For the third episode of this month’s theme Borders, we are pleased to welcome film director Eren Aksu to our live broadcast. Eren Aksu is a filmmaker based in Berlin, whose work has been awarded at numerous international film festivals. During the event, his films titled “Cosmoroma” (8’, 2015) and “Routines” (18′, 2018) will be screened online, and parts from his latest film “Other Than That, I’m Fine” (14′, 2020) will be previewed.
We are pleased to welcome FILM RISS THEATER to our program for the second episode of the theme Borders. FILM RISS THEATER overcomes not only the borders between the genres of theater and film but also geopolitical borders, constantly in the search of an interface between impossibilities. Based on their urge to jump from reality into another dimension, the collective performs juxtaposing layers of physical and digital presence. FILM RISS THEATER refers to their performances as IMPROVISIONEN, which they often stage at Schaubude Berlin.
This week on Chromatic Wednesdays, we are following the valleys of the mountainous region of the South Caucasus and Eastern Anatolia only to discover the everlasting bond and attachment between its people and the cultural heritage that is overflowing across its shared lines. For the first episode of our Borders theme, we are thrilled to welcome the musical embodiment of the region’s intertwined and rich composition — A.G.A. Trio, namely Deniz Mahir Kartal, Mikail Yakut, Arsen Petrosyan from Turkey, Armenia and Georgia respectively. Masterfully playing the three kindred instruments -kaval, duduk, and accordion- A.G.A. Trio creates a harmony that uncovers the melodic amplitude and the vast array of timbres echoing between the passages that bridge the three neighbors. The virtuosos assemble folk tales, love songs of bards, laments for the fallen, respect for nature, and ultimately, the meeting of peoples and their co-existence.
For the last episode of Chromatic Wednesday’s January programme, we are delighted to host artist and poet Bitsy Knox at Apartment Project with a spatio-temporal reading performance. Bitsy and her alternating voice will explore recent prose, looping, distorting and echoing through our project space for an introspective investigation. Inspired by former protagonists who now can be referred to as mere passers-by, the performance is the artist’s search of corporealising the text by using her constitution as a vessel — the irregular reverberations will guide the script to come through her body, flowing and colliding within the rigid space. Read time after time, each sonic manifestation of the text will take on a different character, exploring the way in which meaning leaks from each new voice. Self-actualising for a certain duration, the undulant piece will recede into the distance, chasing the fluttering and buzzing sounds nearby.
For the second episode of Chromatic Wednesdays’ “Pandemic” edition, we host Berlin-based DJ, artist, and activist İpek İpekçioğlu in our studio at Apartment Project for an artist talk and music session. The artist’s mastery in creating distinct choreographies between genres and frequencies is the result of her intrinsic knowledge and complete devotion to electronic music. With abundant rhythms from Anatolia and the Middle East weaved in the DJ’s pulsating sound, İpekçioğlu’s flow conquers its audience in a heartbeat.
Black on Plague is the special pandemic edition of the audiovisual performance series Black on Black. The surprising, archaic, tameless lines of Ceren Oykut, which will this time dive into microcosmos, will be accompanied by FezayaFirar’s live synthesized sound world consisting of drone, noise, glitch, and broken melody elements. The current pandemic has quite unfortunately impacted “Black on Black”, which will appear in this performance with one of its members missing and therefore call themselves “Black on Plague”
Before we leave the infamous year of 2020 behind and also finalize the first month of Chromatic Wednesdays, we host the musician and the artist Devrim CK in our studio in Apartment Project. During our talk and music session, we will delve into the personal experiences of Devrim CK, a member of Siyasiyabend, his past Istanbul time, actions during Gezi Uprising, and migration to Berlin. While discovering his music production and street activism against gentrification, we will trace back the events from the past to today which shaped his creativity.
The second meeting of the Chromatic Wednesdays will host Didem Pekün (filmmaker) and Nil Mutluer (academician). The conversation will briefly outline the recent past and the present of the political repression that has been exerted on the opposition, the academia, and the art scene in Turkey and will present examples of practices of collective solidarity within the country and abroad, (specifically, the ongoing campaign against the three years long imprisonment of Osman Kavala). Pekün and Mutluer will also discuss the impacts of personal and institutional self-censorship on artistic and cultural practices.
The conversation with Barış Seyitvan will focus on the traumatic impacts of state repression in the Kurdish region of Turkey and on the contemporary art practices from the region. He will also focus on his experiences as the director of the Municipality Art Gallery in Diyarbakır, and the closure of the institution in parallel to the recent confiscation of local power by the central government. Seyitvan will conclude with his observations on the current practices from the region and in the diaspora.