Hacked Me in Intimacy

5 September 2013 - 5 October 2013

Exhibition Opening: 5 September 6.30pm
Music Performance by Korhan Erel (Computer/Controllers) 7.30pm

Artists | Ali Alışır | Güneş Çınar | Özgür Demirci | Korhan Erel | Nur Gürel |
Ahmet Can Mocan | Julie Upmeyer
Curator | Ceren Turan

The exhibition titled “Hacked Me in Intimacy” focuses on the ideas of compromise, submission, and conformity, linked to the people’s struggles with the discourse of current systems. These systems constitute an imposition on society, media and social networks, the monitoring systems of the city, cultural and economic discourses and the hierarchical order in art industries which all impact the tiny details of everyday life. Regarding the prism of subject-city-discourse, the concept of this exhibition indicates the artists’ everyday experience as both city dwellers and people who work for cultural industries. These are their personal and emotional interpretations of what remains of their daily experience in today’s Istanbul.

When the idiom of ‘hacking’, which in Turkish is used in its original form, is discussed along with “intimacy”, the act of unauthorised entry is transformed into voluntarily acceptance, which with it comes conformity. According to another Turkish use of ‘hacking’, which refers being indexed on a system’s cards, the only way left for artists to perform their courses of action and beliefs is to align themselves with the discourse; or risk threatening the general benefits of society. Meanwhile, the slight potential of resistance and rebellion lay in the reaction itself, which is conducted by either negative (crisis) or positive (development) thoughts on the common ‘change’ which is in the centre of the dynamics of modern societies. Therefore, the idea that hacking emerges along with a willing intimacy means that individuals will fall into voluntary submission in order to be a part of the system, yet their resistance will determine the balance in power within the very same discourse.

People’s daily experiences in the city leave behind virtual traces, which create a simulated reality where physical facts are transferred to the virtual platform of social networks. People’s separation from the essence of being is caused by culture’s conquest of nature, which represents a high level of social development. Today’s urban lifestyle can never be without technology, people chase whatever is new and on. This is the cause of people’s disconnection with nature and a continuously growing emptiness within the individual. The subjects of the creative industries are the city dwellers themselves, left alone in the city crowd, experiencing the congestion of a virtual prison which controls physical and mental creativeness, losing the state of belonging to the very city which is nourished by the perception of body and space.

*We thank Ebru Aytog kindly for her support in graphic design.

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