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THE PATH: A Participatory Public Art Project - Exhibition + Installation + Event Series
9.September 2021 - October 15, 2021
What do we experience in the metropoles of today's world and what do the metropoles experience? Amidst all the flux of migration, gentrification and rapid urban change is the metropole able to contain us and vice versa? What if the paths we take every day start from nowhere and lead nowhere? Is it a togetherness that we experience or is it an 'otherness' with a potential? What are the results, alternatives, solutions and what can art's role be in this process?
THE PATH is a multidisciplinary art project that problematizes the relationship between the metropole and the individual from a queer, feminist point of view. Inspired by the pedestrian bridges over the highways in İstanbul, the participatory public installation at Tempelhofer Feld by Umut Azad Akkel invites the participants to an experience simulating the complex character of our co-existence with / within / despite the metropole.
Similarly, the events designed and planned around the conceptual basis of the installation, that will take place at Tempelhofer Feld and at Oyoun will create an experiential and intellectual hub for analyzing our complex being within / with / despite the metropole. The overall perspective of the series of events will be approaching the theme from multiple views and raising critical questions about all its complexity. The focus will be Berlin and Istanbul as two interrelated metropoles and the flux of migration between the two with its implications and possible historical as well as recent meanings.
We invite you to join our multidisciplinary program from September 9 to October 15. The program includes an exhibition, artist talks, artist walks between Oyoun and Tempelhofer Feld, panel discussions, film screenings, music performances, and art and theater performances - see the events listed below. We look forward to seeing you!
Please note: To take part in events at Oyoun or visit our exhibitions, you need to have a negative corona test from the same day or proof of vaccination / recovery. FFP2 masks are mandatory at Oyoun until further notice. Further information about our hygiene concept can be found here: oyoun.de/hygienekonzept
The Path project was produced by Oyoun in collaboration with Umut Azad Akkel as artistic director and Şehnaz Layıkel as lead curator. It was funded by the Lotto Foundation and UdK KKWV.
THE OPEN CALL // THE OPEN CALL
One music and one performance art show will be selected through an open call.
A music and an art performance become one after the other open call selected.
THE OPENINGS // THE VERNISSAGES
September 09 // 17:00 - 23:00
Vernissage - Oyoun: Artist Talk + Exhibition Opening + DJ performance by Şeyma Gündoğdu aka DJ Belanze
September 11 // 15:00 - 19:30
Vernissage - Tempelhofer Feld: Mini Picnic + DJ performance by Şeyma Gündoğdu aka DJ Belanze
THE INSTALLATION // THE INSTALLATION
September 10 - October 16
Visit the installation at Tempelhofer Feld: Google Maps link
THE EXHIBITION // THE EXHIBITION
September 10 - October 08 // 10:00 am - 18:00 pm
EVENT PROGRAM // FRAMEWORK PROGRAM
Panel Talk: Creating Space in Urban Environment and Exploring Possibilities: A Close Look at Art and Public Space with Şehnaz Layıkel (moderator), Patrizia Bach & Ina Weber | Oyoun
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Panel Talk: The Push and Pull Between The Metropolis and Their Inhabitants - Moods of Living | Experiences, Challenges, Hopes with Yelta Köm (moderator), Asli Duru, Banu Çiçek Tülü, Yaşar Adnan Adanalı | Oyoun
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Panel Talk: Are We Really the “New Wave”: Immigration Between Berlin and Istanbul with Ingo Arend, Banu Karaca, Verena Niepe, Persefoni Myrtsou | On-line
Event info here - Join the discussion on Zoom here
Location at Tempelhofer Feld - view in Google Maps
THE PATH: A participatory public art project
What is the attraction of urban life? How does it feel to live in a city that is constantly expanding and changing? What does this mean for individual existence? What struggles and challenges do the residents see themselves confronted with on a daily basis? How can we shape urban space together from a queer * feminist perspective?
THE PATH uses interdisciplinary artistic forms to present utopian visions as well as dystopian worries. Radically personal perspectives on concepts of urban transformation, gentrification and the associated dynamics of alienation and discrimination are explored against the background of neoliberal politics.
At the same time, it is an autobiographical reflection of the experiences that the artist Umut Azad Akkel had in Istanbul over the years. The existential struggle he experienced led him to the metaphor of “The Path”, which “begins from nowhere and leads nowhere”. With the project, Akkel conceptualizes his critical examination of the city by looking from Berlin to Istanbul. The two cities are closely linked throughout history by three major migratory movements. The latter, the so-called New Wave, includes many young, especially queer people, who came to Berlin from Istanbul due to the political situation in Turkey. “The Path” serves precisely as a platform for solidarity, exchange and urban artistic rethinking. Together, a publicly corresponding space of experience is created that actively involves various communities from the neighborhood.
The series of events offers an extensive program. It includes talks and tours with the artists between Oyoun and the installation, an exhibition, panel discussions, film screenings, concerts, performances and theatrical productions - see full program above.
All events can be attended free of charge. However, due to the Corona regulations, registration is required for each event. More information will come soon.
Please note: The prerequisite for entry to the event is a daily, negative corona test or proof of vaccination / recovery. In the Oyoun there is a mask requirement until further notice. You can find more information about the hygiene concept here: oyoun.de/hygienekonzept
We look forward to seeing you there!
THE PATH is a production by Oyoun in collaboration with Umut Azad Akkel as artistic director and Şehnaz Layıkel as senior curator. It is funded by the Lotto Foundation and the KKWV from the UdK Berlin.