Modalities of the Spontaneous
Venice, Italy
SALON - Alper Derinbogaz

Derinbogaz’s reliefs were exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2014, curated by Rem Koolhaas in the Pavilion of Turkey, as part of the Places of Memory Exhibition. These series produce three different types of cartographies in correlation. They propose specific readings of 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 slopes of the ridge extending from Taksim to Levent; a bold attempt to decipher the codes of the evolutionary character of Istanbul’s urbanization adventure. Derinbogaz’s proposal is a provocative way of experiencing the evolutionary urbanization story of the city through 2.75×2.75m three-dimensional frames that compel the viewer to spend time pondering these strata, unlike a passive observer of a conventional map.
Moreover, Derinbogaz’s new presentation methods also argue that the 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 formed urban fragment of the city. It is very hard to understand exactly what’s happening there, since there is no real planning process as we know it. Accordingly, I looked at process patterns to understand these intricate moments. I am trying to trace what was happening underneath this current fragmented situation by mapping today’s concepts to the past. There are various layers that have led to different conditions, which range from topography to social values or political maneuvers, and which cause major transformations. As you follow 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 static data like topography, infrastructure and other elements shaping this dynamic city. Bringing the same factors together, the city becomes the actor itself.

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