Exibition with Gilles Aubry and Youssef Tabti at Künstlerhaus-Hamburg FRISE


Work presented: Rhetoric - Hill of the Pnyx
Photographs of wall scribblings in a former Turkish prison (Sinop Fortress Prison*) corresponding to a plans the Hill of Pnyx in Athens. In the background: video-Interview with Christos Yannaras.
In his video work, which is part of his, project “Rhetoric - Hill of the Pnyx ”, renowned Greek philosopher and Theologian Christos Yannaras (born in Athens in 1935. Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Panteion University) gives his point of view from ancient Greek history. The text was deliberately spoken in Greek language, the language closest to the original language, ancient Greek. The language and location of this project are strongly symbolic and so go beyond their place and time. They are intended to remind us of how people all over the world have for centuries been fighting for the freedom of expression.  

*The Sinop Fortress Prison was featured in various stories and poems by notable Turkish writers, who served their sentence. Refik Halit Karay, Ahmet Bedevi Kuran, Refii Cevat Ulunay, Sabahattin Ali, Kerim Korcan, Nazım Hikmet and Zeyyat Selimoğlu are some of them to name.




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“RHETORIC – Hill of the PNIX” 2017
Galerie Künstlerhaus-FRISE Hamburg 2017
Ausstellungsansicht: Bearbeitete Oberfläche einer Holzplatte, Fotografie auf verschiedene Transparentpapiere.
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Inhalt: Gekritzel an Wände und Innenaufnahmen des ehemaligen Staatsgefängnis Cezaevi in Sinop, Schwarzes Meer, Nord Türkei.
Skizzen von Umrissen und archäologischen Planungen der PNYX in Athen, Griechenland



Gilles Aubry work:
“and who ears the desert”
 Twelve LP records are presented in the exhibition space, available for playback on three turntables.










Photographs on transparent paper
in the background video with Christos Yannaras
20mn. 




Work presented: "Self-immolation" Refers to setting oneself on fire, often as a form of protest or for the purposes of martyrdom or suicide. It has centuries-long traditions in some cultures, while in modern times it has become a type of radical political protest. "The suicidal attack is an extraordinary weapon of war whereas self-immolation is an extreme form of protest"*. As an act of protest, it is intended to be public in at least one of two senses: performed in a public place in view of other people, or accompanied by a written letter addressed to political figures or to the general public. I started to develop this project in 2011 during a protest in North Africa. It is very important to understand that I do not make the appology of this act.
On the contrary, I would like to call our conscience
for this theme which is a taboo in our society.


18 pictures on frames (Y. Tabti 2011) (29x31cm) 

Selbstverbrennung als Protest
"Selbstverbrennungen sind häufig öffentlich, dramatisch und eine Reaktion auf soziale und politische Konflikte. Daher werden sie für die Medien zu einem berichtenswerten Ereignis. Sie können als eine Form des altruistischen Suizids für einen kollektiven Zweck betrachtet werden. Im Gegensatz zu Selbstmordattentaten zielen sie im Normalfall nicht darauf ab, eine andere Person zu verletzen oder zu töten. Selbstanzündungen bekommen Aufmerksamkeit und werden aufgrund des besonders schmerzhaften Feuertods häufig als Martyrium betrachtet. Das Anliegen einer Selbstverbrennung wird häufig in einer Abschiedsnachricht ausgedrückt, die meist schriftlich verfasst wird. Durch ihre politischen Forderungen und Appelle sowie die Sichtweise auf den eigenen Tod unterscheiden sich diese Nachrichten stark von den Abschiedsbriefen nicht-politischer Suizide. Oft verfolgen sie eine komplexe politische Strategie, wie etwa in den Briefen von Jan Palach oder Artin Penik ersichtlich wird."
(source wikipedia & M. Biggs,* "Dying Without Killing (2005))


 "RHETORIC - HILL OF THE PNIX"

Maxim Gorki Theater-Palais am Festungsgraben
Berlin. Germany  11.11.17 - 26.11.17




Organised by Shermin Langhoff with Aljoscha Begrich, Çağla İlk, Erden Kosova, Tunçay Kulaoğlu, Elena Sinanina.

