Images from Sönmez’s final proposition for an interdisciplinary reading, Water Reverie, cling to the “neck” of the Bosphorus, which then surge forth to invade our screens.
An essay on the opsigns and sonsigns in Ali Kazma’s videos.
“You cannot talk about death in the storm
Because death also adds its essence to the storm
What are we doing here waiting like this?
Did we win or did we lose?
A small bird, aloft
Drags our shadows along continuously
And already we’ve somehow unloosened our boats.”
Edip Cansever, Water Reverie, Part IV
One can live in time but that would amount to existing in a frozen, static, dormant past.
The conversation below, available online on YouTube here in Turkish, was edited for clarity.
All systems, identifications, inventory records and habitudes that got desynchronized in the world of 2021, induce a harmonious chaos on loop, as seen in ten video works selected from the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection.
This series of Close Readings emerged from a deficiency I observed both in contemporary art criticism and in my own writing practice: Although exhibition criticism, interviews, and monographic artist texts are produced regularly, focusing on a single work, interpreting, and analyzing that one work is a form we encounter less often.
“I see stares all day long, sundry stares” 1
Bakmalar Denizi, Edip Cansever
Frank Thiel is a German photographer who was born in the 1960s, in Kleinmachnow near Berlin, where he moved in the late 1980s to study photography.
The neon text-image-sculpture of Sarkis, The Light of Darkness (2010) featured in the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, diffuses a persistent light that embodies dependence, independence, immunity, consecution and, commitment.
Borusan Contemporary is closed for visits due to health precautions.