2010, Performance documentation video + Installation
Bird’s Eye View, firstly, is a series of street performances that I realized on the streets of Linz, Austria with a carpet. I am working on an installation with the documentation of these performances and the carpet itself, manipulated. In Bird’s Eye View I play with the concept of time by my movement and the use of repetition and looping. The continuous movement refers to cosmic time, to the circular movement of Muslims around Kaaba, and to what Berger calls “time of consciousness” and cyclic time. I express the in-between feeling without being didactic.
Austria, the home of many Turkish immigrants provided me with new reference points to look at my own identity. Being a “Turk” in Austria is loaded both historically and because of the Turkish immigrants. Unfortunately, these two sides do not mix enough. I was stuck between being the “Turk” to the Austrians and being a westernized, possibly corrupted Turkish woman to the Turkish immigrants. This situation resembled an exaggerated version of the general identity crisis of Turkish people. An oriental carpet stands for both the oriental fantasy “flying carpet” and something that gives me the longing for home. Thus, Bird’s Eye View reflects on how one is perceived from the outside, and what one experiences on the inside. The carpet is presented like an evidence of personal experience with disrupted patterns and its resemblance to the streets of Linz.