SiS – In die Blinking of a bird

SiS – In die Blinking of a bird

In the blink of a bird 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. Current contributors are Ali Miharbi, Artıkişler Collective, Emre Birismen, Atalay Yeni, Azra Deniz Okyay, Bengi Güldoğan, Burak Delier, Ceren Oykut, Didem Erk, Emine Ekinci, Ezgi Kılıçaslan, Florian Wüst, Göksu Kunak, Gülsün Karamustafa, Güneş Terkol, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, İrem Tok, İz Öztat, Julia Lazarus, Komet, Lara Ögel, Mehtap Baydu, Merve Kılıçer, Nihan Somay, , Özgür Erkök Moroder, Özlem Şimşek, pad.ma, Sasha Povzner, Sevim Sancaktar, Suat Öğüt, Sümer Sayın, Yasemin Özcan & Sena Başöz.

In the Blink of A Bird is a process-based exhibition about Freedom of speech. The title “in the blink of bird” is driven from the phrase “in the blink of an eye” which is used for a rapid change that is almost impossible to detect. The working group that organizes In the Blink of A Bird are a number of artists with a motivation to produce collective work and to explore indirect forms of expression in a time of serious political oppression (in the speci c geography which we are either from or currently based in, Turkey). The political polarization and the state violence escalated in
a pace that came as a shock to the intellectual community of Turkey. During the preparation period of the rst exhibition we have realized in DEPO, İstanbul we discussed about the notion of political assembly along with the problem of free speech. One of the texts that we have looked into was Conference of Birds by Feridüddin Attar. It is about all species of birds discussing about getting organized to go to Simurgh. This text had been an inspiration in terms of incorpo- rating notions of political assembly, free speech and collectivity. Therefore the title of the project is In the Blink of A Bird.

The backbone of the exhibition is a text-based performance. In the performance we see a group of people gathered to deal with a number of “papers” that they receive.

The papers are either personal/of cial letters
or artworks from the exhibition. The signi cant shared characteristic of papers is that none of them demand any action or ask for opinions but they declare an event or condition. The main question is how to assemble or what kind of
an action to take collectively at a time during which we are solely informed about political regulations rather than taking part and being democratically involved in the legislative pro- cedures. We explored the notion of freedom of expression speci cally when we are asked not to express but to follow regulations.

Other than the performance the exhibition has two parts: Incoming Papers and HisTV. We have chosen printing and video formats (inspired by printed media and television broadcasting) since they have been tools of communication through which the free speech is publicly practiced. In these sections the means of production (printing tools, video equipment) will be available to the artists throughout the timespan of the exhibition and the artworks will be produced while the exhibition is going on inside exhibition space.