This work includes,
a video performance (HD, 01:35 min, loop) // an object // digital drawing (flyer)
The work originated in an open workshop* that took place in Berlin and Istanbul as a solidarity demonstration for Osman Kavala**. By looking at the current politics of Turkey, the artist tries to rethink and question revolution as a concept. In my process, I am trying to observe the revolutionary acts that happened and/or are happening in the world from the eyes of the ‘Angel of History’, referring to Walter Benjamin’s famous interpretation of Paul Klee’s painting Angelus Novus.*** During my video performance, I try to mimic the acts that I observed in representations of revolutions in order to comprehend how fast political roles can change. Are we still talking about the same concept of revolution, moreover, do we still need it?
* The open workshop started at Tütün Deposu in İstanbul by artist friends of Anadolu Kültür Executive Board Chair, rights activist and business person Osman Kaval, and continued to be organized in Berlin, Germany. Held from February 16 to February 18, the workshop was realized by the Apartment Project (Tansu Pişkin Berlin - BIA News Desk 21 February 2018)
** Osman Kavala is the Anadolu Kültür Executive Board Chair, human rights advocate, and businessperson...He was taken into custody in the evening hours on October 18 at İstanbul Atatürk Airport upon his return from a meeting of a project planned to be realized in cooperation with the Goethe Institute in Antep (Tansu Pişkin Berlin - BIA News Desk 21 February 2018)
*** W. Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History-section 9
The Concrete material gets its hardest state in 30 days.
During the 30 days, the material indurates. Thus, on the video, the material can resist in spite of its demolition. With every attempt from me to demolish it, it gets harder than my previous attack.
Who is the maker? Who is the destructor?
The drawings show the details of the object's mold, some information to reproduce/make the object and performance. Visitors could have one of them.
'Careful Unrest' curated by Anna Voswinckel, in the Museum für Fotografie*(Berlin).
In the exhibition, the object was exhibited in a horizontal position because of the security reasons.
* The Museum of Photography (German: Museum für Fotografie) in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, Germany, is one of the Berlin State Museum administered by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.