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Performing the City: Imagining Istanbul - Serap Erincin (Cities: CitySpace)

When Apr 21, 2016
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art
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Serap Erincin

Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Penn State

Performing the City: Imagining Istanbul

Gezi Park protests emerged as an act of environmentalist activism with the goal of protecting a littlepark in Taksim square, the center of Istanbul – the heartbeat of Turkey. Gezi quickly became part of bigger environmentalist and social movements, e.g. often also referred to as Occupy Gezi. In addition to oppressive police action and silent mainstream media, Gezi was marked by creative humor embodied in memes and performatives in graffiti and cartoons all over the city. Here I discuss the role of art in environmentalist protest. This talk also considers how apparitions of Istanbul as a character in various artistic forms, e.g. in Nobel Prize recipient Orhan Pamuk’s novels, international plays, Cannes’ Palme D’or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s movies, Nazim Hikmet’s poetry contributes to imagining the city and its inhabitants.