DIDEM ERK


Conserve I | Muhafaza I

video installation, 2011
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2012, IFEELIAMEATINGMEMORIES, FASSART Gallery, Istanbul
2015, "Performing Memory" | "Performans Belleği", PLATO SANAT, Istanbul
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video: 8’ 10’’ , 16:9, coloured, sound, loop,
video projection
composition of chewed book pages’
dimensions variable

Chewing book pages and spiting them out contain a form of destruction and reformation at the same time. The books used in the video installation are collected from second hand shops and they are written in Cyrillic and Arabic alphabet. But the name of the books are intentionally obscured and the body of the performer is not visible in the video. I give a readable object an unreadable form and it creates the sense of appreciation of source of knowledge as well as questioning the possibility of a rupture in that knowledge. Conserve1|Muhafaza1 is an attempt to problematize the boundary between language and body. Mouth is filled up with words that are silenced but it is also the most fundamental organ to transform the body into a language by uttering words through the action of tongue, lips and teeth. The video and the installation of masticated pages are complementary components, they appear as abominated parasites. In the work Conserve1, the mouth chews book pages after they are torn from the body of the book. I try to question the possibility of digesting body of knowledge physically and intellectually.

 

 

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