DIDEM ERK


follow the alphabet | alfabeyi takip et

video installation, 2011
a pedestal, manual notebook, two flags,
timer and a very small monitor
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exhibition: “IFEELIAMEATINGMEMORIES”, 2012 -
“Sınırlar ve Yörüngeler 12 | Borders and Orbits 12”,
Siemens Sanat, Istanbul, 2012
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video: 14’ 27’’ , 4:3, coloured, sound, loop

Follow the Alphabet is a kind of altering the usual aim and the form the semaphore alphabet is used for. This alphabet is a type of sign language which is used to convey information in a distance through two flags by a signal man. It is the form of an open articulation in case of emergency. Originally, the alphabet starts with the command “follow the alphabet”. By changing the context and keeping the form of the performance, the guide on the screen starts with the sign of “follow the alphabet” but constructs an endless sentence (message) that lasts for fifteen minutes. The timer is set to fifteen minutes before the guide starts. Besides, commands of the alphabet which are drawn in a primary school notebook are settled upon a pedestal with two paper Turkish flags and the egg-shaped metallic gray timer. The guide (kılavuz) performs ‘Our Vow’ (Andımız) which is a common practice of every monday morning in Turkish primary schools before entering the classroom. In common practice, children are repeating the sentences after a selected student on the stage. However, in the video guide suggests a ‘repeat after me’ action to a possible attendant; it is not orally but physically performed.

 

 

Didem Erk FollowTheAlphabet

 

Didem Erk FollowTheAlphabet

 

Didem Erk FollowTheAlphabet

 

Didem Erk FollowTheAlphabet

 

Didem Erk FollowTheAlphabet

 

Didem Erk FollowTheAlphabet