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Crossing the Bridge*: In-situ practises from Turkey

Welcome to a presentation and discussion with architects, researchers and activists Asli Kiyak Ingin and Merve Gül Özokcu. They are both based in İstanbul and works in different ways with socially and politically engaged critical projects within urban and rural contexts. They research, highlight and engage on site with issues of social structures and possibilities for commons, sharing and solidarity practices. Merve works has partly focused on transformation of rural buildings as women’s and children’s spaces, spaces of alternative education and the re-possession of public spaces. She does participatory fieldwork and oral history research that uses cooking together as a tool. Asli works with issues related to the city, urban regeneration and gentrification, and by advocating sustainable and participatory models for alternative visions. She has initiated and developed the project and concept Made in Şişhane, which aims for safeguarding the craft neighbourhoods in İstanbul.

Asli Kiyak Ingin and Merve Gül Özokcu are currently residency grantholders at IASPIS, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme. The presentation is introduced and moderated by Annika Björkman and Magnus Ericson, IASPIS. The presentation is organised by IASPIS and Form/Design Center.

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*) The title refers to the 2005 film Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul by the Turkish director Fatih Akın.