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