Gizem Aksu 

Residency: YU
13 > 26/11/2017Studio

YU is an expanded performance on the research for organic wisdom by fasci(a)nated attention in a visceral garden(*). This research would not be about what visceral organs are; but about the complex correlations of organs towards the life. Organic wisdom is about the sensation of life with reference to the existence of visceral organs. As fasci(a)neted attention expands the awareness towards the ambiguity between the in and out; the visible and invisible; the material (fleshy) and immaterial (energetic); the performer traces ways for sensing, affecting and moving the body with this archaic, organic and spontaneous wisdom which the visceral organs constantly offer to the life.

This work is an attempt for a provocative and productive way of thinking about body, and life; the electromagnetic spheres all hearts/ intestines/ stomachs resonate with, affect, meaning, reality and life. Silence and darkness welcome the unseen and unhearable presence of deep-in-side of the body. With/in the silence of the muscular ground, it may be time for the organs to dance, shake and vibrate the world!

(*) Organic wisdom is a concept proposed by the artist on the archaic, organic and spontaneous wisdom which the visceral organs constantly offer to the life. Fasci(a)nated attention is discovered by the composition of the words of ‘fascia’ (anatomical word in Latin) and ‘fascinated’. This concept is about the awareness of body towards the temporalities, spatialities and corporealities. Expanded performance is proposed by the artist in order to emphasize the collaboration of performance and cinema in a dialogue with expanded cinema.

Gizem Aksu has graduated from the Department of Political Science & International Relations, Bogazici University and the Department of Contemporary Dance, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University with honor degrees. She continues post-graduate education in this department and is giving seminars on repertoire. Her articles & interviews have been published on several journals. She worked with, a.o., Aakash Odedra (UK), Ann Van den Broek (BE), Aydın Teker (TR), Brooke O’ Harra (US), Malin Arnell (SE), Marc Vanruxt (BE), Sharon Hayes (US), Tijen Lawton (BE), and Tuğçe Tuna (TR). Guro Leppord documented her as a dancer in The Second Sex and she was invited to SPARK Snapshots from Istanbul's Art Scene by Cengiz Tanç. She also played in the internationally awarded film Belonging by Serkan Ertekin. She was invited by Transcultures / Park in Progress Residency in Mons to create (e)scape! and she performed in Mons’ta Nuit Européenne de la Jeune Création. Its workshop version was realized in Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2015. In the summer of 2015, Aksu participated in the ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival in Vienna with the support of danceWEB fellowship. Recently, she has been working with Aydın Teker (TR) for Hallo! and with Aakash Odedra Company (UK).

Concept, direction & performance: Gizem Aksu – Scenography advice: Meryem Bayram – Lighting design: Utku Kara – Production: Platform 0090 – Supported by: APAP, Ciplak Ayaklar Studio


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