Thanks to Manifold, about a year and half ago, I became aware of the Sıla Gurbet project, and since then have been closely following some of its productions. Concepts of space, home, migration, belonging, language, harmony, memory, emotion and body form the backbone of the project. Undertaken by Sema Aslan and Seçil Yersel, the project seeks to find an answer to the question of what kind of space a name creates – as an element of identity – in the company of these concepts.
In this episode of Red Thread Issue 5 interviews, Ahmet Ersoy, who contributed to the issue with his text titled “Neo-Ottomanism in the Age of Digital Media”, examines the effects of social isolation, estrangement and de-skilling experienced in the contemporary world and intensified through the pandemic.
In the first in the series of Red Thread Issue 5 interviews we present you with the extensive discussion with the issue editors Jelena Vesić and Vladimir Jerić Vlidi. Run by the artist and Red Thread Editorial Board member Zeyno Pekünlü, the interview covers the current global media context, particular geopolitical positions, and provides the connections with the texts selected for the Red Thread issue 5.
We see a lot of evidence that something like multipolar world is emerging trough these new forms of authoritarianism, which are regional in nature. It’s is a new form of Empire, not one but a multitude of centers, and in that sense has nothing to do with the Cold War politics anymore.
It has been clear for several centuries now that, if we want to understand the world, it is not sufficient to describe it by words: it is necessary to calculate it. So that science has had ever more recurrence to numbers, which are images of thoughts.
Interview with Raja Shehadeh by Meltem Ahıska and Saygun Gökarıksel, January 19, 2019.
Dispossession is a complex term, and we would like to try to break it down to particular fields of operation and use cases. You are among the rare people we know able to simultaneously analyze in depth three of the most prominent domains of the operation of the term – political economy, sociology, and psychoanalysis.
Together with Neşe Ozan, Pelin Demireli and İlhan Sayın, who continue to show solidarity with the people of Sulukule after its demolition, we have discussed working with an impoverished community victim of urban transformation, the needs of the community, its relations to the state, the state’s view of them, and the shared experiences of production.
Hereby we present a conversation where Erdoğan Yıldız, who has been a resident of Istanbul’s Gülsuyu-Gülensu neighborhood for 28 years and a social and political activist in various dissident urban movements, and members of the artist collective Oda Projesi, who took part in the Cultural Agencies project realized in the same neighborhood from 2009-2010, reflect on their common experiences.
Before the 1999 Marmara Earthquake we were individual people undertaking this sort of solidarity efforts. We had several though not major attempts of continuing this exercise of solidarity in the form of an association, foundation or a similar initiative.