Exhibition as part of Istanbul Design Biennial: Are we Human?
Curated by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley
October 22 — December 04, 2016
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?
Exhibition becomes 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)