From March 1-31 Erdal Inci’s Centipedes will be playing at the Midnight Moment. Centipedes represents a departure in Inci’s work, focusing not on pre-planned movements, but on the natural, chance choreographies of life in Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey. In this aerial view, pedestrians and birds cross the Square according to their own particular motivations, are completely unaware of the camera. Individuals are multiplied into peculiar “centipedes” and popular paths are revealed as streams of movement. Though their paths sometimes intersect they never collide, appearing both real and surreal against the still or “photographic” background.Centipedes resonates with the political life of Turkey and with the work’s in Times Square. Taksim Square is known as the “Turkish Times Square” – an iconic public space, transportation hub, tourist destination and site of annual New Year’s Eve and Pride celebrations and significant political demonstrations and incidents. The planned “Taksim Pedestrianization Project” – including the removal of Taksim Gezi Park, one of the few public green spaces in Istanbul, for the construction of military barracks and a shopping mall – sparked the broad “Occupy Gezi” movement in 2013 that led to the annulment of that plan, among other concessions from the Erdoğan administration. Centipedes documents the Square in 2015, at the center of life and debate in Istanbul.
“In my previous works I was used to shooting myself performing precise movements in public spaces, but never tried to play around with randomness. For this piece my first intention was to document the square with its eclectic condition and the random pedestrians passing by – people, but also pigeons and flying plastic bags (which enrich the composition). I only interfere with the timing by superimposing consecutive time layers; everything you see in the frame actually happened. In this way the recording does not lose its documentary value. At the same time, elements which are used most frequently in a traditional painting composition – such as line, texture, pattern and fragmentation – become visible with this simple interference to temporality.”
This piece is brought to Times Square by the Moving Image Art Fair. Moving Image New York 2018 takes place May 3 – 6, 2018 at 591 Park Avenue (between 63rd and 64th streets) in Manhattan. The newly formed Moving Image Curatorial Advisory Committee for New York 2018 is inviting a selection of international commercial galleries and non-profit institutions to present single-channel videos, single-channel projections, video sculptures, immersive media, and other larger video installations.