The Residual

Intro

Unsere multimediale Forschungsarbeit konzentriert sich auf zwei Kernaspekte: Zunächst soll die tragische Geschichte hinter den Spuren erzählt werden, welche die syrischen Flüchtlinge in den zahlreichen türkischen Städten hinterlassen haben, durch die sie auf ihrer Flucht gekommen sind, bevor sie auf eines der Boote mit Kurs auf die griechischen Inseln stiegen. Außerdem wollen wir eine große Euphorie über neue Formen des Gemeinschaftens reflektieren, welche nach dem Abzug der Geflüchteten, beispielsweise in den Städten Westkurdistans, erfahrbar wurden.

Zudem untersucht das Projekt, wie sich die Situation der Geflüchteten in neuen staatlichen Aufnahmelagern von der in Unterbringungen der Solidaritätsbewegung in der Südosttürkei unterscheidet. Nahe der Grenze gelegen, ist Mardin zudem Sitz der Migrationsbehörde, die für die Überwachung und Abschiebung von Flüchtlingen zuständig ist. Im Mittelpunkt des Projekts, das die Spur der Flüchtlinge von Syrien über die Türkei Griechenland und den Balkan bis nach Berlin verfolgt, stehen die kollektiven Bewusstseinsformen, die entscheidend für künftiges Zusammenleben in den Städten sein werden.

Das Projekt „The Residual“ wird in einem Tagebuch und Reiselogbuch dokumentiert. In Kollaboration mit Aktivisten, Künstlern, Wissenschaftlern und Geflüchteten sammelt das Artıkişler Collective (Özge Çelikaslan und Alper Şen) Texte, Bilder und Videos.


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Take a look behind the scenes: in the LAB, the artists are developing their projects online. Your contributions and comments to the work in progress are welcome!

  • Tracing the footsteps: A diary of the project VI

    2 July 2016 19:03 by ACTOPOLIS

    The sixth installment of The Residual diary features stories from migrants living in Berlin.

    “Even if you have a passport and a Schengen visa it does not mean that you won’t be subject to a police inquiry European airports. When you get off the plane from Greece in one of Berlin’s airports, you encounter 3 police officers there who discriminate against people with darker skin. While waiting timidly for them to choose you or the other one, he approached to a young boy in front of us and asked “are you with them?” pointing to the white skinned Europeans. After he says “no”, the police officer pulled him aside, and we passed by the control.”

  • Tracing the footsteps: A diary of the project V: “Portraits-3, Thessaloniki”

    28 June 2016 15:53 by ACTOPOLIS

    Part 5 of the travelogue by Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen of Artıkişler Collective is entitled “Portraits-3, Thessaloniki”. It includes the stories and narratives of migrants living in “Solidarity house”, an old house in Thessaloniki built by the Ottomans that was occupied by anarchist groups in order to establish a residency for migrants. In “Solidarity house" the residents are living and working collectively. “Portraits-3, Thessaloniki” is a collection of comments from a conversation Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen had with Reza:

  • Tracing the footsteps: A diary of the project IV: “Portraits-2, Thessaloniki”

    25 June 2016 12:47 by ACTOPOLIS

    The four part of the travelogue by Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen of Artıkişler Collective is entitled “Portraits-2, Thessaloniki”. It includes the stories and narratives of migrants living in “Solidarity house”, an old house in Thessaloniki built by the Ottomans that was occupied by anarchist groups in order to establish a residency for migrants. In “Solidarity house" the residents are living and working collectively. “Portraits-2, Thessaloniki” is a collection of comments from a conversation Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen had with Natalia, a member of “Solidarity house”:

  • Tracing the footsteps: A diary of the project III: “Portraits-1, Thessaloniki”

    25 June 2016 11:25 by ACTOPOLIS

    The third part of the travelogue by Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen of Artıkişler Collective is entitled “Portraits-1, Thessaloniki”. It includes the stories and narratives of migrants living in “Solidarity house”, an old house in Thessaloniki built by the Ottomans that was occupied by anarchist groups in order to establish a residency for migrants. In “Solidarity house" the residents are living and working collectively. “Portraits-1, Thessaloniki” is a collection of comments from a conversation Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen had with Omar from Syria:

