2014 | Disobedience Archive ( Park )
Disobedience Archive ( Park )

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April 22–June 15, 2014
SALT Beyoğlu

Curated by Marco Scotini and Andris Brinkmanis
Architectural Setting by Herkes İçin Mimarlık ( Alican İnal, Cansu Cürgen, Emre Gündoğdu, Mervegül Özokçu, Sarper Takkeci, Yelta Köm)

e-flux | "Disobedience Archive (The Park) at SALT Beyoğlu is a work in progress reflecting on international events as they unfold. Divided into several thematic areas: The Playground, The Park, The Street and The Square, ten of the archive’s sections will be presented in İstanbul: “1977 The Italian Exit,” “Protesting Capitalist Globalization,” “Reclaim the Streets,” “Bioresistence and Society of Control,” “Argentina Fabrica Social,” “Disobedience East,” “Disobedience University,” “Gender Politics,” “The Arab Dissent” and lastly “The Park,” which focuses on İstanbul with original contributions by Cem Dinlenmiş, Videoccupy and Herkes için Mimarlık." http://www.e-flux.com/announcements/disobedience-archive-the-park/

Revolution will be televised / Watch it as if you were at “home.”

Disobedience Archive brings a comprehensive map of social conflict and a network of contemporary activism to town [1]. The people of İstanbul recently demonstrated in a formidable struggle to defend Gezi Park and to embrace their right to the city. To propose any display idea for such an archive brings along a certain susceptibility that has no option but to deal with the aftermath of recent local acts of disobedience in İstanbul. In order to provide a unique and presentative display, while avoiding directly referencing the “Park,” our design basis derives from the tension of two notions: individualism and collectivism.

In this instance, “home” refers to the individualization of society and the changing context of acting, revolting and resisting today. While on the other hand, “at a micro scale, capitalist space is drowned under promotional pressure that is continually carried out by all communication means and media (mail, telephone, television, internet), transforming the home into an absolute center of a consumerist culture of the ephemeral. All objects are disposable; they are no longer recycled or repaired by oneself.” [2]

Scotini’s project reveals the power of collectivism and defines a self-positioning against capitalist space and consumerist culture, while documenting and archiving. For this very reason, it is vital to emphasize the power of collectivism both through the display idea of the archive and within the overall process. In the meantime, Architecture for All, by its nature, seizes upon a collective way of thinking and promotes participatory design processes in its activities. For the display of Disobedience Archive at SALT Beyoğlu, Architecture for All concentrates its energy on seeking a compelling design concept, which stresses the dichotomic nature of individualism and collectivism, in other words home and urban space.

We anticipated that this contradiction could be best expressed through the articulation of recycling and constant disposal. Digging through the inventory of SALT, we came up with a proposition to reuse existing furniture and turn the fragments of an idle archive into something fresh. We were attentive to the need to provide soft material for a comfortable environment. This created a home-like atmosphere, which eventually eases the conscious act of video watching.

[1] http://www.disobediencearchive.com
[2] Constantin Petcou and ve Doina Petrescu (http://www.disobediencearchive.com)