Harboring feelings

Onur Ceritoğlu & Merve Ünsal, Harboring Feelings (Floating Narratives), 2017. Public space performance on September 22, 2017, commissioned by City Link Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photos by Abdellah Ihadi.
Onur Ceritoğlu & Merve Ünsal, Harboring Feelings (Floating Narratives), 2017. Public space performance on September 22, 2017, commissioned by City Link Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photos by Abdellah Ihadi.
Onur Ceritoğlu & Merve Ünsal, Harboring Feelings (Floating Narratives), 2017. Public space performance on September 22, 2017, commissioned by City Link Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photos by Abdellah Ihadi.

ON/OFF performed an urban action to reinvigorate a different experience on Sydhavnen waterfront. They built a raft manifesting the industrial heritage of the site and acting as a testing ground for a performative urban action. A critical aspect of the raft was that all the materials were used in a way that did not alter their original state—no glue, no nails. In other words, the materials of the raft were brought together for the duration of the performance and then dismantled the next day to be used again. 

The Floating Narratives raft hosted the performance Harboring Feelings during the City Link Festival. Artists Merve Unsal and Onur Ceritoglu launched the raft with audience members. On the raft, they talked about feelings that they have been harboring, framed within the context of the urban.

The performance was repeated multiple times throughout the allocated two hours. The raft was taken out into the water by one of the two artists with three participants at a time due to safety regulations. No sound or video recordings of the performance was made as the raft was meant to be an ephemeral space of discussion and interaction.