Köçek PistiResearch and installationIstanbul Design BiennialIstanbul, 2016
The dance floor installed at ALT Art Space’s exhibition space during the Istanbul Design Biennial creates an environment for visitors to engage in dance. Live sets and performances of various DJs and musicians from Istanbul remix Ottoman and Arabesk with today’s sounds, while various video collages explore dance as a form of human self-design through the lens of the historic figure of the köçek (dancer).
There exist a lot of words for ‘dance’ in Turkish. These come as metonymy, ready-made, reimport, and hybrid, mixing Arabic, Persian, or French with Ottoman languages. If they constituted an index, it would refer to a volume of ambiguous performative practices, of temporary spaces and designs in premodern and modern Islamic cultures.If these words constituted a provocation, it would be that between the subject who spins and the subject who rules, between the ‘beast’ and the ‘sovereign’, to borrow from Derrida. In terms of design we ask: What can dance and a dance floor do for and against the beast and the sovereign, for and against the human?
The site turns into a dance floor with music by Ece Özel (22.10.2016), Da Poet (27.10.2016), Kozmonot Osman (03.11.2016), Aslı Köse (10.11.2016), Ali Kuru (17.11.2016).
Installation as part of Istanbul Design Biennial: Are we Human?Curated by Beatriz Colomina and Mark WigleyOctober 22 — December 04, 2016ALT, Istanbul