Imagine Istanbul: how do citizens of Istanbul identify themselves in times of globalization? This question has continuously fascinated and confounded us the past few months. With the theory from art critic; Adriaan van der Staay, 'without feeling, that which artists visualize, there is no identity' we were inspired to look at identity from two perspectives, from that of the creative professional, and the common citizen of Istanbul. This last group we see as singular identities who also work creatively in finding their own way of forming images in a mediascape, the increased spread of mass media images, as well as forming carefully their own identity. In this way we can also divide our research question in two, on the one hand 'how do citizens of Istanbul identify themselves in times of globalization' and on the other hand 'how do creative professionals identify the identity of citizens of Istanbul. How do these creative people point out the underlying aspects of daily life that shapes the identity of the city? In this way we aimed to grasp a kind of mindset or feeling that is not directly visible or understandable in daily life. Each shows its perspective towards the city and tells something about the identity. What does it tell about people in general? To get a full picture of this identity we employed a variety of methods; both digital and non-digital. We documented the daily life in Istanbul; interviewed the regular citizens on the street and did in-depth interviews with professional artists. We also dived into the online Istanbul; the 'mediascape'. For this reason we created a Facebook page (Eye-D) as a research method to get in contact with our subject. Knowing that the world outside acts as a constant mirror for identity, we were curious as to how globalization and the mediascape play a role in constructing it. How can we eventually use the possibilities globalization gave us, designers, to document our story and illustrate it in a way that it comes back to the people in question?
Documentary by: Eline Hesse, Elsje Meijler, Migle Nevieraite, Saar Scheerlings and Nel Verbeke.
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