Der 3. Berliner Herbstsalon wird vom 11. bis 26. November eine öffentliche Probe für das Aufbegehren gegen Zuschreibungen, Verallgemeinerungen und Vereinfachungen sein. DESINTEGRIERT EUCH! ist die Überschrift über einem Parcours, der rund 100 bildende und darstellende Künstler*innen zu einer Probe in Widerständigkeit gegen vermeintliche Übersichtlichkeit zusammenbringt.
 

Works Presented


RHETORIC-Hill of the PNIX
Videoinstallation 2017 (with vinyl adhesive from the map of the Pnix and metal sculptures inspired by desk for the speaker. originally there are also a stone with the word "Bema" engraved in it-the Bema was used as an orator's platform in the ancien world)

Roter Salon im Palais am Festungsgraben. Berlin


RHETORIC – Hill of the PNIX marks the end of Youssef Tabti’s Istanbul trilogy. The work revolves around the theme of freedom of speech and democracy. Only the first two parts, however, could be completed in Istanbul. After the coup attempt in 2016, Tabti had to relocate the project to a neighbouring country – Greece. In Athens met with Christos Yannaras, a theologian and philosopher whose theses have caused controversy far beyond Greece. In the centre of the Pnix, the place of popular assemblies in ancient Athens, Yannaras reminds us of the rhetoric art of democracy and thus sensitizes us for the current threat to freedom of expression.










vinyl adhesive from the map of the PNYX.
Supported by Kulturakademie Tarabya (Auswärtiges Amt Berlin) and Goethe Institut Istanbul.

"Başakşehir" (district of Istanbul)
 Preview: part #3 of the project:
Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul. Turkey
15.05 - 30.05.17Supported by Kulturakademie Tarabya

please see below for details about the concept  

Chorégraphie Scénique pendant l'exposition à l'université Mimar Sinan

 

RHETORIC - HILL OF THE PNIX
In Dialogue with Christos Yannaras. Philosopher and Theologian. Born in Athens in 1935. Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Panteion University.
Director/editor : Eftychia Iossifidou
Sound engineer: Vasileios Alexandris
Technical assistant: Konstantinos Nissidis

Supported by Goethe Institut Istanbul & Kulturakademie Tarabya. Auswärtiges amt Deutschland

 

















Video Stills on the Hill of the PNYX (Athens) with Christos Yannaras
Agora Drawing: John Travlos 1935 ASCSA




The birth of Rhetoric (Art of speaking) took place in Athens on the hill "PNYX" 500 years before Christ.
CONCEPT: The art of speaking (rhetoric, which has always laid claim to being both an art and a science) has a long tradition. Some speeches have made history, ranging from Socrates’ apologia (399 BC) in Athens to Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech (28 August 1963) in Washington D.C. and recently Barack Obama’s State of the Nation address.
All this had its origin on the small hill in Athens called “Pnyx”. This is the place where the Rhetoric was born 500 years before Christ.
Concept artist Youssef Tabti, currently artist in residence in Tarabya Cultural Academy, uses this site, where in ancient times citizen assemblies took place regularly, as a backdrop. In his video work, which is part of his, project “RHETORIC-HILL OF THE PNYX”, renowned Greek philosopher and Theologian Christos Yannaras (born in Athens in 1935. Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Panteion University) gives his point of view from ancient Greek history (see film stills attached). The text was deliberately spoken in Greek language, the language closest to the original language, ancient Greek. The language and location of this project are strongly symbolic and so go beyond their place and time. They are intended to remind us of how people all over the world have for centuries been fighting for the freedom of expression.
On the long term, Youssef Tabti’s aim will be to present the recordings in the form of videos as part of an exhibition. In Istanbul he would like to present the project in a screening. (In addition, he would build some objects of stage scenery framing and adding to the videos (like, for example, a lectern, an Indoor floor vinyl adhesive from the map of the PNYX, a stone with the word “bema” engraved in it – the bema was used as an orator’s platform in the ancient world.

The video is part of an artistic project in Istanbul.