Through the RJNR project, realized during the 2018-2019 cycle, sub contributed to the dynamism of the arts and culture scene in Çanakkale by creating a turnover of guests and locals.
Now for the year 2020, the !!! project seeks to increase the momentum of intergenerational and -disciplinary interaction by inviting experienced artists and researchers into the process.
Developed by Çanakkale-based sub-initiative, !!! is a collaborative creative documentation and mapping project that spreads over a 10-month period to produce alternative narratives with reference to the ecological dynamics of Çanakkale and its surroundings with an interdisciplinary approach via memory.
Taking the narrative potential of hybrid practices, !!! aims to transcend mainstream narratives and encourages alternative ways of thinking. In order to weave conceptual connections regarding memory and ecology, it acts on three main themes in four regions (City Centers, Gallipoli Peninsula, Ida Mountains and Coastal Line): “blossoming”, “producing/consuming” and “commemoration/celebration”.
The project determines its participants via open call, accompanied by a series of supportive public events in collaboration with birbuçuk collective, which are organised through online platforms, due to the announcement of the pandemic and travel restrictions.
As sub, we maintain our inclusive approach to stimulate inter-disciplinary and -generational interaction and collaboration between participants. Our current group of participants is composed of research-based multidisciplinary artists and educators, dancers, photographers, communication designers, architects, painters and videographers.
Following the determination of project participants, research topics and groups, sub aims to support productions triggered by this program by organizing field studies and workshops in line with the context of themes and research proposals, and to circulate the project outputs through a website that will be published in November 2020.
Along with the questions raised through the pandemics, ‘memory’, one of our main project concept has been transforming in the ecological contexts:
! What do natural and cultural distinctions caused by extension-based neoliberal policies mean at the horizon of extinction? What kind of transformation awaits these distinctions when priorities of urban political ecology go beyond anthropocentrism; beyond the destruction of nature simply as a threat to the future of humanity?
! How can a regenerative cycle be made possible, and at what scales, in the context of resources and their politics? “Filth” says anthropologist Mary Douglas, “is any displaced substance. As a category, it is loaded with symbolic and affective associations about waste, cycles, rebirth and loss.” How can we create a culture from waste as a "resource" in non-expanding and cyclical scales? What is the scope of its economy now and how can innovation be achieved in production, how can transformation of art practices develop propositions in this context?
! While human activity in the physical/kinetic context is decreasing, and intensity in digital platforms in the mental/operant context increasing, what are the new possibilities in the politics and policies of labor and efficiency? As a decentralized ground, how can the web shape online organizational forms and these new possibilities?
Today, mainstream narratives and discourses about environmental sensitivities appeal to specific behavior and needs of the society; however, they fail to reveal or raise awareness on the essence of the problem.
Such mainstream national and historical narratives also perform the notion of remembering and preserving the past through symbolic ascribing, representation and identification mechanisms. They maintain their existence through memorized, repetitive roles and archaic narrations. Incapable of transferring a culture, they cannot relate neither past nor present complexity of conditions.
Therefore, creating alternative narratives that transform the memory of Çanakkale and its surroundings in relation to ecological beings and processes is important in terms of opening the mainstream deadlock and raising alternative models, increasing actions for the solutions of current critical problems.
The emphasis on ecology in alternative narratives stems from an understanding of nature as a whole, and the urge to develop propositions for processes of production/consumption.