  • Tracing the footsteps: A diary of the project II

    14 June 2016 09:11 by ACTOPOLIS

    From May 22 to May 25, Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen, co-founders of Artıkişler collective, continued tracing migrants’ tracks in Micropolis and Thessaloniki as part of their video research project The Residual. They followed the route taken by migrants from Rojova, Thessaloniki and are going to move to their final destination in Berlin. While keeping contact with migrants and local volunteers in various social centers that function as spaces of meeting, education and communication, they collect video images that were taped by the people that they have encountered, seeking contemporary images of migration. In Thessaloniki they met with locals, migrants and volunteers of refugee initiatves alike gathering information about their thoughts and opinions, about the conditions in the camps installed by the Greek goverment as well as the open houses known as “No Border Camp” guided by anarchist groups and volunteers.

  • Tracing the footsteps: A diary of The Residual I

    9 June 2016 15:05 by ACTOPOLIS

    As a part of the video research carried out by Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen, members of the Artıkişler Collective, The Residual video research traces stories, spaces, collective sharings, commoning experiences. “Instead of recording new images on this route it is important for us to collect images that were taped by the migrants themselves.” The research route begins in Rojova, Kobané and continues through Urfa-Suruç, Ankara, İstanbul, the Aegean coast, the Greek islands, Athens, Thessaloniki, Balkans to Berlin. The participants in the project keep a diary of their travel including their observations and notes from meetings with The Residual in Thessaloniki from 22 to 25 May, 2016.


PARTICIPANTS

Alper Şen

Alper Şen

Actopolis-City: Ankara ‒ İstanbul

Seit 2000 hat Alper Şen im Rahmen verschiedener türkischer und europäischer Videokollektive gearbeitet, darunter VideA, Cinema for Peace, Film Collective, KozaVisual, NisaMasa und Karahaber. Er ist Mitbegründer und aktives Mitglied von Artıkişler und von Videoccupy Collectives und Initiator von Surplus of Istanbul (2014), einem Videoprojekt zur Transformation der Stadt, zum Thema Ressourcenverschwendung und zur Lage von Minderheiten in der türkischen Metropole.
Pelin Tan

Pelin Tan

Actopolis-City: Mardin

Nach ihrem Studium der Soziologie und Kunstgeschichte und ihrer Dissertation über gesellschaftlich engagierte Kunst im öffentlichen Raum an der Istanbul Technical University (ITU) beschäftigt Tan sich derzeit im Rahmen eines Postdoc-Projektes am MIT mit den Methoden künstlerischer Recherche. Forschungs- und Aufenthaltsstipendien erhielt sie unter anderem vom DAAD (2006/07), dem IASPIS Kuratorenprogramm (2008), der Japan Foundation (2012) und dem Kitakyushu Contemporary Art Institute (2015). Zurzeit lehrt Tan als Assosiate Professor an der Fakultät für Architektur der Artuklu-Universität im türkischen Mardin. Vom Frühjahr 2016 an lehrt sie als Research Professor am Urban Lab der Polytechnischen Hochschule Hong Kong.
Özge Çelikaslan

Özge Çelikaslan

Actopolis-City: Ankara

Özge Çelikaslan ist Bildwissenschaftlerin und Medienaktivistin.

Çelikaslan ist Mitbegründerin und aktives Mitglied der Videokunstkollektive Artıkişler / Wastedworks, Videoccupy und Vidyokolektif und Mitbegründerin der Koza Visual Culture and Arts Association, einer Diskussionsplattform für zeitgenössische Kunst, Politik und Medienarchivarbeit. Zurzeit wirkt sie an einem Projekt für ein offenes Archiv für digitale Medien über politische Bewegungen unter dem Titel bak.ma. mit.