monolithic: visual history of istanbul

Since Istanbul is the European Capital of Culture of 2010, there are numerous cultural, musical and artistic events going on around the city and it is crowded with many cosmopolitans from all around the world.

Haydarpaşa Train Station was built on water between 1906 – 1908 by German architects and was presented as a gift to the Ottoman Emperor by his contemporary German Emperor, Kaiser Willem II. This is a very significant historical, architectural, cultural and sociological monument for Istanbul–and especially for migrants from Anatolia, the Eastern part of Turkey. Because for decades this train station has been the entry point of those migrants to Istanbul.

For those Easterners–since locals of Istanbul are not regarded as Easterners–Haydarpaşa was the end of the East and beginning of the West.

Recently, there was a ‘projection mapping’ installation on the eastern face of this building: Yekpare (Monolithic) It was repeated three days and I–unfortunately–missed this visual spectacle everyday. Like many others, I have been asking the friend, who was one of the designers of the project, that when we would be able to watch it online. Each time, he said: soon.

Now is the time. Here we can watch the great visual spectacle on the eastern face of the building, which symbolized and embodied the monumental entrance to the West: the history of 8000 thousand years.

Read the explanation on vimeo:

Yekpare is a story teller to narrate 8500 years story of Istanbul. The story has symbols by from Pagans to Roman Empire, from Byzantine Empire to Latin Empire, and finally from Ottoman Empire to today’s Istanbul.

A building which we play on is Haydarpaşa Train Station has brilliant Gothic architectural forms. Connection between middle east to west as Istanbul since 1906 was formed by Haydarpaşa. In 50’s; it was a door millions of emigrant. Internal migration triggered chaotic order of Istanbul dialectical daily life scenes. Either its conceptual and political and geographical position or its location’s depth of field to watch the entire show from Kadıköy coast; Yekpare is dramatic as a representation.

First day of the performance is also 47th death day of famous Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet Ran. We started with his quote:“At Haydarpaşa Train Station, in the spring of 1941, it is three o’clock. Sun, exhaustion and rush lay on the stairs” (from his epic novel Human Landscapes from My Country).

Art Direction & Visuals:
Deniz Kader – Candaş Şişman

Music:
Görkem Şen

Project Management:
Erdem Dilbaz

Technical Advisers: Refik Anadol – Alican Aktürk
Modelling: Gökhan Uzun – Can Dinlenmiş

Special Thanks to: Efor Production, Visio – Vox, Sinevizyon, Yakup Çetinkaya, Gökhan Kurtuluş, Lokman Doğmuş, Baran Gülerşen, Ümit Özdemir, Tolga Dizmen, Murat Durusoy, Ahmet Türkoğlu, Mustafa Nurdoğdu

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