REWIND (2018)
two channel video installation and sound
 

REWIND, is comprised of two channels of video, and stereo sound. The videos are projected onto two separate screens, while the sound is played back by a pair of speakers placed on separate ends of the space. The three components of the installation are not in synch, making the work function as an audiovisual piece with an indefinite duration.
 
The videos include static shots of the book Yeni Bir Libya (A New Libya) (which was a documentation of the journalist Kenan Akın's visit to Libya published in 1977) and depictions of bandits, thugs, klephts, bashi-bazouks and hajduks. The only moving sequences are: an excerpt from a Soviet documentary, Ankara, the Heart of Turkey (1934) and shots of moving celluloid film strips as seen through a DIA film viewer.
 
The sound piece is performed by the soprano Idil Kutay. The script contains excerpts from Harun Farocki's What an Editing Room Is (2001) and my own writing. 
 
 

LEFT
Two men fall onto the ground
upon being shot by a group
of soldiers,
Fume leaves their bodies
where the bullets would have
hit them
 
The shooting takes place
in black and white
while the being shot is
shown in color
 
In order to provide an excuse
for staying in the editing
studio for so long *

RIGHT
[singing]
In order to provide an excuse
for staying in the editing
studio for so long
 
The question of images and
sound recorded
separately
and their parallelism
is sensationalized *
 
In order to provide an excuse
for staying in the editing
studio for so long the question
of images and sound recorded
separately and their parallelism
is sensationalized
 
I REWIND
I REWIND
I rewind
I rewind
 
I rewind
 
I REWIND
I REWIND
I rewind

Two men fall onto the ground
upon being shot by a group
of soldiers,
 
Fume leaves their bodies
where the bullets would have
hit them
 
The shooting takes place
in black and white
while the being shot is
shown in color
 
The question of images
and sound recorded separately
and their parallelism is  

[singing]
SENSATIONALIZED

Nobody driving an automobile
would think of getting excited
by the fact that the left wheels
move at the same speed as
those on the right *
 
Nobody driving an automobile
would think of getting excited
by the fact that the left wheels
move at the same speed as
those on the right
 
Nobody driving an automobile
would think of getting excited
by the fact that the left wheels
move at the same speed as
those on the right

 
 
[*] What an Editing Room Is, Harun Farocki (2001)