Taking Site


Mit Texten von  Nancy Atakan, Chlo√ę Bass, Lena Br√ľggemann, Hannah Sieben, Ňěefik √Ėzcan, Burcu Vjunk, Mi You

Herausgegeben durch  Lena Br√ľggemann, Hannah Sieben

59,4 √ó 84 cm, gefaltet 21 √ó 14,8 cm


2013/14, D21 Kunstraum


Gestaltung  Jan Blessing und Constanze Hein

Welche Rolle spielt der Ort im Zeitalter des Internets und zuneh¬≠men¬≠der Mobilit√§t? Das Projekt Taking Site! unter¬≠such¬≠te dies im Fr√ľhling 2013 kurz vor dem Beginn der Gezi-Proteste in einem Workshops im Istanbuler Kunstraum 5533. F√ľr Besucher:innen des D21 Kunstraums in Leipzig war der Workshop mit¬≠tels Livestream und Chat zug√§ng¬≠lich. Als Expert:innen f√ľr noma¬≠di¬≠sche Lebens- und Arbeitsbedingungen teil¬≠ten K√ľnstler:innen und Kurator:innen aus T√ľrkei, Deutschland, China, USA und Russland ihre Erfahrungen mit Migration, Tourismus und (poli¬≠ti¬≠scher) Partizpation vor Ort.

Die Publikation bringt die inten¬≠si¬≠ven Diskussionen um die k√ľnst¬≠le¬≠ri¬≠schen, phi¬≠lo¬≠so¬≠phi¬≠schen, per¬≠for¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠ven, sozia¬≠len und poli¬≠ti¬≠schen Aspekte des Ortes zusam¬≠men. Im Format einer asso¬≠zia¬≠ti¬≠ven Landkarte ergibt sich ein √úberblick √ľber die ver¬≠kn√ľpf¬≠ten Orte und die Vielzahl der Diskussionsstr√§nge. Erg√§nzt wird sie durch eigen¬≠st√§n¬≠di¬≠ge, lose Seiten, die von den Teilnehmer:innen f√ľr die Publikation ange¬≠fer¬≠tigt wurden.

How to start? We deci¬≠ded to start having a tea. At the first get-tog¬≠e¬≠ther of all par¬≠ti¬≠ci¬≠pants of the pro¬≠ject ‚ÄúTaking Site!‚ÄĚ, rea¬≠li¬≠sed at 5533 art space Istanbul and D21 art space Leipzig bet¬≠ween April 21 and May 04, 2013, Chloe Bass invi¬≠ted us to be part of her per¬≠for¬≠mance ‚ÄúTea will be ser¬≠ved‚ÄĚ. The tea was ser¬≠ved by the local tea man next to 5533 ‚ÄĒ as it was for the next two weeks. We had to cou¬≠p¬≠le in pairs and have a spon¬≠ta¬≠ne¬≠ous con¬≠ver¬≠sa¬≠ti¬≠on about our dai¬≠ly rou¬≠ti¬≠nes while drin¬≠king tea. This inti¬≠ma¬≠te form of dia¬≠lo¬≠gue was the start of two inten¬≠si¬≠ve weeks of dis¬≠cus¬≠sions, see¬≠king for the poten¬≠ti¬≠al and pro¬≠blems of site and site-spe¬≠ci¬≠fi¬≠ci¬≠ty nowa¬≠days. 5533 and D21 were con¬≠nec¬≠ted via live¬≠stream, audi¬≠ence in both pla¬≠ces could fol¬≠low the dis¬≠cus¬≠sions and get in dia¬≠lo¬≠gue via chat-messages and explo¬≠re the gro¬≠wing archi¬≠ve about the dif¬≠fe¬≠rent aspects of site and site spe¬≠ci¬≠fic art.

The mea­ning of the term site-spe­ci­fi­ci­ty has chan­ged essen­ti­al­ly wit­hin the last deca­des. What is the rele­van­ce and func­tion of site in a media­ti­zed and glo­ba­li­zed world? And how do phy­si­cal pla­ces remain important as mee­ting pla­ces and con­sti­tu­ti­ve sites of poli­ti­cal identity?

