Condition Room

Having departed from the complicated context of present-day Turkey, we observe that our conditions of living and working in Berlin constantly overlap and interact. We inspire each others’ oscillating stories; we resist forgetting while we also consciously strive to forget. We persist in our own memories; we are claiming our own words to constitute our own histories. The spatial structuring of the Condition Room functions not only as a setting for artworks but also as a nest, a cocoon, a home, a grotto where you protect, maintain, rejuvenate and produce yourself. The scaffolding used in the exhibition echoes the sense of constructional temporariness that marks the process of adapting to the city of Berlin. Telescopic volumes of rectangular prisms create a room for the panel discussions.

Berk Asal, Onur Ceritoğlu, Ece Gökalp, Melih Sarıgöl, Özlem Sarıyıldız, Sümer Sayın, Ceren Oykut,
His TV-  Emre Birişmen, Selda Asal, Devrim CK, Gözde Güngör, Merey Şenocak, Seçil Yersel
Kanal82- Nino Klingler, Zeynep Tuna

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Situational Dictionary :NOW

Ceren Oykut / Mustafa Pancar / Özlem Sarıyıldız  / Lerna Babikyan / Ece Gökalp / Ezgi Kılınçaslan

It seems like we are supposed to be living in the here and now, but situations can suddenly change. The here becomes impossible, and the now becomes a transitory state between past and future. Often these abrupt changes are triggered by uncontrollable external events. Life plans get shaken up and social connections become scattered. There becomes the new here, and having to deal with the discomfort of being thrown into new situations becomes unavoidable. New sets of implications emerge with new rules and requirements. And then, on fragile foundations, with unforeseeable futures, we start again. There is no other option. Due to the past few years of turmoil in Turkey, an increasing number of intellectuals, artists, and cultural workers have been leaving their homeland to head for Berlin.

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Ece Gökalp – The Words are Insufficient

This project chases a woman who had neither a very long nor a very deep life. Nazifya Akarsu, died at the age of 35, and left 8 children behind. Her still-living 5 children don’t have much memory about her, and she couldn’t leave too much behind. The only information about her is as following: She is the daughter of a migrant family coming from Kosovo to Turkey in 1923. (more…)