Ras(t)gele, serigrafi baskı tekniğiyle (20 Edisyon) üretilmiş 8 adet, 50×70 cm, tek renk desenden oluşan yerleştirme. Tampere. Baski: Big Baboli Istanbul (2021).
My work on the Marmara Sea and its ecosystem this time got me to the Underwater Life in Istanbul (2014) documentary shot by Alptekin Baloğlu and his team. The documentary is about the diverse life in the Marmara Sea ecosystem at the beginning of the 2000s. As a licensed diver, when I saw this documentary, which is full of information and images of the underwater life of Istanbul, I admired the privileged experience of diving in the Bosphorus.
If I would dive with Alptekin Baloğlu and his team in 2021, which living beings would I see in the Marmara Sea? I constructed the main narrative of the work I exhibit here using images I compiled from diving experiences in Bosphorus. The installation, with regards to the biodiversity of the ecosystems of the city of Istanbul and the Marmara Sea, as a passageway, refers to a migration traffic metaphor and the richness of social and cultural diversities allowing the co-existence of different thoughts.
The entry “rasgele” in İmlâ Lûgati (Spelling Book) dated 1928, meaning “random,” has today another meaning, “işiniz rast gitsin” (good luck) with a new spelling: “rastgele.” In hunting and fishing, it is used to wish plenty of catches, whereas, in the context of the exhibition, it is used to invite viewers to reconsider their approaches to social and cultural diversities, to look at different views from alternative perspectives
Yesterday was the last day of my exhibition at @himmelblauart, Tampere. The works are still at the gallery but the Kutomo hall is open by request until 30.01.2021. After this date, Taidekeskus Mältinranta @taidekeskus.maltinranta will host my work for those who may want to check them out & buy or rent.
Another good news, Practice Sharing Publication at SAR(Society for Artistic Research) featured SAPP in LANGUAGE-BASED ARTISTIC RESEARCH, special interest group along with other amazing artistic research projects. This publication prepared by Emma Cocker, Alexander Damianisch, Lena Séraphin, Cordula Daus, ‘LANGUAGE-BASED ARTISTIC RESEARCH (SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP)’, Research Catalogue (2021). Check out the full publication in this link:
Each weekend and even sometimes during the week, I reserved time to accompany people visiting the artworks. Thank you to those who participated in the discussion, and shared their feedback on the show. It felt incredibly good to acquire support from my fellow artist colleagues, Tampereen Taiteilijaseura members, Tampere Talent Ambassadors, friends, and family throughout the show.
This show was a good opportunity to meet new people at the gallery space, practice my Finnish skills, and spend some time together with people while visiting the artworks.
After working together with Sofie (Dubs) and Fabio (Bergamaschi), it occurred to me that my own body is in constant communication with me, but I did not know how to read it correctly. Working with them made me aware of this phenomenon, and a reoccurring pattern for wanting to sleep in psychologically challenging situations was what inspired me starting to research this. As in physical weariness, I consider sleeping as a form of rest from thinking even though the brain does not stop working. Therefore, I take sleeping as a part of the daily performative process and record my dreams, physical activity while sleeping.
Through these inputs, I try to come up with an alphabet to communicate on how the mind and body perform during the sleeping state. The subconscious, dream, and mind are highly charged topics in both neuroscience and psychology communities. Still, as a visual artist, I try to read visuals that my body and brain produce along the process. It is pretty much how I define my part as an artist to support the scientific community.
Combining the aesthetics of disaster and Hegel’s aesthetics of beauty, I attempt to destruct images of natural beauty using scanography method of photography to create abstract and fragmented images that address the consumption through the contemporary makeup industry. Scanography enables the image, destruction, and fragmentation to co-exist together in one photograph due to technical abilities. Therefore, it is research for visual reconciliation between the ideal beauty and aesthetics of disaster.