1- Novel in glass. Turkish sound vitrines based on motifs by Orhan Pamuk. By Antje Vowinckel, Produktion HR/SWR 2014, 54 minutes
2 – The Threshold. Film by Fabian Astore with sound design by Korhan Erel (joint winner of Blake Prize 2012), 7 minutes
3- Improvisation by Korhan Erel, laptop, Antje Vowinckel, organ and objects, 15 minutes
Parallel to his novel The Museum of Innocence Orhan Pamuk had built a museum of the same title in Istanbul, assembling objects that play a role in the novel. In more than 80 vitrines the objects correspond in a new way and convey the zeitgeist of the western orientated upper class in Istanbuls 70s. These vitrines are documented with many fotos in his book The innocence of objects.
“When creating the vitrines I became conscious that the objects I had been collecting for years and described in my novel got a new meaning in the museum. As soon as they were lying in vitrines they talked to each other and sang a new song transcending the novel.
A sound composition based on this “song” is the idea of German sound composer and radio artist Antje Vowinckel. She transfers the idea of chance encounters in vitrines into the acoustic dimension by using glass resonances.
The Threshold is a video by Fabian Astore shot in Istanbul and augmented by Korhan Erel’s sound design. The video jointly won the coveted Blake Prize in Australia in 2012. As Astore describes it: “Sitting at the threshold, the presence of childhood innocence renders complex boundaries to a moment of spiritual elevation. A video recorded serendipitously in Istanbul, Turkey in January 2012.”
The evening will end with a 15-minute improvisation by Antje Vowinckel on electric organ and objects, and Korhan Erel on computer and controllers.