'Copy, Manipulate, Paste: Recreate Istanbul'
Interactive collage workshop
A public workshop entitled ‘Copy, Manipulate, Paste: Recreate Istanbul’ was held at Kadirga Cultural Center in Istanbul on April 24, 2010. Inspired by the notion of psycho-geography that examines the effect of the geographical environment on the emotions and behavior of individuals, we wanted to know how people felt about a given environment, if given a chance how they would manipulate their space, what elements they would keep, eliminate or. We were also interested in how people’s ideas differed from or conformed to the ones forth by the agents of gentrification efforts that are taking place all over the city. The workshop was able to create a cross section of the society by attracting a wide range of individuals from different age groups and socio-economic backgrounds, including our youth group from Kucuk Armutlu. Led by Gul Cagin, the participants examined the various existing architectural images and started to move them on the paper. They were also provided with paper and drawing materials to create their own city elements from starch. By cutting, manipulating and pasting urban elements onto existing cityscape, the participants organized portions of their own city reflecting their own needs, wants, aspirations, biases and fantasies. Forged to contemplate and make decisions like city planners, they were transformed from passive audience members into active participants to create cityscapes that are at once playful, functional, fantastic and utopian.