August is over and the festival has come to a close. For those who didn’t get a chance to see everything, festival intern Elvira Garcia opens her personal festival diary to take a look back on a month packed with art and a city full of impressions.
Apartment Project – 02.08.2018
Between the first and third performance of this evening at Apartment Project, the audience gathers quietly in the room, facing the electronic duo FezayaFirar – sitting behind their computer, synthesizers and other devices. As they begin to perform, a pointer starts to move across the wall behind them, leaving a white trail: The Turkish artist Ceren Oykut sits in front of the musicians, drawing in communication with FezayaFirar’s improvisation. Her drawings are projected live: White lines advance across the black surface with the same fluidity as the sounds impregnating the room. Oykut’s drawings never start from an empty surface, and through adding and erasing, she transforms figures seamlessly. The joint improvisation of the artists and disciplines invites the audience to draw connections between the three performing minds, between lines and sound. The performance has the visitors guessing whether the pen strokes follow or disobey the musical rhythms. This spontaneity is stimulating, and makes me search sounds in the drawings and images in the sounds. FezayaFirar’s and Ceren Oykut’s performance transforms this exercise of connection into a pleasurable synesthetic illusion.