Who Wants to Act Now, or Even See Acting

DEPO / Tutun Deposu Luleci Hendek Caddesi No.12 Tophane Istanbul
16 – 22 June, 2010

Curated by Nazli Gurlek

With video-works by Emanuel Almborg, Ziad Antar, Kalle Brolin, Witte van Hulzen, Mark Leckey, Anna Molska, Raymond Taudin Chabot, Soren Thilo Funder, Charlie Tweed

Special artist’s project in the publication by Ozlem Altin

Written contributions in the publication by Sebastian Cichocki, Isobel Harbison, Suhail Malik, Alexandra Navratil, Onder Ozengi, November Paynter, Sinziana Ravini, Fatos Ustek, Ellen Mara de Wachter, Francesco Ventrella.

DEPO Istanbul presents Who Wants to Act Now, or Even See Acting, a project curated by Nazli Gurlek comprising a screening program of video-works, and an accompanying publication specially edited on this occasion. The screening program will be repeated four times a day between 16-22 June, following a first screening at 19.00 at the opening evening on Tuesday 15 June. The free publication will be available at the Space for the duration of the program.

Taking its title from a renowned phrase by avantegarde cabaret producer Hugo Ball, Who Wants to Act Now, or Even See Acting reflects upon the ways in which the performative is incorporated in a group of international artists’ practices. Nine filmic works, and one print-based project, are brought together in this project for their distinct artistic approach, one that references the performative within the social context, and its incorporation in art as an alternative form of production and critical elaboration. Focusing on emotions underlying human relationships, intrinsic social mechanisms and organizational forms, as ‘live’ acts of things said and done, they look into the ritual, the rehearsed and the immediate gesture, and question the agency of ‘live’ act within cultures from differing perspectives: normal and abnormal behaviour, manipulation and self-organization, as well as the relation between subject and image.

In the publication are featured written contributions by an international group of curators, critics and artists in response to the art works on show, the curator’s introductory text, and a new work by artist Ozlem Altin. Altin’s visual collage exemplifies her highly performative mode of artistic production using found material. Untitled (2010) reveals an associative visual experience on the notion of object-like body.

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