The Road of Cones: The Eviction of Social Memory (2013) is set up as a reminder for the so-called transformations in public memory of Turkey. The structures translate the transient and fluid nature of events through data captured from online media and turn them layer by layer into conic form. Instead of taking the form of didactic visualizations, they feature streams of data; an abundance of information that is to be experienced as a symbolic embodiment. Walking through the road of cones, the audience witnesses an homage to all histories of eviction in these ancient lands; from the roads that are furnished with statues that stand for once ‘victorious kings’ to public spaces and monuments that glorify the ethnic, nationalistic, and religious cleansing projects that handed over power from one class to another. The cones seek to be read as discursive depictions of complex realities rather than work as abstract mapping, diagramming, and interpretation schemes which promise to reveal a truth, either in the servitude of the evicted or the evictor.
The Road of Cones is a collaborative project with Mahir M. Yavuz.
13th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey, 2013