Author Archives for Göksu Kunak

  • Technicolor

    As a result of being out of words to explain her euphoric state of mind with colors whilst experiencing LSD for an experiment of US army, a beauteous housewife of 1950s utters:   “I wish I could speak in Technicolor!”   When Elephants Come Marching In in de Appel, Amsterdam...
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  • Abandoned Xmas Trees

    Christmas is blinking – about to arrive homes… Every year after Christmas I feel such melancholy and loss because of seeing all those abandoned Christmas trees on the streets of Berlin. Different hues of green, still beautiful, left behind – tears leaking from every single leaf… Exaggerating? Maybe, a little…...
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  • Object to Things

    Yingmei Duan, Rubbish City, 2008   Once a friend had an idea of an exhibition with 1 artist and 20 curators – by shifting the roles. Although, I had no idea how he was planning the structure, I found this idea interesting by thinking that it may open up a...
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  • Waste

    In most of the dystopian films of 60s and 70s, machines were taking over the world, repressing human beings. Now we are in the so-called (post)digital era, surrounded by gadgets. I remember, as a kid in the 90s, it was thrilling to think about having a cable phone with a...
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  • The Nights

    Angelin Preljocaj’s neo-classical piece, The Nights is in the repertoire of Stattsballett Berlin. The spectacle inspired by One Thousand One Nights, depicts Arabian, Persian and Indian folk fairytales. As declared in the website, Preljocaj’s intention is to narrate the stories “from the perspective of the female protagonists”. The costumes by...
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  • Great Expectations

    Virg — Intervention #14, 2007. Digital print, 22 x 31 cm, framed Homo Sapien is the only animal, in the class of mammalia that hunts others without the need, just for a moment of pleasure. Despite being an animal, our relation with other species, our surroundings or our consciousness cannot even try to...
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  • Solitude

    Most of us are living away from home in Berlin, therefore we have visitors, who would bring some smell from our past. Making one wonder: what is home, eventually? Speaking about Berlin,one may face another kind of reality, say, by enjoying exhibitions, parties, working but knowing that the day would...
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  • The Apparatus

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights! A phenomena… Article 13 of this Declaration that the European Union has also signed proclaims: “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.” Well, we all know that works in the world of Alice, not ours....
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  • The Fox and The Stork

    Considering 20th Century art one may easily configure a set of systems leading towards nationalism and colonialism. The provocative book How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art by Serge Guilbaut pinpoints the relation between CIA, the legendary curator of MoMA Alfred Barr and the well known abstract expressionist...
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  • Design Tourism

    Tourists… Maps, having a stupid hat especially for summer; stopping all of a sudden in the middle of the street to take photos… Getting angry to the guide or unnecessary loop of questions about a building is a must. Design Tourism, a collective of designers based in Zagreb, is inspired...
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  • The Art of Demonstrating

    Sectarianism… Pushing the limits by fascist acts! Now regardless of their political views, beliefs, social class or age, people of Istanbul are on the streets; demanding for their rights. The movement is being spread in other cities of Turkey as well as cities like Berlin, Amsterdam, London, NY… But…why? Demonstrations...
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  • From O to B

      Hitchhiking… Trusting to the stranger; a courageous trip to the unknown.  After the sad story of Pippi Bacca, hitchhiking gained a negative place in my mind till I met the blog Angles by Sébastian Dahl and had the opportunity to ask questions to the photographer about this journey. Angles...
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  • Virtuosity

    The beautiful space of Berlin Philarmonie, Kammermusiksaal, hosted a night of performances including the works of Saâdane Afif, Bethan Huws, Christoph Keller, Annika Larsson, Klara Lidén, Olaf Nicolai (feat. Elliot Sharp), Tracey Rose, Tino Sehgal in collaboration with Kammerensemble für Neue Musik Berlin, Truike Van Der Poel and Chor der...
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  • Esprit Libre

    In his tale of Dubliners James Joyce paints a portrait of a man dealing with the problems of isolation.  “Every bond”, that man says, “a bond to sorrow.” (Joyce, 1993, 139) [1] While living the dream of sci-fi movies of 1960s in terms of communication and technology, did we end up...
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  • The Power of Staying Still

    Faye Mullen is a Toronto based artist who resides in Berlin right now for culturia art in residence program.  Some of the keywords that came into my mind whilst trying to learn more about her works were weigh, white, emptiness, covering, enclosing, death drive; patience; duration; silence-sound; presence – absence/appearance...
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  • Body of a Dancer

    The body of the dancer: a fetish object! Although comtemporary dance started to break that wrong notion/understanding of the dancer as ‘the thing to watch for joy’, there are still photos, texts, interviews seeing the dancer as the nymph. The body that glitters, capable of doing the unbelievable; jumps and...
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  • Torn

    Zeynep Kayan is dealing with torn-s/ed feelings, moments and memories. In her works what she felt, thought and experienced can be observed. Nowadays talking about theories mostly helps to understand a work of art. In the case of Kayan’s work,  do what a cliché tells to you nowadays; just be...
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  • Collectives From The City of Public Employees: Ankara/Anakara/Angora vol.1

      Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, has been dealing with cultural (im)migration to Istanbul or other centers of the world, especially to Europe despite the harsch immigration policies and visa procedures of EU. This city is full of talented artists, writers, art historians, thinkers, musicians, act-resses/ors but unfortunately because...
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  • ‘A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Woman’

      Istanbul is the beauty hidden in chaos. The man selling the spices is shouting. Taks und/and tocks of the feverish shoes pass by. It is time to hear the sound of imam that is hidden in the walls of the mosque. Smell of fishes and mosses. Smell of sea. The smell...
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  • Fragmented body

    A body inside a white long box, a rectangular prism stays diagonally in the space. Only parts of it –breast and popo – can be seen. Making one wonder if there is a real body inside or those parts that we see are just silicone. ‘The sculpture’ containing a human body...
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  • Scramble for the Past by FAI

    Future Anectodes, is a graphic design studio, originally founded in London by Aslı Altay and Mary Ikoniadou. Since 2011, Aslı Altay has been running the studio, Future Anectodes Istanbul on one of the uphills of Beyoğlu-İstanbul by herself. Altay’s book project, also named as Future Anectodes, is in the Artist’s...
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  • Les UX

      Paris… The city of 1789, 1848 and 1968; ‘courtesan’s, Salons and cafés where the myth of Bohemian artist emerged. On the streets of this magical city, the characters of Baudelaire − the flaneur, the  dandy, the whore − walked around/trembled as the symbols of modern city dwellers.   Some...
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