part 2 of diptych video installation/performance
part 1 of a diptych video installation/performance
One thing contemporary western classical composers and eighteenth century Ottoman composers have in common is their interest in music notation. In both worlds, musicians adapted and created systems of notation to preserve the melodies, and often to give space to improvisation and the interpretation of the performer.
In this project, I studied an Armenian Ottoman score, written in Istanbul by Grigor Gapasakalian. My aim was to connect my modern western background with the old Armenian world, by using a music score. During my research I had a very special encounter with two Armenian ladies that still live in Istanbul. One of them was able to read the old Armenian lyrics and taught me the pronunciation and meaning of the text (Jesus Christ our Savior saves mankind from death).
In my reinterpretation, I approached the score following the western classical contemporary tradition as if it were a graphic score. However, all the elements are Armenian. I have tried to capture, while staying loyal to the graphic score, the atmosphere of the traditional Armenian music. The rhythm and lyrics are based on the (also modern) interpretation of the ladies and the sounds in their house.
The first part of the recording is the research, the second part the amalgamation, where I have tried to connect my culture with the beautiful Armenian tradition.
The act of leaking information.
It’s there, but we cannot see what it means, not without the right eyes.
The relevance of the leak is based on the way the people view the water arriving to them from the source, on how they see the performance of the rest of actors. The actions the people take or not mark the relevance of the information. But the people only infrequently see the water arriving at their tap. But when it does, they have the responsibility for the way they look at the information, and what they do with it. All other actors are playing to influence the final performance of this final actor, the people, who are the ones who have choice of what to do with the information that reaches them.
LIVE AND LET DIE.
A book about urbanization by Claudia Hansen
Ferryboat trips are made between two points, in a natural loop. I want to obtain a plan sequence by recording the actual time of this loop. By cutting this plan sequence into many plans/video clips, I want to explore the filmic time and space of the sequence in the new arrangement and timing of successive plans/video clips. A question referring to the book of film editor Walter Munch, In The Blink of An Eye: Are we seeing the world we live in as a plan sequence without interruption or as a sequence with full of cuts?
Already before I went to Istanbul I decided to work with a local radio, a Turkish voice actress and an imaginative language.
In the second week of my stay I met Ilksen Mavituna and Gözde Kazaz from Açık Radyo and we agreed to do 4 compositions for 2 weeks tuesday and thursday on Açık Radyo round 18:45.
A day later I had the privilege to perceive the magnificent, mesmerizing voice of Evin Zorba and she agreed to be my Turkish voice for this project.
Like this I had a structure and the ingredients to work with.
Since then I focused my research on how these 4 compositions in Turkish could exist on their own but also how they could relate to each other. In a way the four compositions show inevitable analogies with my stay in Istanbul.
In the first composition called CONSTRUCTION I focus on mental tactile reconstructions and a journey through 4 elements but especially through water.
The second one called RETROSPECTIVE is all about reconstructing memories. After this composition Erhan Özkoç wrote a poem about his mother. The draft version of this poem is exhibited in the exposition as well. PROSPECTIVE investigates mental constructions in time. The neutral voice wants you to look back on the future. In DECONSTRUCTION I use the same immersive technique to deconstruct the immersion. The last one makes you reflect about the (dis)abilities of the disembodied voice.
Radio is not about the sound, it’s about the network.
The work existed during the 4 radio compositions on random places in Istanbul.
It’s not possible to perceive the whole work.
You can only perceive a little part.
The little part that exists in your mind…
Building up in Siemens Sanat
Tune in at 18:50
Siemens Sanat is empty again. And awaiting the arrival of the fresh art pieces of “Water work”.
A lecture by antropologist Alexander Balasescu:
“Water passes through many channels and one of them is the human body. Alexander Balasescu looks at the interaction between the body and the urban space through the intermediary of fluids and proposes a physiological view of the city.”
And a lecture by Doz. Sinan Niyazioglu:
“Portraying the cities: City landmarks or Design Museums”
The design team at Siemens Sanat art gallery
Water means life. The streams running through the landscape form the lifelines of all settled communities. But what will you do if the state and construction companies cut off your lifeline? In order to meet the increasing population of Istanbul today, numerous hydroelectricity power plants (HES’) are being constructed all over Turkey, threatening the natural environment and the future of rural communities who drink from the rivers that are now drying up and eat from the grounds that coherently turn barren. Traditions and practices of extracting medicine from herbs, building with forest materials and cultivating the land will be quelled, as for the social construct and mythology that lays deeply rooted in the local landscape.
Recently a Turkish friend told me that the number of HES-projects increased from 80 in 2005 to 2000 today. According to government rhetoric, ‘water is just flowing’, which they say is a waste, since water can be used for energy. But the advantages of the power stations offer a misleading promise, because forests and valleys are being sacrificed and villagers who lived with the seasons for generations are forced to move away from their homes, to the outskirts of cities, where a shitty job at the McDonalds awaits them. The carelessness of the state provokes my friend. He responds: ”Water has a history the last of 4 billion years, homo sapiens of about 200.000 years and agriculture of only 12.000 years. Water is flowing because it is just flowing, not for the benefit of the state and multinational investors!” Continue reading
Concerning developments carried out by neoliberal city planners evoke a revaluation of the concept of The Right to the City.
The first part of Zihninde Tyatro (Theatre of Your Mind) Live on Açık Radyo in Istanbul on 26/02/2013 with the beautiful voice of Evin Zorba.
Evin Zorba’nin guzel sesiyle zihninde tiyatronun (theatre of your mind) birinci bolumu canli yayinda istanbul acik radyo’da 26/02/2013
Most of the photographs are dated from 1890 – 1900 year.
Pier in Eminonu. New Mosque – Yeni Cami in the background
* kulaklikla dinleyiniz
* listen with headphones
Evin Zorba’nin guzel sesiyle zihninde tiyatronun (theatre of your mind) ikinci bolumu canli yayinda istanbul acik radyo’da 28/02/2013
The second part of Zihninde Tyatro (Theatre of Your Mind) Live on Açık Radyo in Istanbul on 28/02/2013 with the beautiful voice of Evin Zorba.
İlk yayını bu akşam (altı kırkbeş) 6.45 civarında dinleyebilirsiniz
Tonight my first imagining composition (in Turkish) will go in the ether around 18:45 on Açık Radyo 94.9 FM