time runs; Dirsek Koyu, Hisarönü; camden rust; kaori.
Below are three videos I made in September 2005, all around one minute. If you have any comments please let me know...
window (Silent, Quicktime, 10.6 MB)
howl (Sound, Quicktime, 7.6 MB)
stairs (Silent, Quicktime, 13.8 MB)
snow in new york consists of seven videos edited on August 2005. The footage for the videos was shot during Michael Snow's lecture at Eyebeam, New York, in May 2005. The series was my first attempt at "experimental editing" and I had no idea how the images would appear on the big screen or TV so I edited all of it based on the image that was on the LCD screen of my Canon Optura Xi camera. I still like it best, by far, as a mini-DV seen on that small LCD screen. Some of the videos completely depend on the interlacing effects so they do not survive at all on the computer monitor. If you're curious, I'll be more than happy to send you a mini-DV tape. The seven titles included in snow in new york are: mouthful, untitled, untitled 2, digital ways of doing, color correction, I_MIT, and michael's nose. Here are a few of those:
untitled 2 (Silent, Quicktime, 7.8 MB)
digital ways of doing (Sound, Quicktime, 3.6 MB)
color correction (Sound, Quicktime, 5.7 MB)
I_MIT (Silent, Quicktime, 6.6 MB)
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