With Exploded City, Ahmet Öğüt envisions an imaginary metropolis comprising buildings, monuments, and vehicles that have figured in acts of violence and terrorism over the past two decades.
Ahmet Öğüt’s piece "Exploded City"—on view at the Berkeley Art Museum until April 11, 2010—is composed entirely of models of buildings that have been damaged or destroyed by terrorist strikes since the 1990s. The structures may be in their inviolate form, but nevertheless, human models placed throughout the doomed buildings would impart a macabre note to the city. Rhizome
It was a summer day when Marco Polo appeared before Kubilay
Khan. The emperor, certain that the Venetian would be describing
some unheard of city that morning, said: So, tell me.
Marco Polo, in his voice still bearing the impressions of the city
from his most recent travel, begins his narration:
This city is from the future. It’s called The Exploded City. Those
who live there have emigrated from faraway lands, with dreams of
traveling to the future. When they realized that there was no finding
the future, they decided to build this city. It is said that hundreds of
different languages, such as Otesian, Bosnian, Albanian, Kurdish,
Castilian, Irish, Turkish, Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Anglo-Frisian, and
other Saami, Altaic, and Slavic languages are spoken in this city. These
people who don’t speak each other’s language, instead of creating a
lingua franca, have learned to communicate through looking into one
another’s eyes. Not before long, they taught me this eye language as
well. In this city, all the other remaining languages are like a constant
background noise. They actually resemble the besieging of the city by
various types of birds.
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