photos by Burak Serin
SOUTH, border oath version
Performance video 35'20''
© Istanbul Queer Art Collective
Performed by Tuna Erdem, Seda Ergul, Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu
Performance video shot by Burak Serin
Original score by Takehisa Kosugi, SOUTH no.3
In the Fluxus performance score “SOUTH no.3”, Takehisa Kosugi asks the performers to turn the word “South” into sounds by pronouncing every syllable and letter in every combination possible. In remaking SOUTH, we replace the word “South” with a specific text: the military oath Turkish soldiers are obliged to take each and every time they start their border watch duty. Our aim is to steer away from the inherent stability of language, toward the unstable, performative, immediate, humorous and playful world of sounds. By doing so, we hope to call into question the inherent stability of physical borders and the conceptual foundations that lie behind our need for them.