The Residual

Intro

“Our multimedia research project The Residual has two goals. First, it attempts to narrate the tragic story behind the traces left behind by the flow of migrants in various Turkish cities, ending on a boat between Turkey and the Greek islands. Second, it reflects the strong sense of excitement around the creation of new “commoning” experiences in the towns and cities from which migrants fled, like those in the Rojava region of Syria. The Residual recounts the narratives of refugees and migrants in both new state-run refugee camps and housing initiatives started by migrant solidarity movements throughout the south-eastern region in Turkey. The city of Mardin is near the border crossing where the Turkish government deports refugees back to Syria. It is also home to a migration office that oversees the legal situation of migrants. The core of the research focuses on how social relations forged during the process of migration enable new “daily commoning practices” and allow us to envision new future commons.”


The Residual, carried out by Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen of the Artıkişler Collective, is a multimedia research project that traces stories, spatial movements, collective sharing experiences, and “commoning practices”. The research route begins in Rojova, Kobané and continues through Urfa-Suruç, Ankara, İstanbul, the Aegean coast, the Greek islands, Athens, Thessaloniki, and the Balkans until it ends in Berlin. For their project, Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen collaborate with solidarity movements, migrant activists, researchers and artists. Stating that, “Instead of only recording new images on the route, it is important for us to collect images that were produced by migrants themselves,” they document a diverse set of voices in the travelogue below:

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  • 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 / Mardin

Since 2000, Alper Şen has been working with various video collectives in Turkey and Europe including VideA, Cinema for Peace, Film Collective, KozaVisual, NisaMasa and Karahaber. He is a co-founder and member of the Artıkişler and Videoccupy Collectives. He initiated Surplus of Istanbul (2014), a video research project on urban transformation, waste and minorities.
Pelin Tan

Pelin Tan

Actopolis-City: Ankara / Mardin

Tan trained in sociology and art history. She concluded her PhD on socially engaged art in the urban space (ITU - Istanbul Technical University) and her post-doctorate studies on the methodology of artistic research at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Tan has received several research grants and residencies including DAAD (2006-07), The Japan Foundation (2012), IASPIS curatorial (2008) and Kitakyushu Contemporary Art Inst. (2015). Tan is an Associate Professor at the Architecture Faculty, Mardin Artuklu University. In Spring 2016 she will hold the position of Research Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic, Urban Environment Lab.
Özge Çelikaslan

Özge Çelikaslan

Actopolis-City: Ankara / Mardin

Özge Çelikaslan is a visual researcher and media activist.

She is a co-founder and member of the video artist, activist collectives Artıkişler/Wastedworks, Videoccupy and Vidyokolektif as well as the co-founder of Koza Visual Culture and Arts Association, which was established as a platform for discussions on contemporary visual arts, politics and media archives. Currently she is working on an open digital media archive of a political movements project called "bak.ma".