The Sinking of the Göke

The Sinking of the Göke, 2008

Adrien Tirtiaux

Sinopale 2, “The New Order of Things”
Curator: Beral Madra

The script of the performance was something like this: “I drift towards the horizon on board of a cardboard scale model of the Göke, a prestigious Ottoman warship built during the era of Sultan Beyazıt II. The tragicomic sinking will be accompanied by a local orchestra.”

In my work, I am interested in concepts that leave open space for unpredictable aesthetics and narratives. How the Göke would react once in the water, no one could tell. The experiment gave satisfying results though, the boat floated for about six minutes and the orchestra played with a lot of enthusiasm.