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May I be here

 

Work

May I be here

(2018-2021)
Side-specific participatory installation (3 video-performance, object and a collage)

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“May I Be Here?” consists of 3 video performances, an object and a collage. By looking at similar urban transformation narratives from Istanbul and Berlin; with this work, I think and question the existence of an individual in public and urban space.

 

I started the process by thinking and questioning the effects of the construction industry and its supportive political ideologies on an individual’s existence in public and urban spaces. During the process, the planned installation evolved to the public space performances as a “social experiment”. From the intersection of the planned installation and the performances, the object came out. Through the performances, my body transformed into the form of the installation. Then this interaction transformed an independent object.

 

Through this circular process, I consider and question the ownership and the general concept of urban and public space

 

The elements of the construction were everywhere. It was an occupation. They were the mould of the city. It is like an infection that spreads everywhere and everybody

 

The process:

I planned to realize the installation for an independent art exhibition in Berliner public space. The project was organized and realized (in 2018) by an independent group of artists (including me) as a protest against the decision of transforming a big public art event/exhibition into a more exclusive event. We rejected to show our works under the roof of this event and decide to go to urban space for a more d emocratic and accessible exhibition. To install my installation in the U-Bahn station, I struggled a lot for an allowance from public authorities. Since I could not manage to get any permission, I decided to resist this situation and mimic the form of the installation with my body by doing pirate performances. Due to restrictions of the public system, my body was become an element of the construction industry and copied the spaces that were designed for individual usage

 

The performances

I did my first performance. It has been interrupted by the U-Bahn securities. The police were called. There was a small argument. Despite the interruption, I finished my performance. But my moves were reformed.

 

The performances

I did my first performance. It has been interrupted by the U-Bahn securities. The police were called. There was a small argument. Despite the interruption, I finished my performance. But my moves were reformed.

VIDEO

 

In ‘video 2’,

I did one of my performances where I did in a different(hidden and unseen) part of the U-Bahn stop with the newly reformed movements.

VIDEO

 

In ‘video 3’,

I did my last performance. For this one, I went back to the first place where I did my first attempt. This time securities did not interrupt the performance. They were even watching and mentioning that they know me and I am doing it regularly. Thus, I managed to do the performance one after the other with the new movements and the movements that I wanted to perform at first

VIDEO

 

The object (300-100-55 cm)

It consists of bricks, iron profiles and chrome coated mesh.
As the outcome of the circular process, the object was made of industrial materials that are mostly used for construction. The form of the bricks is the starting point of the performances. Due to the concept of the work, with the bench like metal structure, I mimic and refer to the Berliner U-Bahn/Underground benches

 

The Collage

They are printed in three different A2 size paper.
With the digital print collages, I refer to the process of the work and the similar urban transformation narratives from Berlin and Istanbul. I choose specific situations as the construction of the Humboldt Forum (in Berlin), Taksim Gezi Park events connected to failed construction plans of Taksim Military Barracks (Topçu Kışlası), destruction of Atatürk Cultural Center and rebuilding of Steinplatz Berlin. All those transformation events affected me personally. Also, some of them motivated me to start to do this work and/or happened during the process of the work.