Gizem Aksu (TR) Dance/ Performance/ Installations 2019/2020

Genre: Dance, Performance, Installations

Partnerprogram: Be Mobile Create Togehter

Project in HELLERAU:

I was supposed to create “Archive of Feelings: Dresden” by collecting feelings from daily encounters, collective meetings, communal sharing, social observations and personal experience. But, COVID19 has directly influenced my process. “Self-isolation” has brought many feelings in personal, public, virtual spaces. This is not my first time to isolate myself. In 2016, when Istanbul had been experiencing bomb explosions, I was not able to be present, move freely in public spaces and I isolated myself for a while. The context was political violence; therefore, it was considered as local and self-imposed practice to exist. In 2020 the context is health, the conjecture is global and I am legally obliged to survive, save lives.
In this project, I am artistically researching on death, dying, life, existence and how action, perception and conception of body may present various ways to think on political, philosophical and moral implications on these.

More about

What inspires you?
Death may be ineffable, impossible to experience for being-in-the-world but a very constitutive aspect of human existence. How can I organize my being to speak on which is ineffable, reflect on which is impossible to experience; deconstruct this constitutive aspect of existence? What might the consequences and implications of death be in daily life, how can death affect the structure of the everyday life?
The yin-yang symbol in the front side of the Festspielhaus is one of my daily inspirations.

Your first three thoughts about HELLERAU?
I am virtually hugging the main building sometimes to remind it that the artists would come soon again.

How would you describe your way of working?
I would say that my methodology is composition; research formats are varying from photography to choreography, text to video. Spontaneity, surprising-the self-i(n)solation, consciousness construction, 99 could be some keywords for my daily scores. Body is the ultimate concept where I arrive and leave as always.