a docu:mentalKLINIK issue published in Art-ist Contemporary Art Magazine, May 2007 issue
docu:mentalKLINIK realized ‘agoraphobia/control initiative’ for art-ist’s issue focusing on public sphere and the new forms of public art. ‘Agoraphobia / Control Initiative’ questions the possibility of a real public sphere in the 21st century and looks into the problematics of ‘representation’. The issue is pronounced to be realized by a fiction character who has agoraphobia and who is the founder of the ‘control initiative’. Refusing to be represented by docu:mentalKLINIK, the fiction character does not provide answers to the questions addressed by docu:mentalKLINIK but instead delivers a finalized ‘make-process’ ready to be published in the magazine.
_How and why did your Agoraphobia started?
They came. 0.630m3. (I / 0.253m3) They asked me to answer their questions for their ‘make-process’. They told me that their ‘make-process’, for which they would use my answers, would take place in an art magazine. They told me that the art magazine would be distributed nation-wide and internationally. (I got bored) I offered 750ml of caffeinated liquid. They left 220ml of it. They assumed they would understand my answers and that they could produce material from my special case. They were curious and hasty. (however everything is under my control) As they were leaving they got even more uneasy. They could not get their answers. I told them to wait, and that I would give them my answers. As 0.630m3 got emptied of my living room, 187.63m3 was again mine. After some time I sent them my answers as a ‘make-process’ under my control.
_What does it mean to have Agoraphobia, to be privileged / to be special?
While sitting on the sofa, I saw that the paper was under the table. I took it and placed in the file. Since I had already gotten up, I wanted to wander around a bit. I felt like surfing some archives. I went to the archives at the Nederlands Textielmuseum. I scanned the history and the development of wool production.
“French historian Frederic Braudel once wrote ‘Sheep are the force that changed the world.’ Such was the impact of wool on many economic systems throughout the world, including the Colonial-era United States. A wool merchant would be necessary to help clothe the community.”
_How would you define the space you live in? What are your opinions on the rights of living and sheltering?
I don’t like plants. People who grow plants use their plants to observe time. They seek shelter in the plants’ time to get out of their monotonous lives, trying to read the days and seasons over plants. For a human being, to live like a plant signifies getting out of time, to halt at the threshold of living and non-living. I download plant images and save them in categories. I use the power, the system and the patterns of plants for the “Control Initiative”.
_Are there people or any specific group you identify with in Istanbul? Is there anyone or any institution/ foundation, which represents you in the public sphere? Did you, the ones with Agoraphobia, ever think of getting together and establishing an association?
I enter into the codes of mobility. I edit all my travels. I always include new spaces in my aorist present time. I measure distances and create transits. My travels begin and end in terminals.
_What are the impacts of the social, political, historical and urban framework of Istanbul on your Agoraphobia?
78.12m3, 50.40m3, 187.69m3, 54.30m3, 138.24m3, 24.32m3, 12.63m3, 15.85m3, 33.75m3
_What are the places you would define as ‘safety zones’ in the city?
(I) ayzek-online. “glass” from “Control Initiative” logged off. ’“hınzır” logged on. Was using the nickname “spy” when I downloaded the 73 KB file. Caught. (I) bluestates-online, am now uploading the mp3s “tasadam” asked from me. Wants the same mp3s from (I) deep-online. Couldn’t trust. Here, (I) ayzek-online, (I) bluestates-online, (I) deep-online, (I) hotpot-online, (I) cimcime-online, (I) superman-online, (I) supergirl-online, (I) veritas-online, (I) tulumba-online, (I) hip-hop-online, (I) mussakka-online, am receiving the same message.
“We are gathering in our square”
_What sort of a transformation Istanbul will go through if Turkey joins EU?
-liquid hydration and energy liquid,- Excel Mountain Spring, Hydractiv Color-Triclosan, sodium saccharin, titanium dioxide, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, lauryl sarcosinate, Stannous fluoride, hydrated silica-2-layer structure, taste and longer lasting flavour experience, Superior cooling sensation, Tailor made shape -UVA/UVB protection, Oil-free, Water-resistant, Free of mineral oil,homosalate 7.5%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Oxybenzone 6%, Ethyl Alcohol, Jojoba, Acrylate Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Fragrance -Ground stabilized Flax seed, Spirulina, Garlic, Lecithin, Alfalfa, Dandelion root. Hawthorn berry, Nettle leaf, Yucca root, Amino Acid Chelated Minerals, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Niacinamide, D-Calcium Pantothenate, PABA, Vitamin B-1, Vitamin B-2, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D-3, Vitamin B-12, Folic Acid, Biotin -Vitamin A (83% as Beta-Carotene from Palm Fruit and Blakeslea trispora extracts, 17% as Vitamin A Palmitate) 7500 IU, Vitamin C (as calcium ascorbate) 200 mg, Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol) 200 IU, Vitamin E (as D-alpha-tocopheryl acetate, tocotrienols) 75 IU, Vitamin K (as phytonadione) 20 mcg, Thiamin (as thiamine mononitrate) 3.75 mg, Riboflavin (riboflavin) 4.25 mg, Niacin (as niacinamide) 17.5 mg,Ê Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride) 5 mg, Folate (as folic acid) 300 mcg, Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin) 15 mcg, Biotin (as biotin) 75 mcg, Pantothenic Acid (as D-calcium pantothenate) 15 mg, Calcium (as calcium carbonate, di-calcium malate) 250 mg, Iodine (as potassium iodide) 50 mcg, Magnesium (as magnesium chelate, magnesium oxide) 125 mg, Zinc (zinc chelate) 7.5 mg, Selenium (as L-selenomethionine, sodium selenite) 70 mcg, Copper (as copper chelate ) 0.5 mg, Manganese (manganese chelate) 1.0 mg, Chromium (as chromium chelate) 100 mcg, molybdenum (molybdenum chelate) 37.5 mcg, ployphenol and flavonoid BlendÊ 97.5, catechins (from Camellia sinensis) (45 mg) leaf extract (20:1), Quercetin (25 mg), Grape seed extract (min. 95% polyphenols) (12.5 mg), Citrus Bioflavonoids (from citrus fruits) (12.5 mg) Resveratrol (2.5 mg), Gamma-Tocopherols 37.5 mg, Beta-and Delta-Tocopherols 16 mg, Alpha-Lipoic Acid 15 mg, Inositol (inositol) 5 mg,Ê Carotenoid Blend (other than Beta-Carotene) 4.5 mg, Lycopene (as Lycopene) (2.5 mg), Alpha-Carotene (from Palm Fruit Extract) (1 mg), Boron (as Boron Citrate) 1.5 mg, Silicon ( As sodium Metasilicate) 1.5 mg, Vanadium (as Vanadyl sulfate) 10 mcg
-Do you know that Istanbul is selected as the European Capital of Culture in 2010? Are you, the ones with Agoraphobia, working on a cultural project that will represent you in 2010?
