DIDEM ERK


The Last Page

installation, 2016
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mixed media
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courtesy of the artist

I try to investigate the possibilities of altering different spaces to studio. Library =studio, city =studio, exhibition space=studio, exhibition space= reading-imagining room, these kind of variations give me the freedom to create transitory working spaces. In my recent works, the act of reading- listening or laboring is some of the aspects of the whole configuration. For, I have different book projects on printed matter, which can disseminate and work as a component of an installation=library, that is entitled "The Last Page". I consider the totality of this work as an organism that lives in a single body. Every new book created adds a limb to this organism, and so it will continue to grow. It is compilation of last pages of books from different genres of literature. It is something impossible to complete but always ready to present itself in its specific stage. The last pages will always be added to The Book, so there will be no last page. Every component is separable but they are the piece of just One Book when they are added together. It is all existing and living memory of literature and rhetoric of the world. All the encounter of different books in a single body would be an allegory in the realm of thoughts. It is an ever-expanding memory, and it is time-based by nature – without the last page- It is a proposal of a nonexistent and existing book at the same time. The Last Page is going to be transformed to a library that organizes a sort of perpetual and indefinite accumulation of time and literature in a mobile place. It suggests a different mode of reading and experience in non-linear order of pages and narrative as if it is an unraveling a mode of stream of consciousness. It recalls the project of Stephane Mallarmé's utopian enterprise from the 19th century Le Livre text architecture that would reveal all existing relations between everything. The Book's contradictory status as both impossible to realize (as a book) and fully realized (as a conceptual work). I consider this project as poetic investigation and forms of exhibition space as something living.

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