Project: Modalities of the Spontaneous Series, Places of Memory Exhibition in Pavilion of Turkey in Venice Bienalle
Location: Venice, Italy
Date: June 2014
Design: Alper Derinboğaz
Derinbogaz’s reliefs are exhibited in Venice Biennale 2014, curated by Rem Koolhaas in the Pavilion of Turkey as a part of Places of Memory Exhibition. These series produce three different types of cartographies in correlation. They propose specific readings of the urban history, today’s spontaneous fragments and they also speculate on future scenarios.
Excerpt from Places of Memory (Istanbul: İKSV, 2014)
“Levent is a very ambiguous and recently shaped urban fragment of the city. It is very hard to understand what’s exactly happening there since there is no real planning process like we know… In relation to this, I looked at process patterns to understand these intricate moments… I am trying to trace what was happening underneath this current fragmented situation by tracing today’s notions to the past. There are various layers that have caused different situations which range from topography to social values or political maneuvers—and which cause a lot of things to transform. As you are following these tracks you don’t even need to mention the actors, like architects, politicians, urban planners and so on. You can shift your perspective and look at what lies behind them, focus on the static data like topography, infrastructure and other things shaping this dynamic city. Bringing the same factors together, the city becomes the actor itself.”