Friday, May 24th, 2024
Doors open at 20:30
Live Performance 21:00
Kuloğlu, Kartal Sk. No:3/A, 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Protocinema and SANATORIUM are happy to announce the screening of Zeyno Pekünlü’s video Without A Camera with original soundtrack mix by FitiSound. This artwork was produced for the 39th EVA International and exhibited in Protocinema’s group show Once Upon a Time Inconceivable, in 2021. This showing will take place at Sendika music venue and will be followed by Üzüm Derin Solak DJ set.

Without a Camera recreates the experimental classic Man with a Movie Camera (1929, directed by Dziga Vertov) using 325 YouTube videos shot by humans, machines, and objects. Pekünlü’s video follows the original editing by Elizaveta Svilova, one of the main protagonists of the original movie, while the other protagonists, the camera and the cameraman, are replaced by new recording technologies such as mobile phone cameras, selfie sticks, GoPros, POV cameras, dashboard cameras, EarthCams, built-in computer cameras, drones, and more. Pekünlü’s scene-by-scene recreation of the movie also gives the viewers a chance to reflect on the early twentieth century’s utopia becoming today’s dystopia: hasty urban life, the mechanization of labor, people becoming appendages of the device, and the camera as a machine being unhanded and independent from human manipulation and human gaze.

Sound design and original track of Without a Camera is created by FitiSound, based on his earlier sketches of "sounds for an inexistent movie." FitiSound makes music by playing sequences he has programmed with a collage approach and which are reconstructed each time they are played in a set. The making of the movie and the making of the music correlate in their approaches of sampling, reconstructing, and collage-making, as well as being produced solely on desktop. Pekünlü and FitiSound will create a contemporary movie experience accompanied by a live music mix in which viewers are invited to engage, participate, move their bodies, and dance. The event takes its inspiration from music compositions played over movies by live bands during the silent movie era. It also pays respect to the dozens of other soundtracks created for the original movie ‘Man with a Movie Camera’. Every generation finds another entry point into this film, a way to discuss rapidly evolving digital realities, and this screening event is another take on it.

Zeyno Pekünlü (b. 1980, Izmir) is an artist whose artistic interventions mostly take the form of videos and installations. She is currently running the Istanbul Biennial’s Production and Research Program and the Istanbul Cell of Fellowship for Situated Practice organized by BAK Utrecht. Together with Köken Ergun, Pekünlü is co-founder of KIRIK, an initiative for people and topics in the cracks. She is on the editorial board of Red Thread Journal and also a member of The Institute of Radical Imagination. Scanning a range of issues, from the construction of maleness and femaleness as gender roles to questioning knowledge and its distribution, her works aim to decipher “power” that encompasses the intimate and the social simultaneously. More

FitiSound Unlike electromagnetic waves, sound waves stand out as more selective about the medium they move through. Each atmospheric molecule that fills our lungs carries countless sound vibrations as well as being the messenger of several changes in air pressure. Having started releasing his first tracks with the “dub-like but not quite” vibe in the mid-2000s, FitiSound mixes the loops he programs with synthesizers and drum machines with orchestral and percussive sounds in his live performance, using these molecules that have been vibrating since ancient times to disturb the pressure in our eardrums. Instagram. Soundcloud.

SANATORIUM Established in 2009 as an artist initiative, SANATORIUM has continued its innovative attitude after its transformation into a gallery in 2011 and has hosted many national and international curatorial exhibitions in cooperation with various institutions, artists and curators. SANATORIUM focuses on projects that center on critical thinking and experimentation, that are capable of presenting a new aesthetics and contribute intellectually to the artistic scenery. Sanatorium.com

Protocinema is an itinerant cross-cultural art organization that commissions and presents site-aware art around the world. Our purpose is to support dialogue between cultures on equal footing and create opportunities for creative expression. Protocinema works towards an understanding of difference across regions through its exhibitions, commissions, public programs, screening tours, mentorship and Protodispatch, monthly digital publication, was founded in 2011 by Mari Spirito. Protocinema.org

For more information:

SANATORIUM Ekin Bayraktaroğlu, ekinb@sanatorium.com.tr T +90 (212) 293 67 17
Protocinema Mari Spirito, mari@protocinema.org T +1916 660 73 32