THE RED ARCHITECTURE VENETIAN MACHINE BOY'S DREAM ORNAMENTS
"The Red Architecture Venetian Machine Boy's Dream Ornaments", 2000. "The Song of The Earth" 2000, curated by René Block, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany/ "Ex Lux", 2000, curated by Hubert Salden, Kunsthalle Tirol, Tirol, Austria/ "unlimited. nl#4", 2001 curated by Vasif Kortun, De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands/ "Graham, Özseçen, Trockel", 2001, Milchof, Nürnberg, Germany/ "Metropolis Now", 2001, curated by Elga Wimmer, Borusan Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey/ "Sugar Top Girl", 2001, Henry Urbach Architecture, New York, USA/ Courtesy: Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany/ Ebru Özseçen.
It is about love. It is nothing but "love".
Entering a dark room by passing unexpected trap doors in the mind. Being armed, still feeling insecure as if trying to control unrehearsed, loaded words of praise that slip out to the ground. No action to take. No word to say. It is automatically banned in the mind. The load of the room is at its ideal state; any articulation may possibly disorient its sense of balance. The nature of this zone somehow forces the visitor to obey what it possesses. Being a silent witness. Being subtle part of this vague huge black box. Starting to get a morbid pleasure out of this surrounding. It is the genuine of the artist as the architect of such layered organic/mechanic construction. Disguising her intention on the visible facet of these layers. A master memoir slams into the conscious with seven diverse moving images, which are demanding, insensitive and indifferent to each other. The magnet-like attraction catches the visitor like the way they pull each other. Just like Deleuze and Guattari's object of desire*: On every occasion, a desire governs a machine, but neither the desire nor the machine can survive without the other's existence; each time they need another machine to satisfy their needs. Therefore, a group of machines operate to construct a mutual order, however, this order conflicts with it's own parts. In this case, this group of seven desire machines catches and stimulates the visitor's desire mechanism as another machine while operating together. The power it generates overloads the layers of the black box by channeling this energy to the visitor. This energy attacks the mind and strikes back to the dark walls of the room. Focusing in and out the slices of memory. Getting lost in the maze of scales and movements of these lightening images. It is an unparalleled beauty. The "visitor" begins to feel agitated at the slightest incident of the memories; a shallow pain diffuses from scars of the past.A sense of belonging, which could also be of a sexual nature. Feeling high. Recalling various old smells. Tasting the bitterness of chocolate.
"Isn't it exactly the symptom of love?"
A challenge that has to be taken to retain an identity and integrity. A dead ringer for watching one's obscene record as if reading the colourful stanzas of a romantic poem. Extreme cases. An acute pleasure. A sense of hysteria. A paranoid crisis without experiencing the preliminary requirements to understand it. Violence and aggression seem to be the only stimulant for the warped mind. Destructive.
Tidal movement of the mind coordinates with the looping images:The machine passionately works; marble grapes shine on the tray; wooden staircase evoke the fantasies; gracious chandelier constantly brightens and darkens; the fish net waves while dressing the old, lonely facet; the innocent boy plays with his wicked toy; the transparent feminine glass objects glitter. Thousands of stories to remember, to tell, to hide and to forget. This invigorating experience cannot be just a tool to satisfy the temporary needs and hunger. There is a missing link somewhere; between the embarrassing actual experience and the fiction of the future within a daydream. Embarrassment always comes into surface at a point where the mind is disillusioned with life.
Remembering a devoted attachment to anything.
It is about love. It is simply "love".**
*Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, "A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia". The Anton Press, London 1998.
**"Facing with Liquid Crystal Memories" text by Basak Senova published in "Das Lied von der Erde"/ "The Song of the Earth" 2000, catalogue both English and German p.104 for the Ebru Özseçen's work "The Red Architecture Venetian Machine Boy's Dream Ornaments".
"The Red Architecture Venetian Machine Boy's Dream Ornaments", 2000. Seven LCD monitors with custom made acrylic enclosures accompanied by seven players.