Dear Friends, Family, and Phantoms Fans
It’s been a long while since we’ve given you an update on what we’re up to at the Mere Phantoms Studio. At the moment we’re packing our bags for a trip abroad; and a journey home. We’re very excited to share the news with you that Mere Phantoms has been invited to produce an interactive shadow installation for this year’s Istanbul Biennial, scheduled to open on Saturday September 14.
As some of you know, the work we’ve been creating in the last few years is about coming up with ways to express collective visions. We are going to Istanbul with paper and light to create a space where we can express our desires, frustrations, visions, sorrow, joy, outrage, hopes and plans together.
For the 13th Istanbul Biennial, we will be creating an interactive shadow installation along side a series of public workshops. Come out and Play (2013) takes its cue from the protests and political events that have been taking place in Istanbul since the summer of 2013. Amongst protestors, the sense of community that has flourished in the course of these events points to the power of communication, improvisation, humor and play as tools for political dissent. The word was infamously used in one of Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdoğan’s election-campaign slogans: ‘Oyuna Gelme’, which is a Turkish idiom that means ‘don’t partake in the game/ploy, don’t let yourself be tricked’, but literally translates as ‘don’t come to play’. The prime minister employed the phrase to give the underlying message: ‘the protests taking place across the country are a Western conspiracy against sovereign Turkey, so don’t be fooled’.
The title of this artwork functions as a reverse call: do come out and play!
We invite you to come out and play with us as we travel to Istanbul. Over the next two weeks Maya will be updating this space with voices from Istanbul, presenting work, ideas, outrage, opinions, projects by artists working in Istanbul.
A big thanks goes out to Christian Carriere for creating an original composition for this installation.