While eco­no­mic, geo­po­li­ti­cal and cul­tu­ral uphea­vals cau­se an incre­a­sing mobi­li­ty and for­ce migra­ti­on, our con­cepts of poli­ti­cal iden­ti­ty are still bound to site, socie­ty and nati­on. Touristic mobi­li­ty relea­ses us from the rights and duties of a govern­men­tal poli­ty. This deter­ri­to­ria­li­sa­ti­on has inde­ed libe­ra­ting effects. The limi­ta­ti­ons of an iden­ti­ty, which is deter­mi­ned and nor­ma­li­sed by a site, can be repla­ced by the pro­duc­tion of mul­ti­ple iden­ti­ties, fle­xi­ble bonds and mea­nings. But the sta­tus as a poli­ti­cal sub­ject vanis­hes likewise.

So how can we enga¬≠ge with a site? What are the dif¬≠fe¬≠rent know¬≠ledge bases and approa¬≠ches of citi¬≠zens, tou¬≠rists, migrants, artists? Is it pos¬≠si¬≠ble to com¬≠bi¬≠ne them? As experts working in noma¬≠dic con¬≠di¬≠ti¬≠ons, we invi¬≠ted artists and cura¬≠tors from Turkey, Germany, China, USA and Russia to share and exchan¬≠ge expe¬≠ri¬≠en¬≠ces with site and site-spe¬≠ci¬≠fi¬≠ci¬≠ty. In a seri¬≠es of dis¬≠cus¬≠sions, they pre¬≠sen¬≠ted their rela¬≠ted ide¬≠as, work and rese¬≠arch about the topic ‚Äď invol¬≠ving artis¬≠tic, social, poli¬≠ti¬≠cal, thea¬≠tri¬≠cal, per¬≠for¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠ve, phi¬≠lo¬≠so¬≠phi¬≠cal and ethi¬≠cal aspects.

In the con¬≠flict bet¬≠ween mobi¬≠li¬≠ty and poli¬≠ti¬≠cal iden¬≠ti¬≠ty, the phy¬≠si¬≠cal pre¬≠sence gets high¬≠ly rele¬≠vant again ‚Äď the assem¬≠bly of peop¬≠le on site. The recent pro¬≠test move¬≠ments com¬≠bi¬≠ne the claims by the assem¬≠bled bodies with an inten¬≠se use of media-sites. Through the pos¬≠si¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ty to fol¬≠low the pro¬≠cee¬≠dings on site in ¬Ľreal time¬ę, an affec¬≠ti¬≠ve reso¬≠nance is enhan¬≠ced, that draws more and more peop¬≠le to the site. And alt¬≠hough social net¬≠works, the crea¬≠ti¬≠on of com¬≠mu¬≠nities in the inter¬≠net and the search for iden¬≠ti¬≠ty in the abs¬≠tract space is said to be a cha¬≠rac¬≠te¬≠ris¬≠tic of the pre¬≠sent, the body is still poli¬≠ti¬≠cal in this incre¬≠a¬≠sing digi¬≠tal world. Various uphea¬≠vals around Europe streng¬≠t¬≠hen the ques¬≠ti¬≠on about the func¬≠tion of phy¬≠si¬≠cal¬≠ly occu¬≠p¬≠ied pla¬≠ces. The Gezi Park move¬≠ment at Taksim squa¬≠re in Istanbul, begin¬≠ning May 2013, short¬≠ly after our pro¬≠ject finis¬≠hed, was part of these.

How did we end ‚Äď as a pro¬≠ject cal¬≠led ‚ÄĚTaking Site!‚ÄĚ? The con¬≠nec¬≠tion of the two art spaces in the two coun¬≠tries via live¬≠stream ques¬≠tio¬≠ned spea¬≠king about site-spe¬≠ci¬≠fi¬≠ci¬≠ty at the same time, and crea¬≠ted a hybrid site in bet¬≠ween, which was ques¬≠tio¬≠ned by the par¬≠ti¬≠ci¬≠pants after a while. In the end, we deci¬≠ded to ack¬≠now¬≠ledge this hybrid media-site as the place of enga¬≠ge¬≠ment and to make a final pre¬≠sen¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠on in a show-for¬≠mat, fore¬≠groun¬≠ding the live¬≠stream situa¬≠ti¬≠on and empha¬≠si¬≠ze it as the site of action.

This publi­ca­ti­on aims to give pre­sence to parts of the dia­lo­gues and shared expe­ri­en­ces, and to crea­te a basis for an exten­ded dis­cus­sion, apart from the acce­le­ra­ti­on and ephe­me­ra­li­ty of real-time- digi­tal communication.

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