These are the times when everyone remembers and forgets at the same time. Tapes, bluffs, lies, or scandals circulate in the public consciousness—only briefly—either to manufacture consent and make us take sides, or to disguise intricate political agendas. Ultimately nothing persists. What is being watched, read, or mediated is often not so important. The media news don’t sediment but rather cast shadows on memories that make up an audience—a public—of believers, learners and ultimately forgetters. The Shadow Arithmetic investigates the gaze of this invisible public and examines how it forms itself out of the desire to see the forbidden, secret, scandalous, and the immoral. The videos on display are footage from recent memories manufactured by the Turkish media. They are obtained from online sources and permanently fixed into consciousness to function as reminders of this public, which not only lives before but also behind the screens. Videos, images, words, opinions add up; some reinforce some negate another, but this arithmetic mostly matters as a logic of substitution and a desire to access the forbidden: for a public to be able to come into being not from roots, kinship, land or language but through a shared yearning for amnesia.
March 21 - April 20, METUArt 15, Ankara, Turkey, 2014.