Called on the phone. I told, could come. (I am waiting). 0.257m3 “AmericanWay”er came. Started the monologue:
“Our corporation, “AmericanWay” the global leader in direct selling since 1959, today has over 3 million independent business owners in over 80 countries. No other direct selling company can compare with our longevity, stability, and global reach.” (they always tell the same)
“All our independent business owners, besides earning a profit on each sale, sponsor others to join the business and become independent business owners, so that we can all make a profit. What is important for us is sharing.” (who’s selling whom to whom?)
What does public space and public sphere mean for you?
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-Do you feel you are being watched/observed in the public space?
Acarinas live all around the house. I can see some of them on a black surface with my magnifier. They usually have a length of 420 µm and a width of 285 µm. I cannot differentiate their sex. They like the temperature and the humidity of my house; they don’t like the sunshine just like me. I know that they feed on the skin cells I shed. In every space where I breath, perspire and salivate there is a community of Acarinas living.
“hinzir”, “tasadam”, “spirator”, “miniminimaynimo”, ”turlama”, “sicrayanceylan” “susam”, “iq5” from the ‘control initiative we started, leave some designated spaces open for me to watch at all times.
What do you think about the privatization of the public space?
What will be the impacts of urban transformation on the restructuring of the public space? Do you think the re-structured public spaces will create public sphere?
0.167m3 came. Told me about the walk in the park. (my green sofa)
They are building new sidewalks in (Beyoğlu). (I have to get my parquets polished)
0.230m3 came. Been to a Concert. (I have the CD)
Bought a cashmere cardigan. (22C˚ cotton is enough)
0.304m3 came. Tired. Has swollen feet from walking too much. Hands with blisters. (I watched it on live broadcast)
0.118m3 came. Had too many lattes at the café, suffers fast heart palpitations. (I do decaffeinated coffee)
0.297m3 came. Been to the new exhibition. (I surf a different exhibition everyday)
0.189m3 came. Ears hurting from the flight. Afraid to have a jetlag. (I have no such fears in my simulation flights)
-Where may the boundaries between public space and private space ‘melt’? Where may these ‘meltings’ come unto the surface?
“Control Initiative” was established in the beginning of the 21st Century to control the existing control mechanisms, and to deliver the ones under control their space. It created formulas for deconstructing representation, curating the complex trigonometric functions. Developed anti-control mechanisms at the i***qb phase to heighten the perceptions, to expand the senses and to create desire narrowers. Created the permeable/transitive space layer by keeping the emerging free spaces under control.
*Renders invisibility visible developing Nano-Visors.
*Measures the freedom that the narrowed desires will create using the Bio-pixel technology in its test residency units.
*Develops custom-made camouflage techniques using the Skin-pattern programme.
*Enables ‘safety-zones’ to come unto the surface using ‘innerized control’ tablets.
*‘Control Initiative’ will start a ‘residency programme’ in Istanbul, 2010.
-Do you think that a public sphere as a project can ever really be a public sphere?
“Man is small, and, therefore, small is beautiful” (I am beautiful)
"...sees the essence of civilisation not in a multiplication of wants but in the purification of human character. Character, at the same time, is formed primarily by a man's work. And work, properly conducted in conditions of human dignity and freedom, blesses those who do it and equally their products." Small is beautiful E. F. Schumacher
They are classified as ‘biotic’ and ‘abiotic’. ‘biotic’s are derived from animals and plants. ‘abiotic’s are derived from the non-living world. Water, land and air are examples. Minerals and power are ‘abiotic’s derived from nature.
Manpower is insufficient to produce ‘biotic’s or ‘abiotic’s on its own.
_Do you think that the resources, coming from both inside and outside, have an impact on the creation of public sphere?
[email protected] can be used to contact me directly. Get rid of intermediaries.
These questions are compiled by docu:mentalKLINIK. They do not have a particular order, coherency or an expectation of a result.
This ‘make-process’ sent to docu:mentalKLINIK in reply to its questions, was delivered to art-ist magazine as it was received.
agorophobia ]control initiative[
art_ist magazine, 2007 (an insert book)
Project by :mentalKLINIK
Authors: Yasemin Baydar, Birol Demir, Ayşe Draz
1000 copies, 32 pages
a docu:mentalKLINIK book
Published by :mentalKLINIK