Collapsing New Buildings

two channel video installation, loop, osb wood panels and wood construction, 2011-2013

First video of ‘Collapsing New Buildings’ installation was produced during the Altonale Festival – artist in residence program in Hamburg in 2011.

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İstanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury Exhibition View, MAXXI Museum, Rome, 2015

Collapsing New Buildings consists of construction wood and a double channel video installation, comprising two films produced in 2011 (Hamburg) and 2013 (Istanbul). The first one shows a construction site hidden behind a wooden fence, with a number of carefully placed holes for the passers-by to be able to view the progress. It is the construction site of an IKEA outlet in Hamburg in the Altona neighborhood, where many people with migrant backgrounds live. It is built in lieu of a 1960s shopping mall abandoned in the 1990s, occupied by artists, and eventually demolished by the government to make place for IKEA.

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İstanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury Exhibition View, MAXXI Museum, Rome, 2015

The second video shows a similar fenced construction site, this time in Istanbul, built within the ‘Taksim Pedestrianization Project’, which initially triggered the Gezi Park movement. This time we see randomly placed holes in the wooden wall panel, made by citizens – whose opinion about the project had never been considered ­­– in order to be able to observe the on-going tunnel construction project. The installation that Öğrenci constructs in the exhibition space, stages a similar setting and invites the viewer to experience the passive act of observing. Collapsing New Buildings opens up a space to reconsider the active roles of the city’s residents that became highly visible throughout the Gezi Park resistance movement in Istanbul. At the same time this active role is contrasted with their pacified, muted observer role in the face of massive transformations of the public sphere.

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İstanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury Exhibition View, MAXXI Museum, Rome, 2015

 

İstanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury, MAXXI Museum, Rome, 2015

De Las Fronteras Biennial, Matamaros, Mexico, 2015
Learned Helplessness, Bergsen&Bergsen, İstanbul, 2014
Cyristal City, Mars, İstanbul, 2011

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exhibition view of De Las Fronteras Biennial, Matamaros, Mexico, 2015

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exhibition view of De Las Fronteras Biennial, Matamaros, Mexico, 2015

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detail image of the installation

 

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video images of ‘Collapsing New Buildings’
Taksim Square, 2013

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İstanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury Exhibition View, MAXXI Museum, Rome, 2015

 

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Exhibition View of Learned Helplessness, Istanbul, 2014