Temporary Intervention in Kemeraltı

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Temporary Intervention in Kemeraltı

Not Urban but Artistic Transformation

The project aims at a temporary intervention in Kemeraltı which is an area located in the city center inhabited since old historical times, left partly unused and nearly collapsing. This intervention presents a critical approach to the destructive nature of urban renewal, it targets re-questioning space with an artistic touch in respect to physical, social and economical aspects. As the artists produce the work, space will be the primary material, attention will be drawn to the negative aspects of the space, its socio-economic status, and its run-down and decaying physical conditions will be shown. With this approach, Temporary Intervention in Kemeraltı attempts to highlight the following question: “Can artistic intervention shape space and the city, when almost all areas of the city are indexed on rent and commercialisation?”

This intervention presents a critical approach to the destructive nature of urban renewal, it targets re-questioning ‘space’  with an artistic touch in respect to physical, social and economical aspects. As the artists produce the work, space will be the primary material, attention will be drawn to the negative aspects of the space, its socio-economic status, and its run-down and decaying physical conditions will be shown. With this approach, Temporary Intervention in Kemeraltı attempts to highlight the following question: “Can artistic intervention shape space and the city, when almost all areas of the city are indexed on rent and commercialisation?”

The center of the workshops is in the region of Kemeraltı of İzmir’s Konak district, an area chosen around Salepçioğlu Mosque, neighboring intense commercial activity. The project consists of three stages: The first one is artists meetings-workshops-walks of interaction between the artists and the viewers during workshops-open air exhibition; the second panels and presentations ; and the third stage taking place as an Archive Exhibition in the context of PORTIZMIR3. Along with contemporary artists of various fields who will participate in the project, during the first stage of the project, a conceptual approach will be determined also with the participation of specialized academicians on the city and the region. Then the work process will begin and the works will be exhibited in the project area. In the second stage, panels and presentations will be organized where the artists can talk about their production process, their observation and experiences about the region and where also various city actors will be invited. In the last stage, the artists will reproduce their works for the Archive Exhibition to be organized in the context of PORTIZMIR3.

Geçici Müdahale Platformu / Temporary Intervention Platform 

http://gecicimudahale.org/