Modalities Of The Spontaneous
Venice, Italy
SALON - Alper Derinbogaz

Derinbogaz’s reliefs are exhibited in Venice Biennale 2014, curated by Rem Koolhaas in the Pavilion of Turkey as a part of Places of Memory Exhibition. These series produce three different types of cartographies in correlation. They propose specific readings of the urban history, today’s spontaneous fragments and they also speculate on future scenarios.

Alper Derinbogaz’s “Modalities of the Spontaneous” Series delivers a new way to read the stratification of Istanbul in terms of social and physical thresholds, economic developments and traces of memory on the banks of the ridge extending from Taksim to Levent; a bold attempt to decipher the codes of evolutionary character of Istanbul’s urbanization adventure.Derinboğaz’s proposal is a provocative way of experiencing the evolutionary urbanization story of the city thru 2.75×2.75m sized three dimensional frames which the viewer is enforced to spend time and ponder upon these strata unlike a passive observer of a conventional map.

Moreover, Derinboğaz’s new presentation method also argue that old-school revolutionary approach of modernist urbanism and its conventional analysis tools should be challenged by emerging countries’ evolutionary urbanism models and appropriate research tools.

Ömer Kanıpak, Excerpt from Places of Memory (Istanbul: İKSV, 2014): 96

Levent is a very ambiguous and recently shaped urban fragment of the city. It is very hard to understand what’s exactly happening there since there is no real planning process like we know… In relation to this, I looked at process patterns to understand these intricate moments… I am trying to trace what was happening underneath this current fragmented situation by tracing today’s notions to the past. There are various layers that have caused different situations which range from topography to social values or political maneuvers—and which cause a lot of things to transform. As you are following these tracks you don’t even need to mention the actors, like architects, politicians, urban planners and so on. You can shift your perspective and look at what lies behind them, focus on the static data like topography, infrastructure and other things shaping this dynamic city. Bringing the same factors together, the city becomes the actor itself.

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