Istanbul, up and down, 2015moving collage12’43 min video loop
excerpt from the video
Istanbul, up and down, 2015"Istanbul up and down" is a collage set in motion that I have realised on the occasion of a residency in Istanbul in 2015. For the residency project I decided to create a walk through the city, using personal photographs from tourists and inhabitants, just as images I had taken myself, during a first visit 2 years before. The gathered image material ranged from IPhone Snapshots to black and white analogue prints, from digital photographs to diapositives from the 70’s. On the one hand each photographic viewpoint was unique, on the other hand some common touristic highlights and stereotype motives reappeared in all archives. Each material had a particular colour palette linked to a certain time and photo technical era. Thus in the video several peoples viewpoints on different parts of the city as well as several temporalities and photo techniques merge into one. To realize the video I reproduced all images as postcard sized prints and reframed their content by the means of cutting out. Loosely stapled on top of each other the fragile photo cut-outs refer to the unstable status of the documented places. Setting the cut outs in motion was a means to reflect this constant processes of deconstruction and new construction to which Istanbul - just as other metropoles - is submitted.