CURATOR: DR. NECMİ SÖNMEZ
The 2021 collection exhibition of Borusan Contemporary brings together shifting, moving images that take on unique forms.
The conceptual framework is drawn by the poem written by Edip Cansever in 10 parts, titled Water Reverie. The poem yields a new perspective on the collection focused on New Media art, while providing the viewers a platform through which they can gain new experiences of fluidity.
Sitting right next to the Bosphorus, which is neither a river nor a sea, the Perili Köşk building appears as a companion to the waterway. Just like the Bosphorus which is transformed in various ways with waves and play of lights at different hours of the day; the contemporary artworks located at the premises of Perili Köşk begin to shift in form and color as per the position of the viewers, and to initiate a dialogue between the water and the image. The exhibition Water Reverie is therefore a poetic measurement, an attempt to define what is behind the visible.
Moving image, which is one of the most prominent features of New Media art, is inspired by the experiments performed with digital production techniques. The Borusan Contemporary Art Collection aims to trigger personal experiences while presenting the visuals of these experiments to the audience through video, projection, and light installations. The exhibition, Water Reverie is based on a similar idea that seeks to explore how these personal experiences can be combined with Edip Cansever's lines and the unique architectural elements of the Perili Köşk. This presentation creates a swirl out of the perceptions of viewers, the poetic images and the architecture; hence a unique visuality in different nooks of the Perili Köşk.
The new exhibition at Borusan Contemporary uses Iván Navarro's neon sculptures and Edip Cansever's poems as a point of departure. The works placed on every floor of the building, the majority of which are produced with digital technologies, propose that the theme of water could be interpreted as transformation and fluidity.
Ranging from projections (Peter Coffin, Thierry Dreyfus) to constructed photographs (Boomoon, Ellen Kooi, Frank Thiel, Michael Wolf); videos (Antti Laitinen, Rafael Rozendaal) to light installations (Jim Campbell, Maurizio Nannucci), the works included in Water Reverie are accompanied by Edip Cansever's lines as wall text.