Sweeping Walk: Phaselis, Necropolis

Performance

Performance video 14'41''

2014

© Istanbul Queer Art Collective

Performed by Tuna Erdem

Shot and Edited by Burak Serin

Sound Recording by Seda Ergul

Photographs by Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu

Original score by Nam June Paik, Dragging Suite, 1963

Special thanks to Evren Paydak

Exhibited at British Council Turkey's online exhibition platform Museum without Walls, as a part of "Dancing with Witches"

"Dancing with Witches" is curated by Mine Kaplangı

photos by Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu

"Tourism is sin and travel on foot virtue"

Werner Herzog, Minnesota Delegation, 1999

The "Sweeping Walk" series are all about sweeping in its various meanings. They are placed in spaces that are about to be swept away by the wave of vicious urban development and global tourism: Gezi Park which is only still standing due to the Occupy Gezi movement, Istiklal Street that has already been an enormous construction site crawling with police, being reconstructed and made safe for tourists, since a year before Gezi uprising and Phaselis that has managed to survive the Persian, the Roman even the bee invasion in its 2500 year life span, will not withstand the invasion of global tourist, is under the treat of being opened to the construction of hotel chains. The Sweeping Walk performances aim to sweep, that is, " to trace or describe the locus or extent of" this impeding disaster, lest they should be "swept under the rug". Each performance sweeps, that is "covers the entire image of" these precarious places and the performance contains the sweeping of the performer's footsteps, that is a symbolic act of the wish to sweep the carbon footprints, that "the now" is leaving on the "here". 

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