FRICTION:

A Series of Videos on Alienation

2006-2011

The starting point of this series of works has been the friction between the artist’s body and the immediate space she lived in during that time. Feeling a strong alienation to the constraints of the space she was working at, she started making her first videos in the office space. The works Swimming Across, Tower-Nest and Nobody is Indispensable are performative videos expressing her fish-out-of-water status in a business plaza. They challenge the construct of reality and disturb the patterns of action implied by the space. She was holding on to her animalistic side and the transformative healing power of expression. 

 

As she went on with her artistic practice, the friction points extended to politics, history, religion, duty, gender roles, social positions in relation to space.

 

Nobody is Indispensable

2006 

3’40” single channel video
Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/10676213

 

Tower-Nest

2007 

3’40” single channel video
Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/10650409

 

The Flow

2007

1’18” single channel video
Vimeo link: 

https://vimeo.com/406763936

The business plaza that the artist used to work at had security check at its entrance. The Flow documents a proposal for an alternative way of communication with the security staff. The artist casts and puts metal fish in her purse for the security staff to see. This act transgresses against the code of behavior imposed by the space and brings another territory into mind; the ocean.

 

Swimming Across I and II

2009 

6’10 and 3’53” two performances for video

Vimeo links: 

https://vimeo.com/11349973 

https://vimeo.com/11350919 

 

Wild Mammals of Turkey

2010 

5’30” single channel video
Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/10718964 

 

Assigning human names to wild animals, Wild Mammals of Turkey attempts a political portrayal of Turkey through the nameless and borderless existence of wild creatures living in Turkey.

 

Story of...

2010

15' three channel video installation

 

How do you live a life when your education is in fantasy and mythology? This work is about living in the periphery while the fantasy and the mythology are formed in an assumed center.

 

 

Chromatophore 

2014 @ Alpha Nova- Kulturwerkstatt & Galerie Futura Berlin

2013 @ Frischzelle Festival Cologne
2011 @ DEPO Istanbul

30’ live audio-visual performance in collaboration with Nora Krahl

Excerpt from 2011 performance vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/55204650

Chromatophore, the collaborative live performance work with German Artist Nora Krahl explores connection and disconnection in relation to the city by creating friction between bodies of sea creatures and the streets of Istanbul.