Sunday, October 23, 2016

'Are We Human?' - 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial

Are We Human?: The Design of the Species: 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years is the official title of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, which will run from October 22 - November 20, 2016 at the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV).
I created a 2-minute video that will be screened along with others in the Foundation at Sishane, Istanbul, Turkey and also online here!

Scroll down the page to find the link associated with my name.

Biennial Website


Turkish Language Flyer

The video developed out of a long-term project I had been undertaking as it seemed a good fit with the Biennial theme. I had been observing the changing state of a small beach on the island of Cheung Chau and I noticed how the weather and the tides added and subtracted elements within a small area I had been observing. nature sometimes carved out channels in the sand while at other times it obliterated all details and left a smooth almost featureless plain of sand. 
Quite often there appeared detritus, flotsam and jetsam, refuse, evidence of human garbage polluting the lovely little beach. Nature eventually cleared it away, even when it had been particularly bad and piled high on the beach. This to me was quite telling, the only evidence of human existence was the refuse we had discarded but even this was carried away by nature leaving no trace. As the months passed I saw this cycle played out: the beach filled up and was then cleared, the sand was carved away and then replenished...
The photographic project is still ongoing and in progress.

If you have trouble finding the link via the Biennial website, you can find a direct link here!