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Functioning as an international collective since 2000, xurban_collective has members located in Izmir, Istanbul, Linz and New York City. Core members of the Group are Guven İncirlioğlu and Hakan Topal, whose transatlantic collaborations take the form of media projects and Installations. Xurban_collective’s mission is to instigate the questioning, examination, and discussion of contemporary politics, theory, and ideology, and their unique intercontinental perspective is well served to provoke a consideration of these issues. Documentary photography, video, and text are often combined in an effort to render visible the multiplicity of informative layers inherent in the subjects or situations explored.
Proposed, but not Engaged
From: xurban_collective, 2009
In February 2009, xurban_collective made a project proposal to Liam
Gillick, the British artist to realize Germany’s national participation
at the International Venice Biennial this year. Xurban’s proposed
extension was to be realized at the periphery of the German Pavilion
in Venice’s Giardini during the biennial starting in June. The
intention was to apply a landscaping project for the pavilion by temporarily
transforming the immediate vicinity. Flowers and plants were to be carried
over from Anatolia, and a scheme of fortification for the pavilion was
to be augmented, referring to the long-standing issues of borders, exclusion
and hybridization that involve the Turks and the EU. Xurban team had
personally carried out exchange of ideas and fruitful discussions with
the artist himself, and even though it had no intention to intercept
Liam’s Installation but only intended to act as his gardener,
for various reasons not all clear to us, the proposal was not accepted.
So, xurban_collective set up a new classification for this piece in
progress and its documentation as “Proposed but not Engaged”.