Sis Collective »In the Blink of A Bird (second rendition)«
In this performance the members and collaborators of Sis explore in the realm of bureaucracy. They claim to consult, guide and counsel the visitors through the exhibition, through the paperwork, through unvoiced complications and to a Next Stage.
This performance is the modified second rendition of the first »In the Blink of A Bird«, realized in Depo İstanbul in 2017. Since the performers will be able to consult a limited number of people, Sis collective suggests that you make an appointment online filling out this form: https://forms.gle/qSEBiXkvZykjo1be8
>> Members of Sis advise you to be ready to encounter questions like »Are you able to eat fresh coriander?« or »Have you ever been to a courthouse?« and they say that it is ok to come with a friend because no man is an island, right?
In the Blink of A Bird
Exhibition: 27 April – 2 June 2019
The project »In the Blink of A Bird« was initiated by the artist collective Sis*. Working collaboratively, Sis negotiates themes of freedom of expression, bureaucracy, and immigration. In Turkey, print and radio media in particular are increasingly subject to regulations that restrict freedom of speech. To demonstrate the subversive potential of these media, the artists of the collective chose techniques from these fields for their work. (more…)
“Is the crime of humanity only subject to trial when it hurts the lives of Europeans? Why some deaths are remembered and others have to be forgotten? What distinguishes human beings from animals is the ability to speak on behalf of evil. Crime is a symbol of our freedom.” Jacques Verges (Devil’s Advocate) Verges and his special technique “rupture defense” was challenging the legitimacy of the court and turning it into a debate on the injustice of colonialism.
We are neither a lawyer nor we are trying to establish a court and looking for a suspect. We are the witnesses of our times who will tell the stories. Through our films, we can reveal-discuss the normalization and ignorance of violence.
Savaş Boyraz, (in collaboration with Mahkum Abi) depicts a contemporary reading of Picasso’s Guernica in the light of recent warfare in Cizre-Kurdistan. Ezgi’s film is about pheasant hunting which has been a ritualized performance of manhood since ancient times.
Türkcesi icin kaydirin
Offene Werkstatterfahrung im Schichtbetrieb
Die “Offene Werkstatterfahrung im Schichtbetrieb” verkörperte anfangs die Reaktion auf die unfassbare und unberechtigte Verhaftung von Osman Kavala – welchen wir kennen und mit ihm in Kontakt stehen; dennoch tritt sie aus der Notwendigkeit hervor, sich solidarisch mit all denen zu zeigen, welche ihrer Freiheit beraubt wurden, weil sie Gebrauch von ihrer Meinungsfreiheit gemacht haben. Sie fand am 188.8.131.52 Februar im Istanbuler Kunstraum DEPO statt.
Die “Offene Werkstatterfahrung im Schichtbetrieb” hat es ermöglicht dass Künstler und Kunst schaffende aus verschiedenen Generationen in einem gemeinsam genutzten Raum zusammen kommen konnten.
Mit Vorstellungsvermögen, mit Spielen, und der erschaffenen Sprache war man zusammen.
The television channel of ‘SiS’ is employed to bring artist works that use television programme as a form. Television programmes are produced at the set constructed within the exhibition space both before and during the exhibition, contributing to the flow of information during the course. Keeping record of contemporary memory creates a medium that can continue during the exhibition as well.
“In the blink of a bird” is the product of a collaborative work initiated by a group of individuals who pursue the possibilities of collective production, and reflect on the ways and methods of thinking, acting, departing and deciding together. It is an exhibition expanding through invites and participations based on the conceptual and structural basis constructed by Selda Asal, Özgür Atlagan, Fatma Belkıs, Şafak Çatalbaş, Elmas Deniz, Borga Kantürk, Evrim Kavcar, Yasemin Nur, Sevgi Ortaç, Gümüş Özdeş, Gökçe Süvari, and Merve Ünsal. Onur Ceritoğlu & Berk Asal.
Artists from Istanbul, Izmir, and Mardin have come together in Berlin at Apartment Project in July 2016 for a-month long experience of communal living and production. This marks the beginning of a one-year long process called Mist. Aiming for low visibility and high presence, the artists are considering positions, actions, and presence they can take in response to the accelerating trans–geographic state of exception. (more…)
Phantoms of Gezi
Before and even after, many people died, were killed. Wars still have not ended and never will. Martial law, unjustifiable executions, military governments, femicides… Really, what kept us tethered to life during those periods… How were we watching, what were we seeing? What did we see, were we able to see? Or if we couldn’t see, what was blinding us? Maybe we had gotten used to so many things, we had become hardened. Maybe we had become desensitized watching the “live broadcasts” every night. That was probably why we kept flipping channels, allowing other dreams to carry us away. (more…)
ROUND TABLE & WORKSHOP | on the challenges of cultural organizations & artists in Arab countries and Germany
→ Deena Abdelwahed: Tunis/Tunesia
→ Dina Kafafy: Townhouse Gallery, Cairo/Egypt
→ Marwa Helmy: Al Mawred Al Thaqafy, Cairo/Egypt
→ Mohamed Hussein: Freelance artist, designer and curator, Baghdad/Iraq (more…)
This misrepresentation continued in the 2007 New Year exhibition, ‘Everything’s gonna be Alright’. For this show, the forty-two participants used Post-its to cover the texts and images already adhered to the walls, ceiling, and floor for the ‘All About Lies’ exhibition. (more…)
Apartment Project, an art initiative producing contemporary art projects since 1999, presents ‘All About Lies’ bringing together work – paintings, drawings, videos and objects by 60 participants from different disciplines to be exhibited in its 23m2 space. (more…)