Images from Arzu’s press release for “Relief valve,”on exhibit at the George Jones Memorial Farm in Oberlin from May 28-June 2.
THE ENDURANCE PERFORMANCE: DAY FIVE
9:52 a.m.; 3:19 p.m.; 5:26 p.m.
Arzu and I exchange emails. I don’t know if it’s a good idea to give you play-by-play commentary about today’s discussions. I suspect you may soon be grateful for my omissions, which I hope don’t frustrate you too much right now.
Arzu went to Home Depot today for “supplies,” although she didn’t say for what. Arzu rarely provides direct answers to my questions, only clues. I’m fairly certain she doesn’t have the time. Maybe she doesn’t want to. Arzu strikes me as a doer, not someone who talks about doing. Besides, what’s it like to be inundated with questions while you’re in the middle of creating something? The sound of a ringing phone feels like an electric shock when I’m writing. That said, perhaps my concerns about being too intrusive have made me a passive, overly self-reflexive commentator.
Today is Mother’s Day and I have several mothers. I am busy, too.
Arzu’s latest email confirms something I’ve thought for several days now: She juggles multiple roles and projects with enviable equanimity. Monday is the start of Finals Week at Oberlin College, where she teaches “Design as Social Process” and “New Media Practices” and is currently dealing with art students in the throes of year-end deadlines. There are classes, office hours and Detour. Plus she’s curating an exhibition that opens in two weeks. Here’s an excerpt from the press release she sent:
Subap, 13 Türk sanatçının, ulusal ve uluslararası çevre ve çevre politikalarına cevaben ürettiği sanat eserlerinden oluşan bir sergi. Sanatçıların, fotoğraf, kısa video, performans ve yerleştirme gibi medyaları kullanarak küresel ısınma, çevre kirliliği, doğal tahribat, çölleşme ve genetiği değiştirilmiş gıdalar konularını ele alan çalışmalarını sunacakları sergi, 28 Mayıs – 2 Haziran tarihleri arasında George Jones Hatıra Çifliği’nde ziyaret edilebilir.
I’m intrigued by the Turkish alphabet (29 letters). I also want to know what these words sound like. Here’s the English version (slightly edited for length)
|Relief valve: An exhibition of the work of thirteen artists whose work addresses environmental issues. Using a variety of media from photography and video to performance and installation, the selected art works provide insights into land use, biodiversity and the recent controversy over genetically modified foods in Turkey.
May 28- June 2, 2010
For info: 440-775-8181
Yeni Anıt, Nazan Azeri, Burçak Bingol, Genco Gülan, Güneli Gün, Erhan Muratoğlu, Suat Öğüt, Ethem Özgüven, İz Öztat & Dikaran
Taş, A. Tufan Palalı, Mark Slankard, Eden Ünlüata
Tomorrow: Arzu’s first performance rehearsal at SPACES!