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Oda Projesi
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Members: Seçil Yersel*, Özge Açikkol*, Güneş Savaş*
*: Will be present by the opening.

Oda Projesi

Oda Projesi is an artist collective based in Istanbul, composed of three members, Seçil Yersel, Özge Açıkkol and Güneş Savaş, who turned their collaboration into an art project in 2000. The project members met in 1997 and decided to rent and share an apartment as a studio. Although not intended, the apartment they rented in Galata eventually evolved into a multi-purpose, private and public place. Between 2000-2005 the group worked in the neighbourhood and was invited to many events and projects abroad in the meantime. Due to the gentrification process in the region, the group had to leave their place, so they are now mobile and thinking about the possibilities concerning new places. On each project, Oda Projesi works with different tools and strategies; working with “neighbours” and with people from different disciplines, producing posters, advertisements, stories, postcards, newspapers, broadcasting on a local radio channel, working in a minibus … Istanbul as a city has a great effect on the project and on the tactics the group produces.

Nadin Reschke (*1975, Bernburg an der Saale) works on participative projects concerning questions of social affiliation and structure within our society. Devising processes and situations for communication plays a central role in her work. In doing so she knits together drawings and handicraft techniques such as embroidery with video and audio works, thereby creating a working method based on direct exchange and often amounting to multiple authorship.

Oda Projesi and Nadin Reschke have worked together on several projects since 2004. In 2004, „so far so good“ took place in Istanbul. For 18 months, Nadin Reschke traveled through 14 countries with a tent, continually enhancing and refining it with the help of a whole range of different people whom she met during her journey. In Istanbul, Oda Projesi invited people from their neighbourhood to do embroidery and discuss questions concerning their life together in Galata, their quarter. In 2008, Oda Projesi and Nadin Reschke carried out a collaborative project in Hamburg Wilhelmsburg. A wall was the starting point for „15x75 Hingucken Weggucken“ and gave rise to questions concerning public space and communal life in their quarter. In direct contact with the public and the people on site, they worked in four central locations in Hamburg Wilhelmsdorf and Kirchdorf to find answers to these and other questions. As in the previous projects, the artists aimed at initiating communication processes and conducting growing and shriveling relationships in certain spaces. Micro-phenomena such as neighbourhood disputes came up as well as global topics such as gentrification and its consequences.


Exhibited Project


a Project of Oda Projesi und Nadin Reschke

TONGUE will start in Public Space during Istanbul Off Spaces and go on within the scope of "beyond belonging:translokal" 2009, November 1st till 21st

Tongue is a project about language. What happens if the ordinary form of a language course is borrowed to look at the way language is being used in daily life? Tongue aims to establish diverse tableaux for us and all Participants to discuss the use of language and to teach and to learn from each other. The roles of teachers and students will switch at any time through the period of teaching and learning from the Participants’ hybrid languages. How does language structure our daily interactions? What is the dominant use of language, which kind of words do we choose to use? Language has a power to define spaces of inclusion and exclusion in society.
The focal space of the project is Kreuzberg, an area that we define as a "speech bubble". This "bubble" form can be considered as a meeting point of diverse languages. Instead of taking as a starting point the cliché of a "Tower of Babel" - a place where all languages exists, only separately - Tongue goes beyond this and asks: How can one try to create a new language by taking the daily language of individuals, rather than the language of groups, as a starting point?
Kreuzberg is a mixture of different spaces, it is a space created by its inhabitants. It can be a bricolage or also a possible spatial bubble in the middle of the city. Can we find an equivalent to this created space -Kreuzberg- in the field of language? William S. Burroughs said that "language is a virus from outer space"; in 1986, Laurie Anderson added, "That's why I'd rather hear your name than see your face."


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