This performative act of walking was based my own psychological reflection, specifically my obsessive ways of doing and being whenever I arrive at a new place - I undergoe an approach that is rather a command to myself:
“Protect everything from everything else”.
I question the possibilities of dissolution for this conditioned approach through the movement of the body, time and the relationship between the two materials I use - plastic and water.
While walking in three different areas of Istanbul (that I can barely tolerate), I examine my contradictory features through the interrelation of water and plastic bag. These features express the struggle of what wants to come out versus what cannot come out. Eg. regenerative materials of life; reproductive liquids of all kinds, creative ideas...
This advances the questioning and the
search for possibilities of internal regulation by revealing the layered relationship maps of an individual's complex interactions with oneself and others.
This installation derived from the performance video of the same name, in which I walk through the streets of the city carrying a plastic bag filled with water. Saying, “I put water in a plastic bag, a material that it can shape, seep through, or find creative escape routes, and expose the relationship between them, as well as my relationship to them, through movement and time as I walk,” I deal with the relationship between water and the human body as a creative process or the birth of ideas in my performance and installation.
The work feeds itself from these connections I make: water and the human body; eg. Regenerative materials of life; reproductive liquids of all kinds, the fluidity of creative ideas, ideas becoming; coming to existence as opposed to being confined within the absolute protection of the cognitive mind as well as the transition from thinking to creating—what are the underlying qualities during this transition, of this becoming?
In this work, which is based on the contrast between the fluidity, movement and fertility of ideas in the body and the constraints of the cognitive and deterministic structure of the mind, I produced a transparent seesaw to see what can happen when the mind and body are placed in a balance mechanism.
TO PROTECT EVERYTHING FROM EVERYTHING ELSE 2020