This is the first of the online roundtable events of the “A Cup of Tea as an Archive” project that has been curated by Lars Ebert, Mahir Namur, and Nil İlkbaşaran in the framework of Sinopale 8. In this event Mahir Namur hosted the artist Emre Koyuncuoğlu and Aziz Konukman, Büke Onur, Hale Oğuz, Şirin Özbilen, Metin Gürbüz from Sinop who have been involved in her performance “Join Us and Have a Voice” to reflect on their shared experiences.
The event will be held in the Turkish language and the translation will be available as soon as possible.
You can see Emre Koyuncuoglu’s performance in Collecting the Future: Art and Culture in Urban Development, “Join Us and Have a Voice”, in our archives. Click here for “Join Us and Have a Voice, 2011”
For many years archives are hot both as a theme of academic discussion and as a space for the creative and investigative processes of many artists. This is a stark contrast to the traditional image of an archive as a dead place or the stereotypical archivist: a grey specialist with glasses and sleave protectors. Let’s remind ourselves of the two main functions of archives. The first, very practical one, is to keep an organisation, a community or a country running, such as the archive of our tax files. The other function, less urgent, is that of the memory archive.