…With All The Changes that Loomed Far Behind the Horizon, 2-22 May 2013, MARS, Istanbul, Turkey
Group exhibition, curator: Borga Kantürk
Excerpted from MARS’s press release:
MARS Istanbul will host a process of events; which will present encounters concerning the self existence of the participants and art world that nourish with their experiences and witnesses, for twenty days. The place will be transformed into a space of laboratory where meetings and presentations are held, an office where individual records and archives will be shared and an area that the artists will present their productions that constitute their point of departure; throughout a period of 3 weeks. The reason why this open program was preferred is to establish an expanding space for discussion and to attempt to reinstate the dialogue that diminished within the contemporary art scene, especially among producers.
The primary question that is proposed is; whether it is possible to create a private area where artists can persist in processes of discussion, interpretation and production, referring to the art scene, without the determinacy of mainstream institutions, and where they can be involved in with themselves and with their own initiatives.
Besides the art works to be exhibited, a radio formation, podcast broadcasts, presentations-performances and a short term artist residency program will be held within this period. By this means, it is aimed to create alternative models by emphasizing the fact that the notion of exhibition is not an organization regarding result-oriented displays of completed work and research. The event will specifically focus on questioning the persistence of the process of exhibiting and production, and the different strategies of surplus production, starting from the beginning (date of opening) till the end (date of closing). This stratified structure targets to create a tidal area; a complex and parallel persistence between the completed works in space (the past) and the works to be realized during that process (present).