Mobile Project – Buffer Zone | Divided Cities

Mobile Project – Buffer Zone | Divided Cities

Bufferzone, organized in 2013 in collaboration with Uqbar from Berlin and EMAA (European Mediterranean Art Association) from Nicosia, is an experimental workshop and a cultural collaboration project within cultural organizers and artists. Besides offering a mobile experience with the process, involving the dynam- ics of collective living and production, bufferzone aims to contemplate about the concepts of disunity and borders through their various layers.

The participants from Berlin, Istanbul and Nicosia; Hasan Aksaygın, Özgür Demirci, Didem Erk, Gabriele Garavaglia, Anna Heidenhein, Frederic Lezmi, Naomi Henning, Eleni Mouzourou, Erhan Öze, Pick Nick Projects (Panayiotis Michael, Maria Petrides, Alkis Hadjiandreou), Sümer Sayın, Şafak Çatalbaş ve Varsity of Maneuver (Birgit Auf der Lauer & Caspar Pauli) from Berlin, İstanbul and Nicosia aims to approach the bufferzone via conflicted districts, mapping a geography, borders and control mechanisms, studying the concept with its different economic and sociological consequences.

The project aims to approach the notion Buffer Zone in a broader aspect by including political, cultural transitional, divided and gentrification zones besides the conventional meaning understanding of zonal areas to separate controversial groups and nations. Accordingly the project intends to think about these issues together with the artists, researchers and sociologists.

During the first workshop in Istanbul, the participants talked about their practices besides gathering together/come together with historians, researchers and sociologists including Mesut Tufan, Nora Şeni and Orhan Esen, who work on issues as such polarization on urban geography, divided cities, the division on the comprehension/perception of urban public life.

The second workshop was held in Nicosia and the participant artists experienced the both sides of the bufferzone with its geographical, cultural and economical impacts.