Face Value - Material Mimicry at Space Debris


Address: Hoca Tahsin Sokak No: 15/1, Karaköy, Istanbul
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/MBMjmUMXvHQ2 (Above the coffeeshop called ‘Press’) 

“We are here, just standing. 

We should have been other places, or perhaps we are exactly where we need to be. 

What are we? What are we entitled to?
Maybe our place, space, and surfaces are about that. Or all of that has changed and we are something else now. 

We became greater and we became smaller, we were hidden in plain sight. 

We came from the city streets and magnificent living rooms to this space. We are just standing here.
We might look the same, but has our essence changed? If everything that made us has changed, does that change us also?”

                                                                                                                           Sine Ergün, Istanbul, 2017 

Its not fake; its real. How could it be otherwise?
But not what it looks like, so you could call it deceptive. 

Vinyl, polystyrene, laminate, acrylic. In the modern-day city, these materials surround us at every turn. They are cheap, accessible, and can be formed into practically any shape by ever-advancing technologies. But there are deeper-rooted cultural habits and aesthetic tendencies that are slow to change. There is still an innate value placed on stone, the precious metals, glass, plaster and wood, though generally a dramatically diminished patience for their cost and time requirements. Insistence on quick fixes and low budgets require compromises to be made....and they are. Imitations, impersonations, improvisations - the results are often not without a sense of irony. 

Cities are a human creation. They are experienced simultaneously by millions of people. Layers physically and conceptually obstruct most of what is going on, creating an illusion of interior and exterior, public and private, yours and mine. 


Value is collectively negotiated. 

Appearance is key.

© Julie Upmeyer 2016