For the „Home
Video Systems“ project, I asked Istanbul residents to host screenings
of artists’ video works in their private homes, on their own TV
In the gallery at
Platform is a sign, displaying information about the different homes that
will screen a video, much like a „you are here“ sign in a
With the „Home
video systems“ project, I research the conditions of reception of
video art and the importance of the context it is shown in.
With the visitors
entering the private homes, privacy is altered into a situation in-between
house party, movie night and opening reception.
Being a stranger in
the city, asking strangers to let strangers into their homes, becomes
a chance to rethink identities and territories as social constructions
that can be challenged and replaced by subjective experiences.
The artists that were invited to contribute, reflect the medium they work with in many different ways. From documentary to music video, most of the present formats of televison culture are represented in the language of the participating videos. Appropriating a formal structure is often used to produce statements that suggest an alternative to present ways of communication, thought and representation. The diversity of artistic positions reflect the variety of programs, ideas and concepts produced by the entertainment industry, blurring the borders between the disciplines, thus rendering them visible to an unexpected extent. Questions around the definition of cultural territories, are likely to be raised when viewing an artist video on a private TV on someone else’s sofa: How does the perception of the artist´s video change? Do we relate differently to a video, maybe even to the whole media, in a situation, in which we don´t have to perform our assigned role in the white cube? And finally, in what sense do we perform another role while entering the home of a stranger?
The notion of technical
progress has always been used as propaganda for an automatic social advancement
to happen in parallel. If there is a utopian model formulated by those
in power, it is often merely a technical one. The inflation of the dot.com
hype and the promises of the internet were just the most recent examples.
By asking others to participate in building up a small network, linking people and sites, I define myself rather as a mediator than a producer. Even if the „Home video systems“ project can be seen as a curatorial concept, hosted inside an exhibition, it is more an attempt to create many small-scale situations, that are not manipulated by the artist’s control. With this practise I hope to enable people to join a cultural concept changing it actively, building upon it, or re-adjusting it to their needs. That way, I become a guest in my own idea.